1968 Barker Vintage Archtop


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  • Year: 1968
  • Manufacturer: Barker
  • Model: Vintage Archtop
  • Case: Original Hard
  • Color: Sunburst
  • Condition: Good
  • Description: All original 1960's William G Barker carved top acoustic guitar. Barker made about 100-110 guitars I would rate this guitar as good condition all original, pickguard, finish, bridge, tailpiece, pickup, and case. gold plated DeArmond™ top of the line pick up with the lusted for adjustable pole pieces. The pickup alone is worth over $1000. it takes a regular 1/4 plug in the tailpiece jack mounted under the pickguard. Has a volume control on the pickguard. It has a few dings and some wear for sure as you can see in the pictures. The neck is like the wide ones from the 1950's with great playability and low actionThe top, back and sides have no cracks and no problems other than normal checking and quite a bit of finish wear on the sides and by the binding. It has the original tuners found on Gibson L5's of the same era. The good news is that this guitar is set up and plays like butter! Perfect! This is 4/64 at the 12 fret low E and 3/64 at the high E. It could be lower if needed but the action is already pretty low by archtop standards. The guitar sounds fabulous with lots of punch and power. Raising the action just a little to 6/64 and 5/64 ths and it is a power house. Plugged in with the DeArmond™ pick it is the classic jazz sound that cannot be found very easily these days. This guitar comes with the standard Barker scale length of 24 27/32 inches. The neck is a standard 1 3/4 at nut and very full . It feels very good to play. Maple back, sides, and neck ( German). Ebony fingerboard, rosewood hand carved bridge. The neck is Barkers standard 5 piece neck with the center strips he used. He also ran the binding around the neck heal, and neck joint not many other makers do this. This binding is all in good shape no problems but some chips of lacquer come off the edges that is common. Has the window inlay that Barker used until 1970 when he went to pearl inlay for his name.