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Moffa Anthea, 2015

Moffa Anthea, 2015

Price: $4,750

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Preowned 2015, excellent

This Moffa Anthea was initially built in 2015 and has found its way back home on a trade-in from the original owner. The guitar has been well-cared-for and is in excellent condition; no issues here. And I have to say it is both a deep pleasure to see it again and a fortunate occurrence for anyone looking for one of these rare beauties. The Anthea represents a new chapter in Moffa's singular journey to build highly individual instruments rooted in the iconic guitar designs of the past, but with updated modern appointments, incredible ergonomics, and refined aesthetics.

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CRAIG'S POV

This Moffa Anthea was initially built in 2015 and has found its way back home on a trade-in from the original owner. The guitar has been well-cared-for and is in excellent condition; no issues here. And I have to say it is both a deep pleasure to see it again and a fortunate occurrence for anyone looking for one of these rare beauties.

The Anthea represents a new chapter in Moffa's singular journey to build highly individual instruments rooted in the iconic guitar designs of the past, but with updated modern appointments, incredible ergonomics, and refined aesthetics.

Many players like the air that a hollow body brings to a guitar's tone but struggle with playing hollow instruments because they can be prone to feedback. Moffa has been working with the concept of a semi-solid body, which is a guitar that begins its life as a solid body guitar, but he carves out some of the wood in the center of the body.  He then finishes the guitar with a hand-carved soundboard. While this is not a new concept, Moffa takes it to the level of art.

The result: The Anthea has both the airy acoustic tone of an an archtop and the round, sustaining clarity of a fine solid body. Depending on where you set the tone and volume controls, the guitar can lean toward one or the other.

This guitar is incredibly comfortable to play. It lays in your hands perfectly, standing or sitting, and everything feels just right, including the medium C neck.

Playing solo jazz standards? No problem. Fusion? Easy! Rock and roll? Of course. Metal? Believe it or not, yes on that too. There aren't many guitars out there that can handle clean jazz gigs AND super high gain shredding, but the Anthea definitely can.

This really is a player's guitar. The finish and look of course make it a beautiful instrument, a work of art, and the attention Moffa pays to details make it a guitar you will love to play in any situation, a guitar that is great to play, easy to hear, and easy on the eyes.

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 MOFFA GUITARS
Nico Moffa's guitars were first noticed when Kurt Rosenwinkel started playing them. Nico comes (in the craftsmanship sense) from the long tradition of Italian violin and cello making. His aim is to give guitars the nobility of those instruments - in their pure acoustic sound, and in their aesthetics as well. He favors minimal elegance - no fretboard dots, no inlays (whether mother of pearl or plastic), and you can see the elegance radiating from the instrument. It’s simply a beautiful object. But beyond that, Nico’s finishes are recipes based on those used for violins, cellos, etc., as he believes that is the best means of allowing the wood to resonate at its best. Further, the colors are natural and obtained from vegetable extracts, which allows for great nuance. Beyond that, the color and the finish are a complete entity - there’s no “paint” involved. Those finishes, in Nico’s opinion, give the instrument a warmth that is more typical of the way instruments used to be made. A pre-industrial look, as it were. The guitars themselves, while crafted following traditional means are anything but that in use.

Tophandcarved maple
Bodyblack korina
Cutawayaccess to 19th fret
Neckhard rock maple
Scale length628mm
Radiuscompound
Nut width44mm
Finishburnt brown satin, natural gum with top coat of synthetic satin
Bridgegold Schaller tuneomatic
Tunersgold Gotoh 510
Pickups2 hardwired and handmade H2 soap bar with ebony structure (H2 is a humbucker with different poles for a more electric output)
ElectronicsBourns pots, aluminum foil/paper-in-oil Jenson capacitors, 3 way toggle switch
Weight7.2 lbs
CaseMooradium gig bag
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