Lichty Maple Archtop Guitar G88
This is the second Lichty archtop. Jay’s dreams of archtops began in earnest after spending some time in the shop and at the luthier bench with world-renowned luthier Tom Ribbecke.
From Jay …
For the record, I have been designing an archtop guitar in my head for a long time. I love the sensual curves of the body and carved top. I can’t get them out of my head. I will admit that the sound I am chasing with this guitar is not the typical plugged-in jazz guitar sound most of us associate with an archtop guitar. I am not a jazz player, though I love that style. I am more of an acoustic player, fingerpicking, flatpicking and such. What I really like about an acoustic archtop is the clarity and power of the notes – sharp trebles and strong mid-range. What I don’t like is the lack of bass. What I am going for with this build is to capture those powerful trebles and mids but with the bass of an acoustic guitar. I am not the first to try this. No, I am in good company when it comes to chasing this sound. More on that later. Gotta get back to the shop …
Reverence (Jay Lichty)
Misty (Erroll Garner)
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Features / Dimensions
Features: Figured maple back and sides, maple neck, Englemann spruce top, zircote soundhole trim, koa binding, ebony fretboard, tail piece, finger rest and bridge.
Dimensions: Body length – 19″, lower bout – 15″, upper bout – 11 3/8″, body depth – 4 3/8″ tapering to 3 1/2″ at the neck, scale – 25″
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