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Linda Manzer FanFret Baritone Acoustic

Linda Manzer FanFret Baritone Acoustic

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Linda's newest creation — a fan fret just like Pat Metheny's newest — is without a doubt the finest baritone you'll ever play. Where to begin — well, first off, it is simply beautiful!!! The koa back and sides, the Manzer Wedge, the rosette, the headstock...everything comes together with seamless perfection. Linda has mastered the fan fret design in a way that gives the player all the tonal benefits of varied scale lengths but without the potentially awkward playing issues.

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CRAIG'S POV

I feel truly fortunate to be able to offer this brand new Linda Manzer FanFret Baritone acoustic guitar to you. My relationship with Linda is deep and goes back over 25 years to when she built me my first Manzer acoustic. Many exceptional builds were to follow - a 12 string guitar, a sitar, an archtop, a 12 string archtop, a classical, more acoustics and most importantly to me, Linda's very first baritone guitar, which she built for me in 1997. At that time, I needed a guitar to inspire me for my next recording project, something that felt like it came from my instincts, my musical guts, a guitar that would put me in the "zone" and be able to fill up a whole musical landscape with just one strum. After one of our many very long chats - sometimes hours and hours - Linda agreed to build her first baritone. To make a long story short, I knew Pat Metheny, and loaned him my Baritone. He, too, fell in love with it, picked up the phone, called Linda and had one made for him. Pat’s brilliance and subsequent recordings helped open the door for the acceptance of the baritone guitar as part of any guitarist's arsenal.

Linda's newest creation — a fan fret just like Pat's newest — is without a doubt the finest baritone I have ever played. Where to begin — well, first off, it is simply beautiful!!! The koa back and sides, the Manzer Wedge, the rosette, the headstock...everything comes together with seamless perfection. Linda has mastered the fan fret design in a way that gives the player all the tonal benefits of varied scale lengths but without the potentially awkward playing issues. It's not surprising — designing a fan fret has to be a piece of cake for the person who built Pat's multi neck Pikasso guitar.

The tone is rich and explosive with full bodied lows and expressive highs. It's an instrument that I get lost in, a guitar that moves and inspires me. Tuned A to A it's an orchestra in my lap. Different tunings work equally as well. To give you an idea of its tonal possibilities, Pat Metheny replaces the G and D strings with lighter gauges tuned an octave higher which then opens up a whole new avenue of creativity.

Bottom line, this is one of my favorite instruments made by one of the most legendary and respected guitar makers of our time. If you are looking for something truly special built by someone truly special, then this Manzer Baritone might just be exactly right for you.

PS. If you want to hear Linda's baritone in action, check out Pat Metheny's 'One Quiet Night' CD. It is solo baritone acoustic at its best!

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT MANZER GUITARS
Linda Manzer is recognized as one of the world's outstanding luthiers. Her creative journey with Pat Metheny has produced many remarkable instruments including the renowned 42-stringed Pikasso guitar, a fretless nylon archtop and the distinctive sitar guitar to name but a few. Her guitars have been displayed in the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Museum of Civilization, Canada. She received her training from Jean Larrivée between 1974 and 1978 and later with Jimmy D'Aquisto in New York. In addition to Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana, Stephen Fearing, Julian Lage, Henrik Andersen, Liona Boyd, Heather Bishop, Bruce Cockburn, Mike Francis (Pepe), Marie Lynn Hammond, Sherry Shute, John McGale, Gordon Lightfoot and our own Craig Snyder have to be mentioned as special customers too.

Topaged select German spruce
Back and sidespremium koa
Body depthcompound, Manzer Wedge shape
Fingerboard, bridge, peghead plateebony
Bindingebony
RosetteIndian rosewood and boxwood
Fan fret scale73cm (28.74 inches) on bass side, 71cm (27.95 inches) on treble side
Nut width47cm (18.5 inches)
Neck profilemedium C shape
Casetweed hard case
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