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1999 Comins Chester Avenue
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Body size at lower bout: 16", Body Depth: 3" Scale length: 25" Nut: 1 11/16"
Finish: sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.
Materials: Solid bookmatched handcarved fine grain Sitka spruce top; handcarved AAA flame maple back and sides with Venetian cutaway; 3 piece tiger flame maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard; engraved pearl headstock logo; deluxe 9-ply body binding; 5-ply headstock and neck binding; triple bound f-holes; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Hardware includes hand carved ebony tailpiece and multi-bound finger rest; gold Schaller 16X1 tuners with ebony keys, compensated adjustable ebony bridge; Duncan custom humbucking pickup with tone and volume controls and grounded 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 an example of his top-line Chester Avenue model, in a rarely seen 16" body design.
The Chester Avenue is constructed of bookmatched fiddleback flame maple, tap-tuned hand carved solid Sitka spruce, and hand crafted ebony hardware. The X-braced top is sweet and responsive, with appealing sustain and clarity. The voice is truly exceptional, loud, clear and open with some of the woodiness of instruments many decades older. 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 peghead. The finish color is known as Autumnburst, and it imparts a deep glow to the finely carved tonewood. The neck profile is truly fine; slim and perfectly tapered for effortless play. Apart from a few traces of checking near the pickup, and a tiny finish nick in the side, the guitar is otherwise without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and has all original hardware, finish, electronics and hardshell case. Voice is clear and open, with wonderful depth and resonance. Comins guitars are rarely offered for resale, built like a watch, and represent a rare opportunity for the discriminating 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 deluxe arched black plush hardshell case.
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