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Vanden "Martin Taylor Artistry" Archtop Jazz Guitar -very rare & simply stunning

Estimated price for orientation: 8 500 $

Category: Other Music Instruction

Condition: Like New: An item that looks as if it was just taken out of shrink wrap. No visible wear, and all facets of the item are flawless and intact. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition Instrument: Guitare
Genre musical: Jazz

This is a very reluctant sale of myVanden “Martin Taylor Artistry” Archtop Jazz GuitarThis (almost) unique guitar was built to order in March 2003.Mike Vanden has long been associated with the design and building of high quality archtop musical instruments. Martin Taylor is an internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist, acknowledged as “one of the best”. Together they designed this “Martin Taylor Artistry” guitar which became one of Martin’s main musical instruments for over a decade.This guitar is in near perfect condition and has most recently been set up by Mike Vanden himself at his workshop in Scotland, using the same strings that Martin himself favours – Elixir Nanoweb 12-52’s. The soundboard is European Spruce. The back, sides and neck are European Maple. Highly figured Maple is used throughout, including the one piece neck which is reinforced with carbon fibre. The fretboard, pickguard, engraved pickup casing, bridge and tailpiece are Ebony.There is the usual fine attention to detail, which is characteristic of Vanden instruments and includes opulent features such as a “Vanden Logo” mother of pearl peghead inlay, a Black Tahiti Pearl truss rod cover and gold Gotoh 510 machineheads.Despite being one of the lightest of archtop guitars at approximately 2 kg (less than 41/2 lbs), the acoustic sound is well balanced and warm, with plenty of volume. It is fitted with the Mimesis Jazz Blend pre-amp to mix the suspended Mimesis magnetic Humbucker and a DPA cardioid mic, all fitted underneath the pickguard – giving a fantastic system for live gigs and recording.This guitar lives in the “Rolls Royce” of guitar cases – a Calton case, in a “smoke-free” humidity-controlled home and is in excellent condition with very little play wear.Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
If you have any questions or wish to arrange a "test-drive", please contact me.Cash payment on collection would be preferred but please contact me to discuss the alternatives.