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1997 Grimes Montreaux

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Serial #: 0602

Body size at lower bout: 17" Body Depth: 3" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .82/.90, 1st/10th frets

Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved Alpine spruce top; AAA flame Euro maple back, sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard; multi-bound body; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Hand carved ebony tailpiece, bridge and finger rest; gold Schaller M6 tuners ; hex-key adjustable truss rod; Armstrong floating humbucking pickup with volume and tone controls 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 meticulous construction and creative designs. Working from his shop on the side of Mt. Haleakala on Maui, Grimes has partnered with such luminaries as George Benson, Larry Coryell, Steve Miller, Leo Kottke, Keola Beamer and Willie Nelson, to create instruments that fuse elegant craftsmanship with strikingly innovative design.

Carved with all Euro tonewoods, this gorgeous example of Grimes Montreaux model features intensely flamed maple throughout, with a tap-tuned X-braced Alpine spruce soundboard. Abalone and pearl window inlays adorn the solid ebony fingerboard, with generous 1 3/4" nut and full 25 1/2" scale. 

The voice is clear and authoritative, with excellent detail and natural reverb. With all original ebony hardware and Armstrong floating humbucker, the instrument is fitted with both volume and tone controls, the latter tucked discreetly under the guard with a thumbwheel pot. The amber blonde finish shows no playwear or checking, and the bookmatched maple back shows dramatic chevron figuration.

The new price on this model is currently $12,000, with a substantial wait time. However, due to the tender mercies of Fedex, we are able to offer this instrument at a simply unheard of price. A short spell in our repair shop has rendered a neck repair both invisible to the eye and undetectable to the touch, as well as utterly rock solid. The instrument otherwise appears virtually unplayed, without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and with all original hardware and electronics. With its fresh high-precision setup, the guitar has smooth low action over a very comfy gentle D profile neck, and plays effortlessly.

We are pleased to offer this splendid instrument in showroom condition, complete with original ultra-premium Ameritage hardshell case. One only, at this exceptional price. 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.



























































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