2011 Merrill C-35 custom #405
This guitar was built in 2011 by luthier James Merrill for Art Dudley. Some of you may know Art Dudley from the articles he wrote for various guitar magazines over the years, most notably the excellent article on the Clarence White/Tony Rice D-28 for Fretboard Journal #5 back in 2007. The guitar features pre war construction details like forward shifted scalloped traditional X bracing, a red spruce top, T-bar neck reinforcement, and solid brazilian rosewood back and sides. The back is a 3 piece style 35 type however rather than a standard 2 piece. The rosewood is spectacular, brick red/orange in color with a lot of inky black grain lines running boldly throughout. The top is very tight grained and well quartered with no run out. The tuners (original to the guitar) are 1950s era Waverly open gear units. The guitar has never had any repairs nor does it need any currently. The lacquer finish shows some crazing throughout the top, and some very minor edge wear where the player's arm falls over the bass bout. The frets show minor wear from 1-7 but nothing that requires intervention at present. Playability is excellent (action measures 7/64" at the low E and 6/64" at the high E), the neck angle is perfect and there's plenty of saddle showing. The top is flat under tension and the neck is straight. The voice of this guitar is absolutely huge. It has a giant bottom end with equally robust midrange and treble. Pre-war tone without the pre-war price. Comes with the original hardshell case. $6850 + shipping
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