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2008 Baker Model 35
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Serial #: 207
Nut: 1 11/16" Scale: 25" Width: 16" Depth: 1 3/4"
Finish: Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid carved figured mahogany back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved quilted maple top and headplate; solid ebony fingerboard.
Hardware: All nickel hardware includes twin Lindy Fralin Unbucker pickups, Delta Series 16x1 tuners, stop tailpiece, Tunematic bridge, 3 way pickup selector switch; gold 50's Gibson style gold bell knobs.
Notes: Tired of typical plywood thinlines? Then pick a few sweet notes on the Baker Model 35.
Introduced in 1958, the Gibson ES-335 debuted the thinline body, with an inner block for sustain and reduced feedback, and the new humbucking pickups for quiet operation, high output, and sweet, fat tone. The 335 became an instant classic, mass-produced in the thousands to this day with inexpensive, durable plywood bodies.
New York luthier Victor Baker's archtop guitars are meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. His Model 35 blends the premium hand-carved solid quilted maple soundboard and figured mahogany of his top-line jazz boxes to the comfortable thinline body of the classic 335. At just 7lb. 11oz the body and neck are well balanced, and the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder. The vintage sunburst finish shows the intensely figured quilted maple top to superb advantage. The neck has a gentle "D" profile, remarkably sleek and fast, and the frets are the classic medium-jumbos, famously easy to play. The Fralin Unbucker pickups produce a smooth, high output signal with lots of snap and sustain. The instrument was custom built without a pickguard, and is virtually unplayed, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. With a fast neck and smooth sweet bluesy tone, this handbuilt marvel blends 335 comfort with L-5 quality construction.
Baker's guitars are now available only on custom order, and the pricing at this writing is $4400. One only, call now.
Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.
Case: Original plush hardshell case.