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Tom Devoe Custom 17” Jazz Archtop Guitar, All Solid Woods

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Reluctantly, I'm offering my unique, solid wood archtop guitar built by Florida luthier Tom DeVoe. I'm mostly a dreadnought player, but when I heard Jerry Garcia playing a Gibson 400 Super on many records, including his wonderful take on Russian Lullaby and many tracks with David Grisman, and then saw Frank Vignola play with Mark O'Connor in Santa Fe, I thought how nice to have an archtop to compliment other instruments. This guitar turned out to be a gem, especially for lead and jazz chords. But times are, as we know, very strange. So someone else will get a chance to shine and enjoy this creation.

Below are the specs; I can send you more info about Tom and his place in jazz archtop luthiery. It's in absolutely mint condition, plays beautifully either acoustically or through the Kent Armstrong pickups. Click the link for a YouTube video demo of this guitar, played acoustically and plugged in; apologies for the mediocre playing and sound quality. More photos and sound clip available.

Finish: amber blonde finish, nitrocellulose type

Body size at lower bout: 17 ". Scale length: 25" Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Solid hand-carved bookmatched X-braced.spruce top; solid hand-carved, book-matched figured birdseye maple back, maple sides and neck; solid ebony fingerboard; black bound body and f-holes.

Hardware: DeVoe adjustable compensated ebony bridge; solid handcarved ebony tailpiece; silver Grover Rotamatic 16X1 tuners with Imperial keys; ebony pickguard with Kent Armstrong Handwound floating humbucking pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone controls mounted under pickguard.

Tom DeVoe built hand crafted guitars for a small clientele of dedicated players, until his retirement some years ago. With a background in precision machining, DeVoe brought an innovative approach to his instruments, from his distinctive hex-key adjustable bridge to the deep Selmer style cutaway. Each instrument is built entirely by hand, and individually tap tuned. No more than ten instruments were completed in a given year. Best of all, Tom's commitment to the working player meant that his instruments combine superb playability with unbeatable value.

At 2 7/8" deep, the 17 " X-braced body is just slightly shallower and easier to hold than many traditional models, and the neck profile is a gentle arc that nestles smoothly in the palm. At a mere 5lb. 7oz. in weight, the instrument is delightful to hold, with excellent acoustic volume, balance and an appealing musical voice. The Armstrong pickup provides flawless response, and the stealth thumbwheels offer unobtrusive control of volume and tone. All solid, all carved, all handmade, at a price many builders charge for plywood. An outstanding value in true hand built US made archtop guitar.

Comes in hard shell case, professionally packed to ensure safe delivery. Price is $3750, which includes courier shipping to the US. Buyers in Australia will get a discount on the courier service. Glad to give you a call to play the guitar over the phone and answer any questions you have. Let me know a convenient time to call. Stay safe, and keep playing music.

Category: Guitars
Ad Number 158308
Posted: Aug 1, 2020 02:31 AM CDT

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Lee Hochberg

Hervey Bay Queensland
Australia

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