Offered for sale:
Used 2012 Laplante Feather I archtop guitar serial number 291012.
This guitar is in very good to excellent condition showing limited playing time.
“Located in Kingston [Ontario], a stone's throw from the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, Laplante Guitars is a "boutique" lutherie shop specializing in "one of a kind" instruments. Like a lot of small lutherie shops, its org chart is fairly simple : one owner, me, and one employee, me. So, whether I'm building an archtop, an acoustic, or a solid-body, each instrument gets my full attention, and the same high standards are applied to all of my projects.”
More about the “Feather”:
“The archtop guitar has evolved quite a bit in the last 50 years or so. Still, It remains mostly associated with Jazz.
Since the very first day in my archtop building career, I've always believed that this type if guitar had more to offer than the typical mid-rangy tone associated with this type of instrument, hence my quest to come up with an archtop that would retain some of its characteristic traditional tone but could also appeal to those who are looking for an instrument that could also deliver a tone closer to a more traditional steel-string guitar.”
“My initial objective when I started designing this instrument was to focus on improving the "acoustic tone" of my laminated archtops. Well, it turns out that it indeed does so very well, but as a bonus, ended up as an amazingly versatile instrument when amplified, delivering crisp highs as well as a very competent jazzy tone as the highs are rolled off.”
"Inside the Box"
Some of you might be interested in knowing a bit more about this instrument and perhaps
curious about what's inside the box. If so, then this section is for you!
Let me first start by saying that, because of the small plate thickness (1/16"), this guitar presented some interesting challenges from both the structural and tone point of view:
Structural: Both the top and back plates are so thin that the conventional construction methods would likely have resulted in the neck folding in within a few months (weeks?). The idea was to use a hollowed-out center block as a buffer to the neck folding pressure. With such a block (here made out of light Douglas Fir), most of the neck folding pressure is handled by this block, leaving the top and back to vibrate according to the string input. I also used a cross-dowel to prevent any unwanted vibrations from the sides.
Tone: Traditional archtop X- and parallel bracings would likely not work with such a thin top plate as the top would end up with large floppy and unfocused areas. So, a different bracing pattern had to be used. Classical guitar builders will immediately recognize some kind of hybrid Hauser/Bouchet bracing, often used on classical guitars. This bracing provides adequate support at the bridge location and nicely divides the top into localized vibrating sections.
Weight balance: With such a light body, I wanted to make sure that the guitar wouldn't end up neck heavy. So, maple and mahogany were out of the question. A lighter wood had to be used, here Douglas Fir.
The neck is here made out of a 2-piece bookmatched Douglas Fir stock: Light and strong.
Two Carbon Fiber rods are used to help keeping this neck straight but most importantly to
guarantee that the tone will be even from the nut to the very last fret.
Electronics: From the very start I decided that I would use a suspended Bartolini pickup.
But without a pickguard, where do we locate the controls. Definitely not on the top! The controls are here located in the upper bout.
(Schatten Vol & Tone pots)
Imperial Guitar says:
Wow, wow, what a beautiful guitar! Words and pictures do not do it justice, just fabulous!
LaPlante certainly met his goal. This guitar has “more to offer than the typical mid-rangy tone associated with this type of instrument” with noticeably more depth and roundness.
Gretsch hard shell case included.
“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship. If you decide to purchase this guitar, please let us know what gauge strings you prefer.”
Serial number: 291012
Body: Maple Laminate with Spruce laminate top
Neck: Douglas Fir reinforced with two carbon fiber rods
Finish: Edge Burst
Scale Length: 25”
Number of Frets: 21
Bridge: Adjustable compensated
Tuners: Gotoh ST31-SB5 6 in line Stealth
Controls: Schatten Vol & Tone pots
Width at Nut: 1 11/16”
Body Width at Lower Bout: 15 7/8"
Weight: 4.8 lbs.
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