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2022 S.Tsuji DA-17

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Serial #: 22368 Body size at lower bout: 16 1/2" Body depth: 3" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 23/32" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .85/.94

Materials: Solid hand-graduated carved spruce top; solid carved maple body and neck; solid ebony fingerboard; solid multi-ply maple binding.

Hardware: All original ebony hardware includes multi-bound pickguard, inlaid tailpiece, compensated adjustable bridge, volume and tone control knobs, and truss rod cover. Gold Grover Imperial tuners; MJS Custom Split Single floating pickup, with volume and tone controls and 1/4" guard mount jack.

Notes: Master luthier Shiro Tsuji began his apprenticeship carving the soundboards of viol family instruments in a small instrument factory in the historic city of Kyoto. Later repairing Gibson and Martin guitars, he became the favored restoration luthier for the Tsumura Collection, at that time one of the largest private fretted instrument collections in the world.

Now located in the rustic Unesco World Heritage village of Gokoyama, Tsuji has developed innovative techniques for optimizing the design of his widely acclaimed series of archtop guitars. With solid top and back plates first pressed onto shape, they are graduated by hand to produce a more acoustically responsive instrument than most conventional factory built archtops.

His DA-17 model is a tribute to D'Angelico's legendary Excel cutaway, with an all carved, full depth, 17" body, split block pearl inlays, and signature Art Deco 'stairstep' pickguard. Premium touches include the striking curly maple binding on the body, soundholes and pickguard as well.

With classic traditional design, and meticulous fit and finish, the result is an instrument of handsome visual quality, and strong clean lines. Well balanced on the lap or the strap, the 17" body lends a warm acoustic voice, with its meticulously graduated X-braced soundboard. Of special note is the 24 3/4" scale neck, rare to find on a full size 17" archtop, ideal for the player seeking faster runs and smoother stretch chords, while retaining the deeper resonance of the larger body.

The neck has a gentle D profile, comfy in the palm, with smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup. Lovingly maintained in showroom condition, the guitar remains free of playwear, and is fitted with a unique custom MJS Split Single Coil floating pickup. This innovative design provides clear, detailed single coil tone, without the hum typically associated with vintage single coil pickups. A rare bird indeed on the vintage market, Tsuji's guitars are a very scarce sighting on this side of the pond.

A winning combination of top crafsmanship, classic design, and exceptional value. One only, call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flat wound 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.

Case: Deluxe original brown hardshell case with green plush lining.



















































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