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2011 Schaefer Model 16
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Serial #: 11211
Body Width: 16" Nut: 1 3/4" Scale: 25" Depth: 3"
Finish: Light sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type.
Materials: Solid hand-carved tiger flame maple back, sides and neck; solid hand-carved graduated spruce top; solid ebony fingerboard, solid mother-of-pearl inlays, grained ivoroid binding; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes bound pickguard and tailpiece, floating Armstrong PAF humbucking pickup, Waverly 16x1 tuners, solid ebony compensated adjustable bridge, adjustable truss rod.
Notes: Texas luthier Ed Schaefer's archtop guitars are meticulously constructed entirely by hand, and rarely seen on the vintage market. His Model 16 marries the premium hand-carved solid spruce soundboard and highly flamed maple body with the classic tone of the tap-tuned, X-braced Venetian cutaway design. The full-depth 16" body is a easy under the arm, and the subtle washed cherry sunburst finish shows the intensely figured tiger flame maple body to great advantage.
The neck has a comfy gentle "D" profile, notably sleek and fast, and the frets are the classic medium-jumbos, famously easy to play. Body and neck are exquisitely balanced, and the instrument sits comfortably on the lap or the shoulder. The voice is clear, open and transparent, very musical, with excellent definition and balance. The Armstrong Handmade floating humbucking pickup produces a smooth, silky tone, notably faithful to the acoustic voice. The instrument is in immaculate, virtually unplayed condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. A handbuilt marvel, the Model 16 offers true vintage craftsmanship in an elegant contemporary package, at an exceptional value.
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 arched plush hardshell case.