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1997 Comins Classic
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Serial#: 0050, label hand signed by the maker
Body size at lower bout: 17", Body Depth: 3 3/38" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .80/.92, 1st/10th frets
Finish: sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer type.
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain Sitka spruce top; handcarved tiger maple back, sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard; pearl headstock logo; deluxe 8-ply body binding; 5-ply headstock and neck binding; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Hand carved ebony tailpiece and finger rest; gold Schaller tuners, compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Armstrong floating PAF pickup with tone and volume controls and endpin jack.
Notes: Bill Comins has been making master quality instruments by hand at his Pennsylvania workshop for a number of years, and building in the process a formidable reputation for meticulous detail and precision craftsmanship. Using the design concepts of Bob Benedetto as a starting point, Comins has evolved a line of instruments that reflect both his personal vision and his high standards for fit, finish and tone.
This guitar is a exquisite example of his Classic model, and is constructed of bookmatched fiddleback maple, tap-tuned quartersawn Sitka spruce, and hand crafted ebony hardware. At a just 5lb 15oz, the guitar is nicely lightweight for a full depth 17" guitar, and comfy and well balanced over the longest gig. The X-braced soundboard is notably lively and responsive, with appealing sustain and clarity, with a vibrant acoustic voice faithfully amplified by the Armstrong adjustable PAF.
The compensated ebony bridge employs gold bushings around the bridgewheels for smooth adjustment, and the peghead echoes the design of the classic prewar asymmetrical Epiphone Masterbilt. The lustrous vintage sunburst finish imparts a rich glow to the finely carved tonewood, and the neck profile is an elegant gentle D, perfectly tapered for effortless play, with smooth, low action over a fresh high precision setup.
This gleaming example is in 100% original condition, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Comins guitars are rarely offered for resale, built like a watch, and represent a rare opportunity for the discriminating player. We are delighted to present this outstanding example in superb condition. One only: call now.
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 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: Original deluxe arched black plush lined hardshell case.