Most Jazz players will know the high quality of Roger Borys guitars. This B-160 Jimmy Wyble Model is no exception. It features laminate construction for reduced feedback when plugged in to an amp; however the guitar is very lively and articulate acoustically as well, with a deep, rich voice and perfect note to note separation. The 1.75" nut width is perfect for fingerstyle players, while not too wide for flat-pickers. Super comfortable neck carve reminiscent of a vintage D'Aquisto from the late 70s or early 80's. The guitar is in near mint condition, with only the lightest signs of use, though nothing to point out in particular. Full fret life and a quality setup of 4 & 5 64" E - E at the 12th fret.
Stunning detail across the board on this model from the patinaed hardware to the curly maple binging. If your looking for a great Luthier built, handmade 16" Archtop with a Kent Armstrong Floating neck pup; you cant go wrong with this beauty. These guitars are played by many Jazz greats, and for good cause. Tip-top construction and tone that satisfies. Comes with OHSC, the guitar is hand signed & dated by its maker, Luthier Roger Bory. There's currently over a 1-year wait list on ordering this model. Jump the line. They truly don't come any sweeter than this.
From the Borys Guitars website:
The 16" body with laminated top and back is 3/4" longer than the B120 Deluxe. The sides are thinner (not deeper), and the 25" scale length make it more acoustic than the B120. The first one was made for Jimmy Wyble.
"Roger Borys was born in New Jersey in 1953. He was introduced to tools and woodworking at a young age and by the time he was in high school, friends would break guitars and he would fix them. At the time, there wasn't a lot of information about guitar building or repair.
In 1971, Roger found his way to New England and began working in home construction and on boats in shipyards. He settled in Vermont in 1972 where he continued repairing guitars alongside building houses, working on boats and building furniture. He set up shop in a horse barn and by 1974 and by then, repairing guitars became his primary work and he formed the business that would become Borys Guitars.
The first Borys Guitar was made in 1976 in the form of a small, flat top acoustic. By 1978, he had made 11 guitars, including flat tops, classicals, solid bodies and his first arch top. He took #10 and #11 to meet luthier James D’Aquisto in Farmingdale, NY, who subsequently became Roger’s mentor, collaborator and friend until D’Aquisto’s passing in 1995. Jimmy never failed to critique Roger’s builds with his signature blunt honesty, which pushed Roger to develop into a master craftsman. Jimmy was a legendary guitar builder and designer and his work greatly influenced what Borys Guitars has become today.
D’Aquisto took on a larger role in Borys Guitars in 1981 which ultimately led to the design of the BG100 Barry Galbraith Model, the first original Borys Guitar. It was a 16” hollow body jazz electric based on a 16” acoustic guitar Roger had been producing prior, with the addition of a built in pickup and laminated top and back. The first BG100 was made for the legendary Galbraith who also contributed to the design process. D’Aquisto’s and Galbraith’s influence in the process also allowed Roger to enter into a network of respected jazz players and educators, including Jimmy Wyble, Billy Bauer, Allen Hanlon and Fred Rundquist. Barry Galbraith passed away in 1983.
In 1984 D’Aquisto stepped back from the Borys Guitars business in order to design a line of Fender guitars. Roger has since continued producing and perfecting the BG100, which has developed into what is known today as the B120 Deluxe. In 1985 Roger introduced new models including the Jazz Solid and the Special. In 1987, the first Jazz Classic was made for Emily Remler. In 2006 the first Jimmy Wyble Model guitar was made for Jimmy Wyble. These five guitars are what make up Borys Guitars’ signature models today.
By 1991, Borys guitars were being played by jazz musicians such as Joe Pass, Jimmy Wyble, Emily Remler, Larry Coryell, Larry Koonse, Pat Kelley. Later players such as Smokey Hormel, Vic Juris, Paul Bollenback and Tony D’Caprio, entered his network of musicians.
Roger eventually moved his business to Hoboken, New Jersey in 2008 where he is still in full operation. His shop is a hub for musicians to sample his guitars and share a cup of coffee. His daughter, Laura, loves hanging around the shop asking lots of questions and helping with the website. Currently there are 465 Borys Guitars."
Serial #: 251-492-2018, signed by Roger Borys
Neck dimensions: Med C: 1st & 12th frets: .82"-.96"
Body/Neck Materials: Arched tiger flame maple laminate Top. Back & Sides, one-piece solid flame maple neck with adjustable 2-way truss rod, curly maple body binding, polished bone nut; solid pearl fingerboard and peghead inlay.
Hardware: Macassar Ebony hardware including fingerboard, guard, compensated height-adjustable bridge, volume and tone knobs, gold cast tailpiece, gold Grover Rotomatic tuners.
Weight: 6lbs 6oz
BODY: 16" Wide at lower bout, 2.75" deep on edge, laminated flamed maple top and back
NECK: 25" scale length, 1.75" wide at nut
Built in ARMSTRONG pickup
Jimmy Wyble model players: Jimmy Wyble, Paul Bollenback, Smokey Hormel, Jim Hershman, Chris Morrison, Sandro Albert
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