"Danny K" 12" wide Archtop Guitar, Details SOLD 12/25/21
This guitar was inspired by a 1952 ES-141T Gibson played by Danny Korchmar, a very well known studio player (for Jackson Browne, the Eagles, James Taylor, etc). When the original's case opened, so was my mind... immediate affection. At the time, I had never heard of Mr. K. : I simply fell in love with the design, especially the size. With only a 12 1/2" lower bout, it sits in your lap very sweetly, and after e-mailing Mr. K about the provenance of the original; he said he'd played it for years and it was his favorite at one time. One heck of a jazz guitar, he said.
Of course, the Gibsons were made of plywood back then, and had a nice sunburst paint job. So I made it my own, with some very nice Curly Maple, a Port Orford Cedar top ( super finely grained), Curly Koa binding, the very best tuning machines by Waverly, an Ebony fretboard, and a similar, thinline body. The headstock design is my own; it can be very hard to create an original headstock idea, I have found. After 150 years, most every design has already been used. It is not electrified yet, although it is prepped for it; but still it enjoys good projection and sustain, especially for a smaller guitar, while maintaining the sweetness of playability and visual appeal. A person with smaller hands or stature would really enjoy this one. Price reflects "as is" status... but installing a good pickup and altering the bridge is not a major factor.
Again, it has a 12" wide Lower Bout, the body is 17 1/2 " tall, Total Length 37 1/8, the sides are only 2 3/8 " finished, and the arching is modest. Total Weight is 3 lbs, 15 oz. or 1776 grams. Not electric at present, but can do.
Retail Price; All Tax, Shipping and Insurance Included... $3,000