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1994 Grimes Jazz Nouveau

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Serial #: 0254

Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 3 1/16" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 3/4"

Finish: amber blonde, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain Sitka spruce top; AAAA flame Koa back, sides and reverse headplate; one piece soild mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard; abalone headstock logo; deluxe 7-ply body and headstock binding; 5-ply neck binding; triple bound f-holes; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hardware includes hand carved ebony tailpiece and finger rest; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners, compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Armstrong floating single coil pickup with volume control and endpin jack.

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 meticulousl construction and creative designs. Working from his shop on the side of Mt. Haleakala on Maui, Grimes has partnered with such luminaries as slack-key master Keola Beamer and legendary designer Ned Steinberger to create instruments that fuse elegant craftsmanship with strikingly innovative design.

The Grimes Jazz Nouveau is a prime example. Combining a traditional tap-tuned X-braced soundboard with a highly figured flat Koa back, the Jazz Nouveau blends classic archtop punch and projection with the extended bass response of the better jumbo flat top designs. The Selmer style cutaway allows full access to the uppermost fretboard, and Grimes' fabled wood stash is on full display in the breathtaking flamed Koa back and sides and fine dark ebony board and hardware.

According to the maker, this instrument was originall built for noted guitar string and accessory maker John Pearse. She's been mintained in immaculate original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, or cracks or checking of any kind. The amber blonde finish imparts a rich glow to the finely carved tonewood, and the neck profile is truly fine; slim and perfectly tapered for effortless play. An Armstrong floating single coil pickup highlights the rich acoustic voice to great effect. Grimes guitars are built like Swiss watches, and rarely parted with by their owners. A rare opportunity for the adventurous player.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.012-.054). 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 black plush hardshell case.



























































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