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Brad Nickerson Custom FC3 Circa 2000

Brad Nickerson Custom FC3 Circa 2000

Price: $3,995

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Preowned 2000, excellent minus

Tonally the FC3 is rich and throaty sounding. It has a really beautiful tone. Perhaps the greatest accolade one can give it is that it reminds very much of a Linda Manzer 6 with with its mid range presence and wonderful note definition. For those players who like Metheny's acoustic tone, this guitar is a definite way in. For those players who want an excellent and beautiful boutique guitar built by a fine builder here is the perfect opportunity to own one at a gentle price.

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Condition: Other than several non structural finish issues the guitar is in excellent minus condition. There are some finish scuffs and scrapes on the back with some finish issues on the headstock logo area. The back has a superficial back fissure in the finish only. The guitar has no cracks in the wood and is structurally sound.

CRAIG'S POV

I've been familiar with Brad Nickerson's deep guitar building skills for a long time. Having played several of his guitars, in particular his superb archtops, I have always been impressed by the focused tone of his instruments. The Custom FC3 acoustic that I have in the shop is proof of his masterful lutherie chops, and despite the finish issues, this is a great guitar. Period.  

Look at the wood. The AAAAA  koa body is absolutely stunning. It's one of the nicest sets of koa that I have ever seen on an acoustic guitar. Really. It's just gorgeous. It has superior playability. Fine archtop makers have a great sense of how to incorporate playability into their instruments, how a guitar feels in your hand. From the neck carve of this instrument to the way the guitar sits in your lap, it just feels right. In short, everything you'd expect from a fine boutique guitar is here.

Best of all, tonally the FC3 is rich and throaty sounding. It has a really beautiful tone. Perhaps the greatest accolade I can give it is that it reminds me very much of my Linda Manzer 6 with with its mid range presence and wonderful note definition. For those players who like Metheny's acoustic tone, this guitar is a definite way in.

For those players who want an excellent and beautiful boutique guitar built by a fine builder here is the perfect opportunity to own one at a gentle price. Don't let this one pass you by.

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.

Serial #889
BackAAAAA highly flamed koa
SidesAAAAA highly flamed koa
Topsitka spruce
CutawayVenetian
Bindingcherry with maple purfling
Rosetteabalone
Lower bout16"
Headstockredwood burl with Macassar ebony inset
Scale length25 1/4"
Nut width1 3/4"
String spacing at bridge2 1/4"
Fretboardebony
Bridgepremium rosewood
Bindingwood
Tunersgold Gotoh
Rosetteabalone
CutawayVenetian
Casehardshell
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