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2013 Maegan Wells 16

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SN#: 01812, Signed by the maker

Nut Width: 1 11/16" Scale Length: 25 1/2" Body size: 16 1/2" Body depth: 3 1/8" Neck depth: .77/.89, 1st/10th frets

Finish: Amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Solid handcarved Sitka spruce top; solid flame maple body; birdseye maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; curly Koa binding; polished bone nut

Hardware: All original ebony hardware includes contoured finger rest, trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable bridge. Gold 18:1 Gotoh 510 tuners with ebony keys, Bartolini humbucking pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone controls, endpin jack.

Notes: A gifted protege of renowned luthier Tom Ribbecke, Maegan Wells honed her craft in five years at his shop before setting up her own workbench in cozy Forestville, California, a magnet for artists and writers since the late 19th century. With her particular focus on carved archtops and mandolins, Maegan has created a considerable buzz, with features on Peghead Nation, Stewart Macdonald, and other prestigious online venues.

Handcrafted of extravagant tiger flame maple, Well's 16 archtop features a spectacular birdseye maple neck, a hand-graduated Adirondack spruce soundboard, and curly Koa binding that extends even to the soundholes. (Who else does that?) At a scant 4lb, 15oz., the instrument is also one of the lightest archtops of its size we've seen, simply floating on the lap or the strap.

The neck is equally well crafted, with an elegant, gentle D profile, and smooth low action over a solid ebony fingerboard. The Bartolini humbucking pickup provides warm, accurate amplification, and the 18:1 geared gold Gotoh tuners are incomparably smooth and precise. Not one to skimp on the details, Maegan has supplied the guitar as well with an ultra-premium Ameritage hardshell case, artfully emblazoned with her own designer logo.

The acoustic voice is warm and woody, with appealing natural reverb in the upper register, all conveyed smoothly to the amp. This example is in gleaming 100% original condition, without apparent playwear. A small trace of color from the case lining appears faintly on the lower bass bout, but otherwise the guitar appears fresh from the showroom.

Flawless in fit and finish, this handsome instrument is a rare find, from a rising star. And truly a best buy, with custom handbuilt quality at a price well within reach of the working player. One only: call now.

Case: Original deluxe beige Ameritage arched plushlined hardshell case.






















































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