1. VTG AVAILABLE NOW! - CUSTOMER COMMISSION SALE - HANDCRAFTED JUMBO ACOUSTIC - ROB ARMSTRONG 1993 SPRUCE/WALNUT/EBONY GUITAR, PRO. REFURB/UPGRADE - VTGC1063.
Fine example of Rob Armstrong's individual design guitars, 16.25" Jumbo body, similar size to Gibson J-185, but with longer 25.5" scale length. Quality Hard Case Incl.
£1399
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AVAILABLE & READY TO GO! - 14/10/2020 - Selling on commission for a customer.
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Rare opportunity to purchase one of this iconic Coventry-based maker's individual design guitars!
Description
Stock Number: VTGC1057.

The guitar plays with excellently good quality of sound for which Rob Armstrong guitars are renowned.....indeed Colin Keefe, the luthier I work with, who carried out the refurbishment of the guitar, for the present owner in 1999, and who has just serviced the guitar, says that it is probably the best sounding Rob Armstrong guitar of the many he has come across over the years.

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Internal labels (see photos) read:-
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Rob Armstrong
No. 513/1193 (Serial 513 Date November 1993)

Restored by Colin Keefe Luthier 1999 * Brace Adjustments * New Bridge * Re-finished.

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Certificate of Ownership:
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.......on which are entered the following details:-

This one is numbered 513
Six String Acoustic Guitar
Back & Sides Walnut/Ebony Rosew ood lined
Date November 1993
Soundboard Spruce
Neck Walnut
Fretboard Ebony
Bridge (Ebony)....but repleced with Rosewood bridge by Colin Keefe on 1999 refurb
Machine Heads (Gold J.L. Ebony Buttons) but again replaced with similar Gotoh (Ebony Buttons) on refurb
Headstock Burr Walnut - Maple "A"
Special Features -
Burr Walnut Soundhole Inlay
Ebony Tuss Ros Cover
Bound "A"
(Ashworth bridge pickup)....removed on refurb

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Dimensions:
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Body Width - Lower Bout.......41.5cm./16.34"
- Upper Bout.......30.5cm./12"
Body Length...................52.5cm./20.67"
Body Depth - Front............9.9cm./3.9"
- Rear.............11cm./4.33"
Overall Length................107.3cm./42.25"
Scale Length..................650mm./25.6"
Fingerboard Width - Nut.......44.5mm./1.75"
12th. Fret..52.5mm./2.07"
Bridge String Spacing.........55mm./2.17"

The similar size Gibson J-185 has 16" body, similar Jumbo shape, but shorter 24 3/4" scale, whereas this model has 25.5" scale length similar to larger Super Jumbo bodied SJ-200.
Condition
Very good cosmetic condition, only minor surface play wear & fret wear. 1999 refurbishment by Colin Keefe, in addition to fitting new bridge, included upgrading & reinforcing the top bracing. The servicing/inspection just completed, again by Colin, has confirmed that the guitar has remained entirely stable in the over 20 years since he carried out that work.

Please contact me for info., and preferably arrange to come and inspect in person.
Action, strings & cases
Excellent set-up with good action at the 12th. fret of around 2.25mm/3mm.

Newly fitted strings believed to be Rotosound coated 12 guage.

Substantial hard case shown in photos is included.
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Delivery details
PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS ON UK & EUROPEAN DELIVERY OPTIONS, INTERNATIONAL SALES, FEEDBACK & TESTIMONIALS, OTHER GUITARS, PICKUP INSTALLATIONS, ETC. SECTIONS OF THE TWO "BOXES" AT THE HEAD OF PAGE 1.....HEADED "AVAILABLE GUITARS INVENTORY & ARCHIVE" AND "SALES & GENERAL ENQUIRIES".

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Can't find any demo clips of this style of Rob Armstrong guitar, so have had to content myself with embedding & linking the clips of Armstrong small-bodied & 12-string guitars that are available, with thanks to Messrs. Robbie Rose, Phil Lewis & Phil Bigwood.

Also you can find clips of Gordon Giltrap & Bert Jansch, plus this one of a similar vintage, but different style jumbo.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcMmLbdmG5s

.....entitled "Rob Armstrong handmade six-string acoustic guitar made in 1994" by Charlie Pritchard.
Video
Useful links
Rob Armstrong Acoustic Guitar Demo by Phil Lewis Guitar
Rob Armstrong 12 string - Phil Bigwood
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