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Up for your consideration is this beautiful John Arnold D-29 B. If you aren't familiar with John Arnold guitars, then you are in the majority. John has only made a handful of guitars- under 100 so getting one in your hands is a rarity. You have probably though heard of John Arnold guitars because John has a reputation of making some of the best guitars ever. He is a perfectionist and has more knowledge about how vintage Martins are made than anybody I know. You can pretty well take his word as gospel when it comes to flattop guitars.
This example is Arnold number 69. It was made using John's '37 Martin D-28 to as a model. He made a few minor changes like with the rosette and headstock inlay. He also used rift sawn Brazilian rosewood on this guitar which showcases the figuring in the grain. The top is a very tight grained Smokies red spruce which John picked out from a number of sets that he harvested himself. The condition is excellent with only minor very light scratching in a few areas- all which will easily buff out. The finish is a very thin nitrocellulose lacquer. I have played this guitar- it sounds too good to be a closet cutie, but I've tried to be careful.
Besides the traditional Brazilian/Red Spruce, this guitar also has an ebony fretboard and bridge, Waverly butterbean tuners, no truss rod per '37 specs, herringbone purfling, diamonds and squares inlay on the fretboard. A newer Martin hardshell case comes with this guitar.
The action and set up are fabulous as all other guitars John has set up. The neck is very comfortable 1 3/4" neck width. You won't find an easier guitar to play- even a new Martin IMO.
As I mentioned, the sound of this guitar is perhaps one of the best thing about it. I've included some videos so you might get some idea. This guitar doesn't sound like a newer guitar- it's already plenty loud and powerful with deep low lows and sparkling trebs. We compared this guitar to John's '37 D-28 and it held up very well with his original bone. In fact, it was uncanny how close this guitar sounded to his '37. You won't be disappointed. Here is a link to some pics- https://bit.ly/2I7kvp8
Here are a several of videos. These were made with a cheapy Panasonic camera with no mic.- .- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lvDRK26Cjw, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN0wPvw2OmY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6AVSjud710
I'm asking $16,500 for this fabulous guitar. This guitar's twin was listed not long ago for around$18,000. Trades and partial trades considered. Shipping is $250 insured CONUS or free pickup. Please feel free to ask any question. Thanks for looking