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Moffa Anthea Preowned, 2015

Moffa Anthea Preowned, 2015

Price: $4,750

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preowned, near mint

This Moffa Anthea was orginally built in 2015 and has now found its way back home on a trade-in from the original owner. It is a fortunate occurrance 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. The guitar has been well cared-for and is in near mint condition.

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CRAIG'S POV

This Moffa Anthea was orginally built in 2015 and has now found its way back home on a trade-in from the original owner. And I have to say it is both a deep pleasure to see it again and a fortunate occurrance for anyone looking for one of these rare beauties. The guitar has been well cared-for and is in near mint condition.

The Anthea represents a new chapter in Moffa’s singular journey to build highly individual instruments that are rooted in the iconic guitar designs of the past, but with updated modern appointments, incredible ergonomics and refined aesthetics. More than most luthiers building today, he has worked tirelessly to understand the true needs of guitar players, and has been slowly building a range of guitars that not only sound fantastic, but play easily and feel like extensions of your hands and body. I think he would say its all in the details.

The Anthea is a new evolutionary step in the hybrid solid body/hollow body style guitar. Many players like the air that a hollow body brings to a guitar’s tone, but struggle with playing hollow and semi hollow instruments live (or even in the living room if playing loud) because such guitars are 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 body, creating a hollow space, and then finishes the guitar with a hand carved soundboard. This is not a new concept, of course, but he takes it to the level of art, not least because he is a master builder of acoustic archtops. 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. One of the most impressive aspects of the guitar is the fretboard/neck access, which is clear up to the 19th fret!! Anyone studying Ted Green’s or John Stowell’s harmonic ideas will be very happy on this instrument as you play chord inversions way up on the neck. Of course you don’t have to be harmonically sophisticated to appreciate the prodigious fretboard access.

It’s almost as if Moffa took his semi hollow body design and removed everything superfluous, everything that was not essential for the identity of the guitar. What remains is an artfully simple guitar with a huge and versatile tonal pallet that covers a wide range of musical ground. 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.

Some details lean toward archtop influences, such as the hand rubbed burnt brown finish, elegant f-hole, and the hand carved ebony tailpiece. Other features reflect solid body influences, such as the small body size and pickups, and the neck access.

This really is a player’s guitar. The finish and look of course make it a beautiful instrument, a work of art, but the attention Moffa pays to details make it a guitar you will love to play in any situation, a guitar that is easy to play, easy to carry, 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
Casehardshell case
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