Offered for sale:
Used Les Korn Archtop serial number 11303.
This guitar is in very good condition showing limited playing time. The hard case is slightly oversized and has one damaged latch.
Les Korn is known as a reclusive character who produced a small number of very high-quality instruments a year. This Archtop is reminiscent of the D’Angelico archtops but with a contemporary vibe. The quite pronounced arch in the top and back is reminiscent of the Wilkanowskis of the ‘30s and ‘40s, giving it good projection with but with mellower jazz tone. The 1 15/16” nut with is 1/16” shy of a classical guitar. The shallow neck profile [.800” at the first fret, .085” at the 9th] is reminiscent of a 1961 SG Les Paul.
There is some talk out there that Mr. Korn had a conflict or two with a couple of clients that he built instruments for. Perhaps they were unreasonable. Perhaps his ego got in the way. Not for us to say. But here’s what we do know. His fit and finish is a touch under par compared with the Sadowskys and Benedettos of twice the price. But this guitar’s overall integrity in construction, beauty and tone makes it a worthy instrument for a player who appreciates the unique artistry of the constructor.
Hard-shell case included. (Case is slightly oversized and has one damaged buckle)
“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.”
16” lower bout
3 3/8” body depth
25 1/2 " scale length
1 15/16" neck width @ nut
Hand carved AAAA Master Grade Engelmann Spruce
Back: Hand carved figured curly Maple
Sides & Neck: figured curly Maple
Ebony Fingerboard, tailpiece, pick guard & bridge
Gold Schaller M-6 tuning machines with ebony buttons
Custom Lindy Fralin single coil floating pickup
Medium amber stain
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