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Theo Scharpach Vienna Joe

Theo Scharpach Vienna Joe

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hardshell case included

This is simply an exquisite guitar. It's built and finished with old-world craftsmanship of the highest order. Starting with Theo's exquisite and rare tonewoods. Whatever magic dust Theo adds to his build process is evident and appreciated. Everything here is so well thought out. No small detail has been overlooked. A custom pickup and hardware sourced from Europe's finest craftsmen were selected for this particular Joe with the mission to realize this guitar's inner voice and mojo.

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CRAIG'S POV

So how do I start this POV... well, let me start with the ending: bottom line, if I had to choose my top 5 desert island electric archtop guitars, I would be hard pressed not to include Scharpach's Vienna Joe in that list.

This is why I love guitars. Every once in a while, I'm lucky enough to find magic in an instrument. A guitar where everything comes together and elevates it to another plane.

This is simply an exquisite guitar. It's built and finished with old-world craftsmanship of the highest order. Starting with Theo's exquisite and rare tonewoods.

To me, the hallmark of a very fine instrument is when in the playing, the guitar seems to "dissolve" as a separate object and becomes just the conduit for creativity. The guitar and the inspired music making process become one thought, one sound, one spark. It is hard to describe but it's something that only the very finest luthiers can achieve.

Whatever magic dust Theo adds to his build process is evident and appreciated. Everything here is so well thought out. No small detail has been overlooked. A custom pickup and hardware sourced from Europe's finest craftsmen were selected for this particular Joe with the mission to realize this guitar's inner voice and mojo.

It has a wonderful neck profile that reminds me of a perfectly carved '50s Gibson. As far as tone there's more magic. I find that most electric archtops, once plugged in become kind of one dimensional in that you just hear the pickup tone. Not here though. Remarkable as it may seem, it's like the pickup transmits the snap of the wood through the amp. But most importantly, you FEEL the wood in your tone. It is as if the soul of the wood permeates the instrument's sonic palette.

The Vienna Joe is certainly a desert Island guitar!

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 SCHARPACH GUITARS
Theo Scharpach is a legendary Austrian guitar maker who has been crafting some of the most wonderful archtop guitars for decades. He was one of the fortunate luthiers who was chosen to build a presentation guitar for Scott Chinery's Blue Guitar Collection. His work has been coveted by collectors worldwide with prices of his exquisite collector guitars going for well over $50,000. Many world renowned professionals — Al Dimeola and Steve Howe for instance, are inspired by Theo's high level of craftsmanship and his guitars' exquisite tone and playability. Besides his renowned craftsmanship, one of the distinguishing elements of Theo's guitars is his extraordinary aged wood selection. Most of his woods are over 70 years old with some pieces over 500 years old.


Back and sides75 year old European flame maple
Top75 year old European spruce
NeckSpanish cedar
Body size16" acoustic
Fingerboardebony
Inlaymother of pearl
Fingerboard radius12" to 17"
Nut width44 mm
Neck profileC shape, .85"- .97"
Scale length25"
Bindingcelluloid
Finishsunburst nitrocellulose
Tailpiececustom ABM of Germany
Weight5 lbs
Pickupcustom humbucker, Benedetti of France
Electronicsvolume, tone
Casehardshell
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