It is expected that a first-class luthier will excel at the fundamentals of the craft: joinery, voicing, fit and finish. But Mark Campellone is that rarest of builders who succeeds where many of his peers fall short, in the crucial dimension of design. Simply put, all of Mark's instruments are beautiful, as pleasing to behold as they are to play. Simple, tasteful, with understated elegance, Campellone guitars draw from the heart of traditional styling, updated with bold, modern flair.
This instrument is from Mark's Standard series, and is a great example of his work, in wonderful condition. Handmade at his Rhode Island workshop, this 16" Venetian cutaway guitar is made in the classic tradition, carved of handsomely figured bookmatched tiger maple, with a hand-graduated tap-tuned quartersawn Sitka spruce soundboard. The neck profile is an elegant gentle D, with smooth low action over finely dressed medium fretwork. A final touch is the original art-deco styled tailpiece, surely among the most attractive ever designed, and a solid light rosewood fingerboard.
The tap-tuned parallel braced soundboard lends depth and clarity to the acoustic voice, which is warm and balanced through the entire range. Action is smooth and low over a fresh high-precision setup, and the guitar all original, and free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. We can think of no other maker today who delivers so much quality so reasonably. Not surprisingly, value like this has generated quite a backlog. Skip the wait list, and snag this superb specimen while you can. One only: call now.
|2012||Excellent||sunburst, HOLD||Original Hard|
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