Prototype Kevin Ryan Nightingale Grand Soloist and one of the finest examples of American guitar making we've ever seen. Incredible sound and playability with a finesse of craftmanship and build only seen with the best.
And this one has a special history as both Ryan and Pierre Bensusan confirm that this instrument was a prototype custom built in 2005 with a slightly wider neck that Pierre owned and tested. In the end, Pierre loved the guitar and had Ryan built him an identical guitar of Brazilian Rosewood and returned this instrument.
This instrument has a commanding but smooth and resonant voice with extraordinary responsiveness, string separation, clarity and punch. Fingerstyle or digging in reward with wonderful rich tone and overtones. Western Red Cedar top with killer figured East Indian rosewood back, with ebony fretboard and mahogany neck. Abalone inlay throughout, and a spectaculars glossy finish. This guitar looks as phenomenal as it sounds.
Top Material: Red Western Cedar Top
Body/Sides Material: East Indian Rosewood
Body Details: Rosewood back and sides with cedar top
Neck Material: Mahogany Neck
Fingerboard Material: Ebony
Neck Profile: Medium C
Neck Thickness (IN): 1st - 0.75" 10th - 0.88"
Fingerboard Radius: 12.00"
Nut Width: 1 13/16 nut, 2 1/4 12th, 2 5/16 bridge
Scale Length: 25-3/4"
Neck Details: Glossy mahogany neck with unbound ebony fingerboard
Hardware: All original
Weight: 4 lbs 12.8 oz
Modifications / Repairs: None
Case Details: Original hardshell Ryan Hiscox case and Small Dog fabric cover
Cosmetic Condition: The guitar has minimal play wear and the finish appears near perfect.
Hiscox OHSC with protective Small Dog fabric cover. The entire guitar shows very little if ANY signs of playwear. Ryan factory cleated fracture shown, but impossible to see unless close in. This is a brilliant acoustic guitar and very special construction and history!
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