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Daniel Slaman Little Stepsister

Daniel Slaman Little Stepsister

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For those who don't know, the Sisterhood Series guitars came about through a collaboration between Daniel Slaman and Pat Metheny, both of whom share a passion for early to mid 20th century Gibson archtops. This guitar is a true player's instrument, and as soon as you put it in your hands, it feels like a guitar that you've been making music with for years. Daniel nailed the vibe of classic vintage archtops with this beauty.

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CRAIG'S POV

I'm delighted to welcome a brilliant new addition to Daniel Slaman's Sisterhood series of guitars. It's called the Little Stepsister because of its 15.5 body size. For those who don't know, the Sisterhood Series guitars came about through a collaboration between Daniel Slaman and Pat Metheny, both of whom share a passion for early to mid 20th century Gibson archtops. (Check out Slaman's website for the story: http://www.newvintageguitars.com/guitar-for-pat-metheny-1.html)

What I love about this guitar, apart from its fantastic, lively tone, is how incredibly comfortable it is to play. I'm fond of small-bodied instruments because of the ergonomics, and I appreciate a light guitar that's easy to wrap my arms around.

This guitar is a true player's instrument, and as soon as you put it in your hands, it feels like a guitar that you've been making music with for years. Daniel nailed the vibe of classic vintage archtops with this beauty. The antiqued sunburst finish is inviting with its rich, warm vintage patina. Plus, Daniel nailed the neck profile with that great soft V carve that makes '50s Gibson's so desirable; a righteous feel!

The top is beautiful straight-grained bearclaw Sitka spruce. Slaman's tops are thinner than most other archtops, as he feels this is an essential component to the acoustic responsiveness of his guitars. Indeed, this guitar is very responsive and balanced across the neck.

The guitar shines when you plug it in. The electric tone is almost pianistic, with a dynamic full-bodied sound that's rich in overtones. Daniel's custom-designed compensated Charlie Christian pickup is a wonder, a true favorite of mine (as well as Pat Metheny's, I'm sure).

For someone who loves Gibson designs from the 1930s - 1950s, this guitar will give you the feel and vibe of a vintage guitar with modern playability and reliability. A big thumbs up here!

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 DANIEL SLAMAN GUITARS
Daniel Slaman has been making guitars since 1978. Born in 1957, the first guitar was made with help from his father and the book ‘Classical Guitar Making’ by the late Irving Sloane. After spending much time with the classical and flamenco guitars, since 1995 Daniel has been making archtop jazz guitars exclusively. To Slaman, guitar making is an expression of creative freedom; every choice that is made for a particular guitar is made to achieve a unity in design. The result may not be to everybody's taste, that's a different matter, but the unity of design should always shine through in choices of wood, size, decoration and finish colour of the guitar. The result is always a unique one-of-a-kind instrument, made by one mind and set of hands. Slaman players connect to their guitar(s) in a unique way. To these owners, the guitar has a meaning beyond physical aspects; there's always a bond or connection between the player and the guitar. The guitars transcend the status of mere physical objects; they almost become a part of the family, an irreplaceable item of value both material and immaterial.

Serial #45221
Body size15.5 inch
Scale length24 3/4"
Topcarved Sitka spruce with bearclaw figuring, X-braced
Back and sidesbird's eye maple, quilted insert in back, arched with braces
NeckHonduran mahogany, soft V, 22 frets
FingerboardMadagascar rosewood, pearl dot inlays
Bridgerosewood
Tailpiecegenuine Gibson vintage, gold plated
ElectronicsCharlie Christian compensated pickup, volume and tone control
Knobsbakelite pre-war 150 style knobs
Tunersopen Grover, new but antiqued gold plated, 'stinger' black back of headstock
Pickguardsmokey amber transparent, bound
Nutbone
Finishantiqued nitro cellulose, semi-burst
CaseHiscox Pro-Lite
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