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2011 Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan 'F'
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SN# 112911, signed by the maker
Body size at lower bout: 16 1/2" (420mm). Scale length: 26 3/8" (670mm) Nut Width: 1 10/16" (42mm) Body depth at tailpiece: 4" (100mm) Neck depth: .88/.95, 1st/10th frets
Materials: Bookmatched solid Sitka spruce top; solid figured bookmatched Indian rosewood back and sides; solid black walnut neck; solid ebony fingerboard; rosewood bound body.
Hardware: All original gold hardware including Miller 14:1 tuners with Galalith buttons and Busato style tailpiece; solid rosewood bridge, clear scratchplate.
Notes: Noted luthier Rodrigo Shopis has been building gypsy guitars one at a time by hand in his tiny New York studio for years, building a reputation as an innovative craftsman. His D'Artagnan Model 'F' has the larger Favino style body, with the long Petite Bouche scale, making an instrument with remarkable depth and projection, with lighter bracing for more bass response and sustain.
At barely over 4lb, the guitar is wonderfully light in weight and well balanced, and is built with handsomely bookmatched back and sides of solid rosewood, in contrast to the laminate bodies seen on typical gypsy guitars. With smooth low action over a slim, comfy solid black walnut neck, the guitar is 100% original and free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. The lightweight oil finish lends an authentic vintage look, while allowing the tonewood to sing freely. Apart from a few patches of fogging on the back, the instrument shows little signs of age altogether.
A special bonus is the original white Calton ATA rated flight case, a $1000 value in itself. Shopis guitars are rarely seen on the vintage market: players tend to be keepers. Here's a chance to jump the queue for a new one, and bag a bargain too. One only: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with light gauge silvered steel strings, and will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference.