Please check out this amazing Mission Grand Concert created by master luthier Kevin Ryan in 2006. This was Kevin's initial and for a while his only model. The Mission has since been replaced by the very similar Paradiso in Kevin's model lineup.
The Ryan Mission was created (primarily) for fingerstyle players who often use alternate tunings and was given a slightly elongated string scale (25.7") to facilitate dropped tunings. That said, it is still makes for a fabulous instrument for flatpickers and conventional fingerpickers. It is a 14-fret, Grand Concert size guitar with a 15.25" wide lower bout and a body depth which varies from 3.62" at the neck joint to 4.62" at the tailblock. This example was custom-ordered with a Western Red Cedar top, back and sides made of Cocobolo Rosewood and a nut width of 1-23/32". It has an Abalone rosette and 12th fret fingerboard inlay. The headstock overlay is Cocobolo. Both the fretboard and the bridge are black Ebony. The Mission has a very sleek oval C neck shape which measures just .78" at the first fret increasing to .89" at the ninth. The string spacing is 2-1/4" at the saddle.
With education and experience in the field of aerospace engineering, Kevin Ryan is known for adding a scientific approach to the creative aspects of guitar design and construction. His instruments are incredibly well built, with superb playability and over-the-top tone. Please check out the brief sound sample provided. This guitar sounds like a Steinway to my ear!
This guitar is in "excellent minus" condition, with just a couple of tiny indentations on the lower bout of the top near where the guitar sits in your lap (see photo). These flaws are very hard to see except under strong lighting and when viewed at an angle. Otherwise, this guitar is in fabulous condition and, as indicated in the provided photo, the frets show no observable wear. It is setup with Elixir Phosphor Bronze 12's with 12th fret string heights of 5/64" on the low E side, 4/64" on the high E side, just a hint of neck relief and lots of saddle remaining. It comes in it's original AVS case, also in great condition.
Kevin's guitars have a current base price of $10K and a customized model like this would cost you around $15K at today's prices. Get this lovely and well-maintained 2006 beauty for half that sum. Just an incredible acoustic guitar.....
Capital Guitars accepts payment via PayPal, credit cars via PayPal, wire transfer, or via bank check. Guitars ship only after payment clears. See something you wish to purchase? To pay via Paypal, just click the 'Buy Now' button, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the guitar you wish to purchase, where you live (for calculating the shipping cost and NYS sales tax if applicable) and confirm the email address you use for Paypal. We will send you a Paypal invoice referencing the specific guitar being purchased. Just follow the prompts in the Paypal email to pay for your guitar. Once we receive your cleared payment we will contact you with tracking information and a paid invoice. That is all there is to it! Shipments to locations within the State of New York are subject to imposition of applicable New York Sales taxes. Trade proposals involving quality gear are welcomed! Email me a pic or two of your proposed trade and a brief description of its condition and we will let you know what we can allow you in trade. We also do LAYAWAYS! All layaways require a non-refundable up-front payment equal to 20% of the purchase price. Your deposit holds the guitar for you, with 60 days to pay the balance. Contact us via email for more details.
Shipping to Continental US addresses is via FedEx Ground, with flat rate shipping of $60 to Eastern time zones, $70 Central and $80 Mountain/Pacific. Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii is $100. A phone number at the shipping destination is required. Other shipping services, including express services and international shipping are available at our discretion, just contact us for a quote.
Refunds of the original purchase price less shipping and a 10% restocking fee may be requested within 48 hours of delivery. Exchanges within one (1) week of the original date of purchase may be made for an item of equal or greater value at the discretion of Capital Guitars. Where permitted herein, items must be promptly returned at the buyer's expense, in the same condition as received with all accessories and paperwork included. Sale items, purchases that are made via layaway, those involving trades and/or international shipping are considered final except upon an error by and at the discretion of Capital Guitars. All deposits are non-returnable. Our apologies, but we are a very small operation and returns are extremely time consuming and costly.