“Archtop guitar. Handcarved. Italian spruce.”
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“The precise guideline received from my client Dario was that it should be blonde and with the soundboard in Italian spruce. No trace of shading or burst in the finishing phase, simply blonde. That’s how I tried to make it while I was building it and while selecting the spruce and maple quartersawn boards. After all, the uniqueness of this type of finishing, completely transparent, is given exactly by the absence of colour that ends up becoming colour, among the most intense and deep for an instrument of this kind. The balance between the degree of “white” of the three types of wood, fir and marbled maple must be perfect and the harmony between the shades of colour absolutely harmonious. It is mainly for this reason, in my opinion, that making instruments with a completely transparent finishing can be particularly difficult. As for the rest, a mahogany wood binding to embellish, with discretion, the contour of the shapes. Simply, absolutely blonde“… Let’s Play

All the archtop models presented on these pages are completely handmade by luthier Emanuele D’Alò, owner of the brand Shank Instruments. The instruments are built according to the principles of the Robert Benedetto method and both the soundboards and the backs are handmade from solid wood boards. The model photographed in this page does not bear the usual Shank Instruments logo, the silver coin, for express indication of the client who requested the engraving of the lute maker’s signature inside the body.

  • Top: italian spruce Val di Fiemme (quarter sawn) hand carved
  • Back: flamed maple (quarter sawn) hand carved
  • Sides: flamed maple. Binding mahogany.
  • Size: 17″
  • Side height: 2,7″
  • Neck: flamed maple
  • Fretboard: ebony, 20 frets medium jumbo
  • Radius: 12″
  • Bracing: parallel
  • Diapason: 24,75″
  • Nut: 1,6″ – Bone
  • Pickup: custom floating. Split humbucker/single coil
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Finish: polyurethane

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  1. Dario

    Questa chitarra soddisfa a pieno le mie aspettative di timbrica, attacco, durata del suono e suonabilita come meglio non potevo

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