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Stephen Marchione Semi Premium, Preowned

Stephen Marchione Semi Premium, Preowned

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Preowned, 2015, near mint

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. The incredibly fine grained European one piece spruce top that Stephen uses here is from the same stock that he uses on his elite archtops. The body is carved from a single piece of curly flamed mahogany; very rare indeed.

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The idea to construct such an instrument as the Semi Hollow 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 pre-owned 2015 Semi–Hollow electric from Stephen Marchione was created with professionalism in mind above all else. It is in near mint condition, being straight out of a collection , with some of the most exquisite wood choices I've seen from Stephen - it is truly an outstanding example of this much desired model that looks and plays as impressively now as the day it originally left the shop in 2015.

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 grained European one piece spruce top that Stephen uses here is from the same stock that he uses on his elite archtops. The body is carved from a single piece of curly flamed mahogany; very rare indeed. It also has a perfectly carved medium C neck profile, a warm, luscious D'aquisto shaded 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 and premium  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.


Conditionnear mint
Year2015
Body15" one piece curly/flamed Honduran mahogany
Topcarved one piece European spruce
FinishD'aquisto shaded nitrocellulose
Bindingebony
NeckHonduran mahogany
FingerboardAfrican old growth ebony
Nut width1 11/16"
Neck profilecontoured medium C
Fingerboard radius12"-14" compound
Fretsstainless steel 6150
TunersSperzel
BridgeGotoh tunamatic
PickupsMarchione designed Dimarzio humbuckers
Weight6.0 lbs.
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