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The 17″ Archtopwas designed by Master Luthier Stephen Marchione to harness the incredible tonal qualities and acoustic fullness of a full size 18″ Archtop while maintaining the aspects of playability found on smaller body 15″ and 16″ guitars. He achieved this by keeping as much body width and fullness in the arch as possible while decreasing the side depth of a traditional large archtop down to 3″. The result is a beautiful guitar that sits comfortably, even on smaller players, while providing acoustic tone that fills the room. This instrument is equally at home in traditional jazz performance settings or simply on your lap in your living room. In nearly all settings, the richness of sound achieved acoustically will satisfy all of your desires. Should you want amplification, this guitar features a custom designed, hand wound, floating Marchione humbucker able to pick up all the subtleties of the pure acoustic bliss, just like the best ’50s PAFs.
As in all Marchione Archtops, only the highest quality woods, tools, glues, and techniques are used. All glue joints are done using hot hide glue. Used by instrument makers for centuries, it provides unparalleled levels of durability and incomparable tone. These instruments are built to last for more than a century.
The top is made from high grade European Spruce. The back and sides are constructed from stunning, beautifully flamed or quilted European Maple.
The neck is built with Sugar Maple and is adorned with a beautiful piece of African Ebony for the fingerboard. It’s then fretted with stainless steel fret wire. The combination of the hard ebony fingerboard and the rarely utilized stainless steel fret wire provide the utmost in durability and uncompromising tone. You certainly wont need a fret job on this guitar!
The pickguard, tailpiece, and headstock plate are African Ebony and feature Mother-of-Pearl and Zulu Wood inlays. Steve has chosen Sperzel locking machine heads which make for easier and tighter tuning.
As with all Marchione Archtops it has tremendous projection and gives you a broad, pleasing voice at full acoustic volume. The detail work and superior wood selection give you a neck that’s stable, reliable and easy to play. The design and construction of Marchione instruments is strongly influenced by the great guitars of the past, which Steve has examined at length, from D’Aquistos to D’Angelicos, and Fletas to Contreras.
All solid, carved woods
European Spruce top
Flamed European Maple back and sides
2-piece Sugar Maple neck
Ebony fretboard, bridge, tailpiece, pickguard, bindings
and headstock overlay
Floating Marchione humbucking pickup - uncovered
Pickguard mounted volume control
Black Sperzel locking tuners
17" lower bout
3" body depth
25 1/2" scale
1 11/16" nut width
Original Red Calton HSC is included
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UPS is my preferred method of shipment, but I can ship via the carrier of your choice. All shipping and insurance charges are to be paid by the purchaser. The costs for shipping via Fedex Ground are as follows: CT DC DE MA MD ME NH NJ NY PA RI VT = $40 AL FL GA IA IL IN KY MI MN MS NC OH SC TN WI WV = $55 KS MO ND NE SD = $65 AR AZ CA CO ID LA MT NV NM OR OK TX UT WA WY = $70 Shipping charges via other services and to other destinations are determined on a case by case basis.
We gladly offer a 3 day approval period on all purchases, which begins when the item is received by you. Your full satisfaction is guaranteed! All purchases may be returned for a full refund, less shipping and insurance charges, for any reason. If you wish to return an item, please notify us first, repack it with the same carton and packing materials and insure it for it's full purchase price. All returned items must be returned in same condition as when originally shipped to you. All credit card orders cancelled prior to delivery are subject to a 5% re-stocking fee.