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2010 Schaefer Freddy
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Serial #: 09210
Body Width: 14" Body Depth: 2 " Nut: 1 11/16"" Scale: 25" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .79/.89
Materials: Solid hand-carved European flame maple back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved bearclaw spruce top; solid ebony fingerboard, solid mother-of-pearl inlays, solid bone nut.; grained ivoroid binding.
Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes bound pickguard and tailpiece, floating Armstrong Handmade PAF humbucking pickup, Waverly butterbean 16x1 tuners with grained ivoroid keys, solid ebony compensated adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod.
Notes: Austin luthier Ed Schaefer's archtop guitars were meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. His Freddy model is the perfect instrument for the player on the go. All solid, all carved, slim depth 14" body delivers big-guitar archtop tone, but slips smartly into the overhead bin. The premium hand-carved solid spruce soundboard and highly flamed maple body have the classic voice of the tap-tuned, parallel braced soundboard. And the guitar is almost impossibly light in weight: at a mere 4lb 10oz. it practically floats off the lap, yet is built to withstand the rigors of the road.
This guitar is crafted with a bookmatched chevron tiger flamed maple body of exceptional intensity, with a solid carved fine grained Sitka spruce soundboard. The neck has a comfy gentle "D" profile, notably sleek and fast, and the frets are the classic medium-jumbos, famously easy to play. The Armstrong Handmade floating humbucking pickup produces a smooth, silky tone, faithful to the acoustic voice, which is wonderfully resonant, especially for an instrument of this compact size.
Since Ed's retirement awhile back, these rare birds have become instant collector's items. Here's an opportunity to bag one of the last of his renowned archtops, in virtually unplayed condition.
An ideal gig companion: just sling it over your shoulder. 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 deluxe Cedar Creek arched plush lined hardshell case.