“That tobacco brown colour I’ve always been looking for”
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“That tobacco brown colour I’ve always been looking for… That of the famous “Toscanelli” cigars that left fragrant trails along the road, loved and hated because of the intense and rather sour taste they left behind. I think I saw, when I was a boy, how they were made from the typical tobacco leaves grown in Tuscany and I think I remember perfectly the deep brown colour, veined with yellow/green flames, that characterised them. It is a colour I have often tried to reproduce and this time I think I have succeeded as never before with the procedure of dyeing flamed maple with alcohol stain. To complete the range of shades of Tuscan tobacco, a beautiful pair of indian rosewood sides. This is written, as you may have guessed, by an ex-smoker luthier.”… Let’s Play

All the archtop models presented on these pages are completely handmade by luthier Emanuele D’Alò, owner of the Shank Instruments Milano brand. The instruments are built according to the Benedetto method and both the soundboards and the backs are handmade from solid boards.

  • Soundboard: quarter sawn flamed maple, handcarved
  • Back: quarter sawn flamed maple, handcarved
  • Sides: rosewood
  • Size: 35 cm (17″)
  • Height sides: 60 mm (2,3″)
  • Neck: flamed maple, C shape. Height 1st fret  0,8″ (22mm)
  • Fretboard: rosewood, 20 frets medium jumbo
  • Radius: 12″
  • Bracing: parallel
  • Diapason: 24,75″ (Gibson)
  • Nut: 1,7″ (43,5 mm) – Osso
  • Pickup: Bill Lawrence A-400
  • Bridge: ebony
  • Finish: poliurethane
  • Weight: 7.0 lbs (3,2 kg)

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