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2008 Trenier Motif
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Serial#: 1049, hand signed by the builder, April, 2008
Body size at lower bout: 16 " Body Depth: 2 7/8" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .090/1.00, 1st/10th frets
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved European spruce top; handcarved figured mahogany back and sides; 2 piece mahogany neck with walnut centerstripe; solid rosewood fingerboard and binding; pearl headstock logo; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Handcarved ebony hardware includes contoured tailpiece and finger rest, compensated adjustable bridge. Nickel Gotoh 16:1 butterbean tuners.
Notes: A European trained builder whose instruments combine traditional design with exacting contemporary standards of craft, Bryant Trenier is a fine visual designer as well as a meticulous fabricator. One of the most talented builders of his generation, Trenier has built a following on both sides of the Atlantic with his exquisitely crafted instruments, the products of his intensive research and deep commitment to the art of the acoustic archtop guitar.
A rarely seen model, Trenier's Motif archtop is a hybrid design, with roots in Orville Gibson's pioneering archtop guitars of the early 20th century. The 16 inch Venetian cutaway body is arched in the conventional fashion, with an oval soundhole designed to enhance bass response and sustain. The deep, lively acoustic voice has excellent projection out front, and is directly transmitted to the ear through the oval soundport in the upper bass bout of the side.
The body is handcarved of solid highly figured mahogany, with a bookmatched X-braced European spruce top. At an astounding 4lb 10oz, this guitar is almost impossibly light in weight, yet is rock solid in construction, and effortlessly balanced on the lap or the strap. The neck has a traditional solid C profile, nice and full in the hand, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup.
This example is 100% original and shows only the most incidental signs of play. A striking work of contemporary luthiery, the Trenier Motif delivers robust vintage tone with 21st century playability, in a design that synthesizes the best of old and new. As of this writing, Trenier has suspended new orders to work on his backlog. 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.