Second Hand Guitars
Arias model Guitar in Bird’s-eye maple
I’ve been wanting to build one of these for years, and finally managed to find the time. This guitar was used for the few exhibitions I was able to attend this year, and is now available for sale.
Scale length is 650mm, spruce top, Bird’s eye maple back and sides, ebony fingerboard, cedrela neck and rosewood bridge with 12-hole tie-block. The guitar is fitted with Wittner geared tuning pegs, which look like traditional pegs, but have internal gears (ratio of 8.5:1). The finish is shellac (French polish.)
Price is £3,200 + shipping
630mm scale guitar in Spruce and Pau Ferro
A rare chance to buy one of my shorter scale guitars. European spruce top and Pau Ferro (Bolivian rosewood) back and sides. Ebony fingerboard, Spanish cedar neck, ziricote bridge with 12-hole tie-block, French polish finish and Gotoh 1800 tuners.
For anyone looking for a shorter scale guitar, I highly recommend a 630mm scale. The improvement in playability is more noticeable than with a 640mm scale, nothing is lost tonally, and any reduction in volume is minimal. The guitar is 3 years old and in excellent condition. Hiscox case included.
Price is £2,250 plus shipping.
This guitar has now sold.
Guitar no. 115
This guitar has now been sold.
This guitar was made for exhibition last year, and uses my standard modified fan brace construction, but has a slightly smaller body and a 630mm scale length. I’ve been getting more requests for shorter scale lengths in recent years, but rarely have one in stock for customers to try. I chose 630mm for the scale length because the more common 640mm scale isn’t really enough of a change to help players with small hands, or those who have trouble with difficult stretches due to injuries or arthritis. The slightly reduced body size is necessary to keep the bridge in the optimum position near the centre of the lower bout, and doesn’t have any significant effect on the one or volume of the guitar. The fingerboard is slightly radiussed, and the neck width is 50mm at the nut, making this a very comfortable guitar to play.
The soundboard is European spruce, and the guitar has beautifully figured Satinwood back and sides. The neck is cedrela (Spanish cedar) featuring a V-joint to the head. The fingerboard is ebony, and the bridge is ziricote with a 12-hole tie-block. The guitar is fitted with Gotoh premium tuners, and a Hiscox PRO-GCL case is included in the sale.