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2013 Ryan Thorell Red Sky Deluxe

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SN# 0119

Body size at lower bout: 16", Body Depth: 3 1/4" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 3/4"

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain spruce top; full-depth handcarved solid AAA maple back and sides; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; solid rosewood binding; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hardware includes hand carved ebony tailpiece, finger rest, and compensated adjustable ebony bridge; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners, hand-built single coil pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone controls, endpin jack.

Notes: Ephraim Logan was a pioneer fur trapper in the Cache Valley and Bear River Mountains, in the northern part of Utah's rugged Wasatch Range. The town that bears his name is a tidy community, home to Utah State University, an historic Mormon Tabernacle, and Ryan Thorell, Luthier. A creative and meticulous craftsman, Thorell has built a growing fan base, including top professionals like Concord Jazz artist Frank Vignola.

Thorell's Red Sky Deluxe is built from the ground up as a vibrant acoustic guitar first and foremost, which sounds absolutely superb under amplification as well. The top is supported with very light tone bar (parallel) braces, in the style of the classic Lloyd Loar L-5. Carved slightly deeper to reduce feedback under amplification, the soundboard produces a crisp, clean voice, with plenty of projection and bark.

Custom touches abound, the sort of labor-intensive appointments unseen on factory guitars. The polished rosewood binding extends to a unique beveled ramp where the top meets the sides at the cutaway. The peghead is inlaid with multi-colored wooden marquetry, and the neck centerstripe is inset with ribbon figured mahogany of amazing luminosity. Remarkably, the pickup is built by Ryan himself: a hand-wound single coil unit in the style of the classic DeArmond 1100 Rhythm Chief, with gold polepieces encased in a housing of solid ebony. Even the thumbwheel control are hand-knurled of solid ebony. Nobody does this.

The back and neck are carved of tiger flame maple of dizzying depth, and the hardware is hand crafted of solid ebony throughout. The vintage style nitro finish is shaded so subtly rim to rim that the sunburst transition is all but imperceptible, a handsome look indeed. The 16" body sits smartly under the arm, and at just 5lb. 15oz. is notably light weight and well balanced. The neck profile is an elegant gentle D, with smooth low action over the solid ebony fingerboard and its striking art-deco inlays. This example is in as-new showroom condition, and offers the opportunity to jump the wait list, and bag a bargain in the process. One only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original deluxe arched blonde tolex Cedar Creek plush lined hardshell case.






















































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