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2014 Steve Grimes Bluesette 15
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Serial #: 0871, signed by the maker
Body size at lower bout: 15" Body Depth: 2 1/4" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .78/.85
Materials: AAAA quilted maple back and sides; solid hand graduated Sitka spruce soundboard; solid mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; curly maple body binding; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Hand carved ebony tailpiece, bridge and finger rest; gold Gotoh 510 18:1 tuners; Lollar Low-Wind Imperial humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls and endpin jack; hex-key adjustable truss rod.
Notes: Since 1972 the celebrated luthier Steve Grimes has been making master quality instruments by hand, and building in the process a formidable reputation for his meticulous construction and creative designs. Working from his shop on the side of Mt. Haleakala on the island of Maui, Grimes has partnered with such luminaries as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Steve Miller, Leo Kottke, Paul Simon, and Willie Nelson, to create instruments that fuse elegant craftsmanship with strikingly innovative design.
Carved with the most stunning tonewoods, this gorgeous example of Grimes' Bluesette model features intensely quilted maple throughout, with a tap-tuned X-braced Sitka spruce soundboard. With a weight of an astounding 4lb 11oz, the instrument is designed to maximize player comfort, with a compact 15" body slimmed to a depth of 2 1/4", gliding effortlessly under the arm.
With hand carved ebony hardware, the guitar is fitted with a built-in Lollar Low-Wind Imperial humbucking pickup, whose vintage style Alnico II magnets impart a peerless bop era tone. The subtly shaded dark cherryburst finish is shot in true light nitro lacquer, to optimize the acoustic resonance as well.
Lovingly maintained by its original owner, the instrument remains without pick, buckle, thumb, fret or fingerboard wear, and with all original hardware and electronics. Apart from a single small finish nick on the cutaway horn, the appears all but unplayed otherwise. With its fresh high-precision setup, the guitar has smooth low action over a very comfy gentle D profile neck, and plays most elegantly indeed.
We are pleased to offer this splendid instrument, complete with its original ultra-premium Ameritage hardshell case. So if you can't make it to Steve's shop in sunny Hawaii, fret not. You'll still need your sunglasses when you flip this eye-popping guitar over. One only: call now.
Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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.