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1997 Campellone Special

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SN# 791295

Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 3" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 11/16"

Finish: Natural blonde, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain quartersawn spruce top; handcarved solid quartersawn tiger flame maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; solid tiger flame maple neck with walnut centerstripe; solid ebony fingerboard; pearl headstock logo and fret inlays; 5-ply body binding; abalone and pearl inlay and truss rod cover.

Hardware: Solid ebony hardware includes deco-design tailpiece and inlaid compensated adjustable ebony bridge; hand bound ebony pickguard; Grover 16X1 Rotomatic tuners with Imperial keys; gold Kent aromstrong floating humbucker with volume control, endpin jack.

Notes: It is expected that a first-class luthier will excel at the fundamentals of the craft: joinery, voicing, fit and finish. But Mark Campellone is that rarest of builders who succeeds where so many of his peers fall short, in the crucial dimension of design. Simply put, all of Mark's instruments are beautiful, as pleasing to behold as they are to play. Simple, tasteful, with understated elegance, Campellone guitars draw from the heart of traditional styling, updated with bold, modern flair.

This instrument is from Mark's top-line Special series, and is a stunning example of his finest work, in immaculate as-new condition. Handmade at his Rhode Island workshop, the Campellone Special is a full depth Venetian cutaway guitar in the classic tradition, carved of bookmatched tiger flame maple, with a hand-graduated tap-tuned quartersawn spruce top. The back shows exceptional bookmatched tiger flame figure, and the neck is criscrossed with rollers of barber-pole flame. The neck profile is a gently flattened D, with smooth low action over perfect medium jumbo frets, in a fingerboard of solid black ebony. A final touch is the original art-deco styled tailpiece, inlays and truss rod cover, surely among the most attractive we've seen.

Careful graduation and lightweight X-bracing gives this guitar remarkable clarity and depth, with remarkable detail and projection: this is one exceptionally fine sounding acoustic archtop, ideal for chord melody, soloing and comping alike. We can think of no other maker today who delivers so much quality so reasonably. Not surprisingly, value like this has generated quite a backlog. Skip the long wait list, and snag this immaculate specimen while you can.

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 black plush hardshell case.




























































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