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2008 Ryan Thorell Legato

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SN# 0832

Body size at lower bout: 16 3/4", Body Depth: 3 1/4" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 23/32"

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved Port Orford cedar top; full-depth handcarved solid curly walnut back and sides; one piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; solid koa binding; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hand carved ebony hardware includes hinged trapeze tailpiece, bound finger rest, and compensated adjustable bridge; gold Gotoh 510 21x1tuners, floating Bartolini pickup with ebony volume knob, thumbwheel tone control, and endpin jack.

Notes: Ephraim Logan was a pioneer fur trapper in the Cache Valley and Bear River Mountains, in the northern part of Utah's rugged Wasatch Range. The town that bears his name is a tidy community, home to Utah State University, an historic Mormon Tabernacle, and Ryan Thorell, Luthier. A creative and meticulous craftsman, Thorell has built a growing fan base, including top professionals like Concord Jazz artist Frank Vignola.

Thorell's Legato is built from the ground up as a vibrant acoustic guitar first and foremost, which sounds absolutely superb under amplification as well. The top is supported with very light tone bar (parallel) braces, in the style of the classic Lloyd Loar L-5. Elegantly carved, the solid Port Orford soundboard is warm and rich in response, with excellent detail and projection.

Custom touches abound, the sort of labor-intensive appointments unseen on factory guitars. The polished koa binding extends to the sound port, pickguard edging and the generous cat-eye soundholes. The peghead is faced in graceful bookmatched curly walnut, with extravagant elm burl on the reverse side.

The back and neck are carved of some of the rarest tonewood on the planet: curly black walnut, with intense rollers of flame bookmatched in a dramatic chevron pattern. Like the prewar walnut Epiphones, the Legato's body produces a distinctly brilliant voice, with pronounced natural reverb in he upper register. The hardware is hand crafted of solid ebony throughout, and the vintage style nitro finish is masterfully applied. At almost 17" the guitar is woody and full in the lower mids, and at just 5lb. 10oz. is exceptionally light in weight for a full size acoustic archtop. The neck profile is a solid gentle D, nice and full in the hand, with smooth low action over the solid ebony fingerboard. Finally, the floating Bartolini pickup is a longtime favorite, delivering smooth, classic bop tone, with an ebony volume control knob, and a thumbwheel tone control tucked discreetly under the edge of the guard.

This rare example is in virtually unplayed condition, and offers the opportunity to jump the wait list, and bag a bargain in the process. One only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" 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 arched blonde tolex Cedar Creek plush lined hardshell case.






















































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