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2009 Eastman Pagelli PG-1
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Body size at lower bout: 17 " Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4" Body Depth: 3 5/16" Neck depth: .80/.93, 1st/10th fret
Finish: Violin finish, nitrocellulose type
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; handcarved tiger flame maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; solid maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard and truss rod cover; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Solid flame maple pickguard, tailpiece and bridge with bone saddle; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys; Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith style floating humbucking pickup; thumbwheel volume and tone controls under finger rest; endpin jack.
Notes: Innovative modern luthiers Claudio and Claudia Pagelli combine Italian flair with Swiss precision in designing their dramatic custom built guitars. From their workshop in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland, they have collaborated with Eastman to produce an instrument with custom luthier look and feel, at a working player's price. An intriguing fusion of traditional and modern design, the Pagelli is crafted to delight the eye, ear and hand alike. The deco-inspired body contour was created with ergonomic efficiency in mind: body and neck both balanced for maximum player comfort.
This striking example is constructed of particularly vivid tiger flame maple, which is bookmatched in an extravagant chevron pattern along the back centerseam, and plays out in diagonal rollers on the sides. At a phenomenal 4lb 13oz, the guitar is extraordinarily light in weight and resonant, with the finely carved top producing a voice both sweet, clear and nicely balanced. The Armstrong floating humbucker is quiet and accurate, and the figured maple bridge is capped with a saddle of solid bone, transmitting string energy to the soundboard without metal parts of any kind.
The instrument is in fine condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear and all original hardware and electronics. A pair of hairline cracks, one at the bottom of each soundhole, have been soundly cleated and resealed, and the instrument has been given a fresh high-precision setup. Finally, the guitar is supplied complete with its custom Eastman deluxe plush lined hardshell case.
Rarely seen on the vintage market, the Pagelli offers museum quality design, at an off-the-rack price. One only: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings (.012-.052). 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.
Case: Original black custom Eastman deluxe plush lined hardshell case.