Carl's Guitar 17" Electric Archtop Cedar/Maple Cutaway Electric Archtop

  • Very Good Condition
  • Includes Hard Shell Case


A unique & homespun 17" archtop from the workshop of Carl Cavuoto. Cavuoto builds interesting yet classic sounding acoustic instruments having had a large personal collection of various builds as inspiration. This one of a kind instrument is expertly built, featuring a very nice American Cedar top, and flamed maple back and sides. Having been a personal guitar of Carls for some time, this guitar has some mild bumps and bruises and general handcrafted aesthetic. Sonically, its very impressive with a nice amount of volume and easy playability. It is designed with a 17" lower bout and a 25.5" scale length. It measures an even 2 15/16" in depth at both the heel and at the butt end near the tailpiece. That said, there is a past repaired separation at the end block of the back & sides which now holds as it should. It is very lightly finished for resonance - the top has a slightly more gloss, likely finished with a varnish. It has some light wear and touch ups when looking from specific angles, specifically at the treble side lower bout, and towards the bass side of the fingerboard extension. The back and sides are more lightly finished, with some orange peeling throughout, likely a nitro finish - all of which is nice and functional. Art Deco styled bridge is impressive and well set, having plenty of room for future adjusting on the thumb screws. Its maple tailpiece is designed to install the strings through the face of the device, creating an angle that provides nice down pressure for the saddle. Maybe the most favored part on this instrument, is its thin, shallow C neck profile. This would be convenient for any player who prefers thinner necks, as this one measures .68" in thickness at the first position and about .88" thick at the tenth position before the curvature of the heel. It has a slightly wider 1 23/32" nut width, and is visually interesting as it is made of mahogany and coupled with a bound Birdseye maple fingerboard. The frets are in great shape with no significant wear - with slight wear to the fingerboard. A floating Kent Armstrong pickup functions well - with wheel adjustments for volume and tone under the pickguard. Comes with a hardshell case.


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