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Marchione 16” Archtop

Marchione 16” Archtop

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Many of today's archtops are beautiful to look at, works of art, but can sometimes fall short of being workable usable tools in making music. Because of Stephen's vast client list of pro players and his commitment to their real world needs, his archtop is not only sublime but an "elegant tool" for just about any style you can think of. Obviously, jazz is it's forte, its DNA, but honestly Stephen's archtop is tuned in to do so much more.

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CRAIG'S POV

Stephen Marchione makes world class guitars of all types - electric, steel string, classical, flamenco with all their variations. Arguably the most challenging, the archtop, to me, is the one that sets most builders apart. It is a very difficult build to master and one that has a distinguished and legendary lineage of it's own to live up to. I personally have owned many great and important guitars i.e. early Gibsons, D'angelico, Benedetto, D'aquisto, Manzer, Monteleone and more. At this point in my guitar life it is not easy for me to be impressed or moved by a new archtop guitar. Well simply put, Stephen's current 16" archtop is just wonderful. Impeccably made with sure craftsmanship and modernity.

Many of today's archtops are beautiful to look at, works of art, but in my opinion, fall short of being workable usable tools in making music. Because of Stephen's vast client list of pro players and his commitment to their real world needs, his archtop is not only sublime but an "elegant tool" for just about any style you can think of. (Ok, I’ll concede that it wouldn’t be my first choice if I wanted to play Van Halen's Eruption.) Obviously, jazz is it's forte, its DNA, but honestly Stephen's archtop is tuned in to do so much more.

Chip Wilson wrote a wonderful review in Vintage Guitar Magazine that goes deeply into this particular guitar. Check it out, he speaks for me as well.

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 MARCHIONE GUITARS
At one time in his life, Stephen Marchione spent six hours a day playing the guitar. Now he makes them—in fact, since beginning his career as a guitar maker in 1989, Stephen has created more than three-hundred guitars for some of the best guitar players in the world. The journey from high-school jazz devotee to “the finest young guitar maker working today,” according to Chamber Music America, was a rich and complicated one. After establishing his own brand and working for several years in New York, Stephen Marchione moved to Houston, Texas, where he builds his entire family of guitars, but Marchione has also studied privately since 1994 with Manhattan-based violin maker Guy Rabut. "I try to build one violin a year to keep my chops up" Says Marchione. He feels that building classical guitars and violins broadens his understanding of top thicknessing, tap tuning, and surface preparation. On the other hand, building electric guitars has taught him the importance of the fretboard in a player's appreciation of a guitar. Marchione is considered one of a very few leading-edge pioneers in the design of guitars that combine elements of both jazz and classical construction. This well-rounded approach contributes to the magic one finds in a Marchione instrument, a magic that is at once very broad yet truly individual.

Topalpine spruce
Back & sidesEuropean maple 16" with side soundport
NeckEuropean maple
Scale25 1/2"
Nut width1 11/16"
Neck profileC shape, .86 1st fret
FingerboardAfrican ebony
Tailpiece/bridgeAfrican ebony
BindingAfrican ebony
Headstock veneerAfrican ebony
Finishhoney color, thin nitro
ElectronicsMarchione signature humbucker, single volume knob
TunersSperzel locking
Nutbone
Casecustom Calton Marchione
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