Maple body, Mark Finney made, to Colin Keefe's Resophonic design, based on original iconic Tricone, with Colin's signature "Cat's Eye" Soundholes & Quarterman Cones.


Guitar is with the maker, Mark Finney in Leicester - Please Contact VTG initially with any Enquiries.


This is a rare opportunity to buy a quality individually Luthier-designed and built Resonator guitar, recently finished by Mark, in February, 2015.

Equally unusual is the opportunity to view the online documented details of both the original Colin Keefe design, plus the constructional progress, through Mark Finney's contributions to Luthierforum.com.
Stock Number: VTGC1020.

Starting with the design by Colin Keefe, Luthier, Long Eaton, Nottingham, shown on his website on this link:-


.....and also in the Gallery section to his website:-


.....reflecting the iconic original Tricone design, but with "Cat's Eye" soundholes, based on Colin's signature Roundback guitar design, rather than the F-holes of the Duolian or Triolian style, or than the "grills" of the original Tricone. As Colin mentions..."This has a lovely warm sound for a resonator, great for jazz and blues."

Now, the making by Mark Finney, Leicester, who has worked with Colin for many years, initially as a student and, subsequently continuing making his own Guitars and other stringed instuments, including Mandola and Mandolin, for a good number of years now....please see the two Luthierforum.com links below the YouTube clip display....both pages 1 & 2 on the build description, and from part way down page 2 plus page 3 on the Galley.

Then the specification....some of this will be evident going through the build description and pictures, but the body is principally Maple....a beautifully figured top, with flaming, which is actually a fine laminate of Maple and Spruce, in line with the recognised use of laminated tops for Resonator tops, but with again beautifully figured solid Maple sides and exotically quilted solid Maple back. Bindings are Mahogany, both top and back. multi-bound to the top, neck is 3-piece, Maple and Mahogany, Headstock is faced front and back in Pommele Mahogany, similar to Sapele, which because of it's recognised strength is also used for the Fingerboard. Finish is French Polish, and Nut and Saddle of Bone.

Mark's build details refer to the Quarterman Cones, and the links give the details of the construction, which has obviously been much appreciated by Mark's fellow Forum contributors.

The finished job....I think you will agree looks stunning in the images I have taken and uploaded here, but this is capped by the excellent YouTube clip posted by Mark....any further info. you need, or if you want to discuss price etc.....just let me know!
As mentioned, the guitar is newly built and was finished in February, 2015.
Action, strings & cases
As you can see on the YouTube demo, an easy-playing guitar, which will be setup by Colin Keefe & I prior to sale, but currently has an excellent 12th. fret action of around 2.5mm., on 44mm. nut width fingerboard, and 650mm. scale.

It presently appears to be strung with 15-56 Phosphor Bronze strings, therefore suited to dropped/open tunings (presently in Open D), rather than Standard tuning, for which slightly lighter strings may be preferred. In view of the variations of string gauges & individual playing styles, I will leave it to the buyer to select and fit their own preferred strings. You might want to consider one of the sets from the Michael Messer National string range, made by the locally-based Newtone Strings.

There is no case with the guitar....if you will be requiring one, please let me know and I will see if I can offer a suitable bag or indeed a hard case...possibly a Hiscox Liteflite, at a modest price.


I have a stock of guitars which is added to regularly, but some tend to take a little time to find their way through my workshop, so if you do not see what you are looking for on my website currently, please enquire - who knows, I may have just what you are looking for!

**** YOUTUBE ****

As previously mentioned, I have embedded here the YouTube clip posted by the maker, Mark Finney, which excellently demonstrates the sound of this very attractive guitar.

The two Luthierforum.com links mentioned earlier are included as Useful Links #1 & #2 below the YouTube clip box.
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Delivery details
You are welcome to come and try out the guitars available, and of course to collect your guitar. Alternatively I may be able to deliver in person, within reasonable distance, at cost. Otherwise, I will pack securely and post as per arrangements made with you.

Postage Costs:-
To U.K. Addresses 15.00 or 25 for Next Day Delivery.
To European Addresses 30.00 to 60.00, depending on size, weight, value and delivery location.

If you need further information postage costs/timing/insurance or advice on other matters, please contact me via Contact form above, telephone 01543 677140. If no immediate response, I may be contactable via my mobile number 07970 832955, and I will do my best to answer any questions.


In addition to hundreds of UK sales, during the last few years, I have sold and had safely delivered many guitars to buyers in EU Countries, including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden, and also to Switzerland and Norway. I am always happy to advise potential buyers from throughout Europe with regard to postage arrangements and delivery costs.


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Useful links
Link to - Luthierforum.com - English Mark Guitars - Wooden Tricone
Link to - Luthierforum.com - Mark's album - see Pages 2 & 3
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