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Yanuziello ala Frisell Deluxe, Preowned 2017

Yanuziello ala Frisell Deluxe, Preowned 2017

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Preowned, 2017, near mint

Straight out of a collection, this 2017 near mint Yanuziello is just a killer guitar. CR previously sold a beautiful electric that was very similar to the one Joe made for Bill Frisell, and this particular Yanuziello is a deluxe version of that very guitar, with premium woods and appointments, and a modified Bigsby B-3. It also has one of the sweetest neck profiles ever on a Yanuziello. Joe’s new asymmetrical neck carve is more rounded on the bass side than the treble side and feels SO good.

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CRAIG'S POV

Straight out of a collection, this 2017 near mint Yanuziello is just a killer guitar. Other than some light pickguard scratches and few superficial body marks this beauty is a sweet as it was on the day it originally left our shop. Joe's guitars are increasingly hard to come by with backorders running into the years. If a Yanuziello is on your radar, here is your chance to own an exceptional example.

Following is my original POV for this guitar:

Many luthiers in this era are creating instruments that grow directly from historic designs, but relatively few develop a dynamic relationship with the past, expanding their thinking to designs beyond the iconic Fender and Gibson guitars. This is not a criticism, but there are other really great designs out there, even if not as fully realized as the big names.

Joe Yanuziello is a luthier based in Canada who was interested in other styles, and years ago had a particular love for vintage Danelectro and Harmony instruments with the old DeArmond gold foil pickups. For anyone out there who has ever asked the question what would happen if one of those cool old designs was evolved into a modern instrument by a world class guitar maker? This guitar is your answer.

We recently sold a beautiful electric that was very similar to the one Joe made for Bill Frisell, and our newest Yanuziello is a deluxe version of that very guitar, with premium woods and appointments, and a modified Bigsby B-3. It also has one of the sweetest neck profiles I’ve ever played on a Yanuziello. Joe’s new asymmetrical neck carve is more rounded on the bass side than the treble side and feels SO good that it will be my new default neck shape going forward. I just love it.

Joe is an especially unique luthier, bringing to his guitars decades of passion and commitment to the art, but with a very individual aesthetic. His guitars don't fit into standard categories, and his electric design, while inspired by the guitars mentioned above, is distinctively his own. The shape of the guitar and headstock were developed in the early 1980s, and have remained true all these years, but Joe has advanced the precision of his craft to mastery, and these very special guitars are resonant and warm, with rich overtones and a very musical voice.

This guitar is hollow, and very light (5.9 lbs). It has an airy electric tone with nicely balanced acoustic qualities, which is the likely reason Bill Frisell plays one. Of course, the guitar can deliver a broad range of tones, but I can practically hear Bill’s sustaining notes and chords when I play the guitar. The small body also makes it incredibly comfortable to play, standing or sitting.

The fit and finish is first rate, as you expect from Joe. The pickups are custom single coil Lindy Fralins that capture the spirit and warmth of the old gold foils Joe loves, but with a more balanced tonal pallet and better clarity, and they are reverse wound for hum cancellation. I love the hand made fluted tortoise shell knobs which look very cool and have a nice feel.

There really isn’t anything else out there like this instrument. It is a super lightweight, warm and resonant sounding guitar, made to perfection by a master, eminently comfortable, and with a vintage vibe unlike most any guitar you will see. It would be a great instrument for roots music, country, jazz, working with a singer or other acoustic musicians, even rock music. If you want to make an individual statement as a guitarist, this guitar would be a perfect partner.

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 YANUZIELLO INSTRUMENTS
It certainly doesn't take a genius to realize that guitar builder Joseph Yanuziello is the real deal. What's "the real deal" you say? When it comes to luthiers, it means someone who has built a meaningful full-time career over a long period of time, developed the craft/art/voodoo of instrument building to the highest level, carved out their own niche in an overcrowded sea of brand names, you know, the real deal! There is something about a Yanuziello that is both plain-and-simple and somehow luxurious at the same time. In fact, Yanuziello's background in design and wood/metal fabrication has served him well in producing what he would describe as "modern vintage instruments." His interest in many musical genres is reflected in the different electric and acoustic instruments he produces. "The challenge is to keep it fresh and new and a continuous learning experience...the players have a lot to do with this." - JY

Serial #22917E
Bodyone piece mahogany
Topone piece select spruce
NeckSouth American mahogany
Nutpolished ebony, 1 11/16"
Neck profileasymmetrical, .90" 1st fret, .960" 12th fret
Truss rodtwo way adjustable
Scale24 3/4"
FingerboardMacassar 12" radius
Bridgepolished ebony, thumbwheel adjustable
Bindingtortoise shell, .060" body double bound, fingerboard & headstock
Tailpiecemodified Bigsby B-3
Headstock veneerebony
PickupsFralin/Yanuziello single coil, reverse wound
Controlsvolume, tone and 3-way switch
Pickup coversbrass/chrome plated
Knobshand made fluted tortoise shell
Pickguardtortoise shell and Italian celluloid
Finishlight amber top toner, clear gloss lacquer top coats, polished to high gloss
TunersWaverly open back nickel with tortoise shell buttons
Nutpolished ebony, 1 11/16"
Weight5.9 lbs
Casecustom Ameritage/Yanuziello
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