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Stephen Marchione Semi-Hollow Deluxe

Stephen Marchione Semi-Hollow Deluxe

Price: $12,500

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Pre-owned, 2015, excellent-minus

This offering was originally sold by CR Guitars in 2015. There a few minor dings on the body with one 1/2" finish check at the top of the bass sound hole. Normally we would rate a guitar like this as "excellent condition" but because of this minor flaw in the finish we will give it a "excellent minus." It really is an instrument whose sound and playability are far beyond any narrative description.

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This new semi–hollow body from Stephen Marchione was created with professionalism in mind above all else.

The idea to construct such an instrument was born one evening when Stephen encountered Mike Moreno, a renowned New York based jazz musician, at a private concert. Stephen watched on as Mike played with his standard semi-hollow body guitar. Clearly impressed with Mike's virtuosic jazz chops, Stephen nonetheless felt that Moreno was robbed of sound quality by the instrument he was playing.

After the show, Stephen talked with Moreno and proposed building a semi-hollow body electric guitar with his carefully developed 15" Mark Whitfield Archtop guitar as the base design. Moreno agreed, and months later he and Stephen were both thrilled with the result. The tone and sustain dealt out by this guitar is truly astonishing.

CRAIG'S POV

This offering was originally sold by CR Guitars in 2015. There a few minor dings on the body with one 1/2" finish check at the top of the bass sound hole. Normally I would rate a guitar like this as "excellent condition" but because of this minor flaw in the finish I will give it a "excellent minus." The guitar plays and sounds as superbly as it did on the day it left our shop in 2015. Below is the original writeup on this stunning guitar:

Simply put, this guitar is, indeed, astonishing. A masterful creation from the hands of the great luthier Stephen Marchione. It really is an instrument whose sound and playability are far beyond any narrative description. This is a guitar that needs to be experienced in person. And better yet, played. Imagine having one of the world's finest archtop builders distill all his knowledge and finest materials into an amazingly player-friendly platform.

Consider what you'll experience: The elegance of its geometry, its ergonomic feel, the astounding touch sensitivity of its tone, the beyond-compare fit and finish and remarkable workmanship.

The incredibly fine tight grained European spruce top that Stephen uses here is from the same stock that he uses on his elite archtops, as is the European maple body and neck. It also has a perfectly carved medium C neck profile, a warm, luscious cremona red color and some of the best fret work I've ever seen.

I sense that there were certainly some genius particles floating in the atmosphere when Stephen designed and built this beauty.

Years ago, Stephen had the opportunity to play a semi hollow electric that James D'Aquisto built for me. It was a ground breaking instrument that definitely had an effect on Stephen. After spending some time with the D’Aquisto, Marchione looked over to me and said that one day he would create a guitar that would inspire me the way my D'aquisto did. Well, all I can say is that that day has come. This very elite custom guitar is an inspiration. I'm pretty sure that the master himself, D'aquisto, would have given Stephen a tip of his hat.

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.

Body15" quarter sawn European flamed maple
Topcarved one piece European spruce
Finishcremona red nitrocellulose
Bindingebony
Neckfigured European maple
FingerboardAfrican old growth ebony
Nut width1 11/16"
Neck profilecontoured C (1st .86" - 10th fret .96")
Fingerboard radius12"-14" compound
Fretsstainless steel 6150
TunersSperzel
BridgeGotoh Tunamatic
PickupsMarchione designed Dimarzio humbuckers
Weight6.3 lbs.
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