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2019 Seventy Seven Sakura Hawk

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SN #: ASO495

Body size at lower bout: 16" Body depth: 1 3/4" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .87/.94

Materials: Highly figured cherry laminate body; solid African mahogany neck, with solid ebony fingerboard, polished bone nut.

Hardware: All original hardware includes twin gold Mojotone Classic humbucking pickups, Gotoh black anodized tuners and Tuneomatic style bridge, solid ebony inlaid pickguard and tailpiece, black reflector cap control knobs, black anodized 3 way pickup selector switch.

Notes: 'Sakura' is the Japanese word for the beloved cherry blossoms that have heralded the arrival of springtime on that island since antiquity. 'Sakura' is also of one of the most iconic melodies in Japanese folk and popular music (in a minor pentatonic mode, for you theory geeks.)

And finally, it's the name for this top-end, hand crafted guitar from one of the best respected boutique builders in that quality-obsessed land. A division of the venerable Diviser group, builders of hand crafted instruments since the late 1970's, the Seventy Seven brand has specialized in custom designed thinline guitars since 2006, built with meticulous attention to detail, and finished exclusively with traditional nitrocellulose lacquer.

True to its name, the Sakura is inlaid in a cherry blossom motif, scattered from its peghead to its solid ebony fingerboard and pickguard. Built by hand in the Asaka factory in Nagano, the model is essentially a slimline version of the Gibson ES-175, with its 16" Florentine cutaway design. The arched, fully hollow body is crafted of highly figured cherry wood, of course, a laminate both notably attractive and substantially resistant to feedback. The solid African mahogany neck has the solid C profile feel of the classic 50's Gibsons, and is intended by its designers to enhance tone and sustain as well.

At just 6lb 5oz, the guitar is notably lighter than its Gibson counterparts, and is fitted with premium hardware throughout, from its Gotoh tuners and bridge, to the hand wound, North Carolina based Mojotone Classic humbuckers, with their unbalanced, vacuum potted coils, emphasizing clarity, detail, and high frequency response.

This rare example is one of no more than a dozen built in total, and is in 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb, fret or fingerboard wear, with a lovely natural genuine nitro lacquer finish. The action is low and smooth over immaculate medium fretwork, with a fresh high precision setup.

The success of the exquisitely built D'Angelico and D'Aquisto reissues proved beyond doubt that high-end Japanese craftsmanship is second to none worldwide (as any Lexus, Acura or Infiniti owner will be happy to tell you.) A rare find, and a true best buy in a genuine hand crafted classic. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Case: Deluxe arched black plush lined hardshell case.





























































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