Description

This is a one-of-a-kind archtop made by Italian luthier Corrado Giacomel, who became known for making mandolins for David Grisman. David's F5 mandolin is similarly shaped to this guitar, and was the inspiration for a mass-produced mandolin by Eastman. Guitar is in excellent condition with one small scratch on the soundboard and two small scratches on the back that were on the guitar when I bought it. Specs are:

Italian alpine moon spruce top

carved maple back and sides
Ebony trim

Nut width 1 11/16
21 frets
Kent Armstrong floating pickup with volume and tone controls

This is likely the only six-string F-hole archtop guitar by Giacomel; I know of no other guitar like it in existence. I purchased it from Gruhn about five years ago for $13,500 and have the original Gruhn appraisal included. During the time I have owned it, I had the luthier make two small modifications for me; swapping out the pickguard and tailpiece to ebony, and adding a tone control to the Armstrong floating pickup. I also had Burton LeGeyt make a bespoke set of tuners for the guitar; the original tuners were small grovers, and they were at unusual odds with the shape of the headstock; Burton machined some Waverly tuners with extended shafts to mimic what tuners would look like on an F-style mandolin. Those upgrades cost me about $1000 total. Additionally, the guitar came from Gruhn with a very beat-up old Gibson archtop case that was in the process of falling apart and was barely good enough for shipping. While the guitar was up at Burton's, I had it swing by Jeff Hoffee's shop and he created a custom carbon fiber case for it that was about $1200, this of course comes with the guitar.

There is a great Fretboard Journal article about the luthier:

https://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/bold-vision-luthier-corrado-giacomel/

This is an excellent jazz guitar, and does well plugged in and rolled off in the Montgomery style. I typically have flatwounds on it for that style of playing. Additionally, it does very well with Argentine gypsy style strings and make an absolutely killer gypsy jazz guitar.

It absolutely pains me to put this guitar up for sale, but finances dictate that I sell ALL my guitars except one. My loss is your gain!

Note this YT Vid at the bottom is of an oval soundhole Giacomel, and mine is obviously F-top. Given the style of music and the fact that I play mine exclusively with argentine grey strings, this sound is extremely representative of the tone of my guitar while I acknowledge it is NOT the exact same instrument, in the interest of full disclosure etc. :)

Matthew's Guitars

Matthew's Guitars

2015
Corrado Giacomel
Near Mint
Natural
Hard
$6,000
Matthew's Guitars
Matthew S Partrick
3056195325
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Typically Fedex Ground to CONUS

72h from receipt of instrument, expected to be returned in identical condition.