- Excellent + Condition
- Year: 2005
- Includes Original Hard Shell Case
- Serial #: 118
Since the year 2000, Vic Baker has astounded luthiers around the world with his expertise in fine arch top building. D'Angelico even entrusted Baker to reproduce the high quality builds of yesteryear, in a very limited commission. Baker has moved around the country over the past two decades, working out of various shops and now is located in California. His work is world class and second to none. This custom ordered archtop is dated with a penciled 1/05/05 date along with Baker's signature on the inside of the maple back. Being an earlier example from Bake, it is nothing short of a work of art, and comes to us in very well cared for condition, having seen very little play time from its previous owner. These 17's were only available through special order through Victor. A loud 17" body projects beautifully acoustically, with warm bass and crisp treble. This is well complimented by its neck mounted Kent Armstrong floating pickup. It is noted as a PAF, having a classic low output tone known famously in Gibsons. The volume and tone controls are located underneath the pickguard with two thumb wheels. A shining gloss nitro finish is very finely done with a honey burst. The body is fully bound. It has a depth of 3" at both ends. The ebony tailpiece is well designed with a convenient string through design, matching the ebony bridge. The back and neck sport a gorgeous flame. This light build weighs in at 6.05 lbs. Victor designed this neck with a lot of care and consideration. A two piece maple neck with a center stripe plays fast and comfortably and looks great with its bound ebony fingerboard & block MOP inlay. An internal bolt on design will make any future neck reset much more simple. It has a comfortable 25" scale length. 1 25/32" nut width with a C profile that measures .83" thick at the first position and .97" at the twelfth. Although the bridge is currently set close to the body with little room on the thumb screws, the action is perfect, measuring 5/64" in height at the twelfth fret of the sixth string, and 4/64" on the first. The neck is nice and straight with no need for adjustment. Schaller tuners function perfectly. Comes with the original hardshell case.
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