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2007 Trenier Broadway
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Serial#: 1038, hand signed by the builder, July 15, 2007
Body size at lower bout: 16 " Body Depth: 3" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .82/1.0, 1st/10th frets
Finish: Vintage sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved European spruce top; handcarved figured curly walnut back and sides; 2 piece mahogany neck with walnut centerstripe; solid Macassar ebony fingerboard; pearl headstock logo; 3-ply body binding; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Handcarved Macassar ebony finger rest, and compensated adjustable bridge, contoured ebony tailpiece, nickel Waverly 16:1 tuners, Armstrong Handwound Adjustable Floating PAF pickup with thumbwheel volume control, endpin jack. Additional original Macassar ebony finger rest included.
Notes: Those who've followed our listings over the years know our particular affection for the legendary prewar Epiphone archtops. The brilliance of these guitars has led us to champion the design in contemporary instruments as well. Northwest luthier Bryant Trenier has revisited these renowned instruments, with some intriguing contemporary touches. This handsome and powerful guitar is the result.
The classic 16 inch body is hand carved of solid black walnut, nicely figured with longitudinal grain. Used in Epi's legendary prewar Broadway models, the walnut body imparts a unique brilliance and projection to the voice, and with its bookmatched European spruce top, this remarkable guitar is also X-braced for greater sustain and bass response. The result is an instrument of notable warmth and depth, with a clear, open acoustic voice rare in recently built guitars. Neck profile is a comfy gentle D, with smooth low action over fine medium fretwork, on a solid Macassar ebony fingerboard, with a fresh high-precision setup. Enhancing its versatility is the Armstrong Handwound Adjustable Floating PAF pickup, a marvel of faithful amplification, equally at home with nickel or bronze strings alike.
This example has all original hardware and finish and has been maintained in wonderful condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. At just 5lb 6oz the instrument is phenomenally light in weight, and exquisitely balanced. An additional original Macassar ebony finger rest is included as well, to allow for a fully acoustic conversion as desired. A striking work of contemporary luthiery, the Trenier Broadway delivers robust vintage tone with 21st century playability, in a design that synthesizes the best of old and new. Bryant's new guitars start at $10K with a substantial wait. Grab this instant classic at an unbeatable price. One only, call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze roundwound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.
Case: Original deluxe black arched plush lined hardshell case.