Friday, January 14, 2011

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Thorell Fine Guitars

In This Issue

-  Release of the 2011 Frank Vignola Premier

-  Available! 2008 Thorell Legato museum grade guitar!!!

All of you who own or wish you owned a Thorell Guitar, now is your chance to show the love. Balloting is open for 2011 best gear showcase at Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Just follow the link and sign in to vote for Thorell Guitars!

This is the 2011 Frank Vignola Studio Model! There a lot of subtle and strong refinements that make this revised model better than ever.
   -Standard Waverly Tuners
   -Standard Solid Headstock with optional slotted headstock.
   -Full fretboard length double carbon fiber reinforcement
   -Slightly thicker body depth with more drastic taper and a bent and carved soundboard. This refinement, gradually accomplished from a lot of experimentation, is found only on Thorell guitars.
   -An improved tone circuit with great vintage tone.
   -A fantastic parallelogram blade pickup built by Pete Biltoft
   -Now comes standard with Hiscox cases, extremely light and bulletproof, no need for fiberglass or carbon fiber. These are great!
   -This guitar is even lighter, more resonant, more responsive, and still great at avoiding feedback!
   -Still hand carved, made one at a time in a one man shop. Made just for you by me using the best of aged woods I can find!
   -As always, free custom ergonomic elements like string spacing and nut width, neck carve, etc.
   -May be tuned to be played with round wound, phosphor bronze or silk and steel strings. (Most commonly played with round wounds)
Check out my website for the specs!
More Pics Below!

Available for Sale

Thorell Legato 2008 Museum Grade
This is an amazing instrument! In flawlessly mint condition, just like it left my shop a few years ago. The owner regrettably has to let it go, and is willing to sell it for a great price. These once in a lifetime woods were an  honor to work with. The hand carved soundboard was crafted from a Port Orford Cedar tree that was well over a thousand years old, and only three feet thick in diameter.  It carries some of the tightest grain I have ever seen.  Most of the old growth Port Orford Cedar was purchased and exported to Japan where it is a prized wood for many uses.  Even old growth trees in areas that are  extremely difficult to harvest were air lifted out. These mostly range at least six feet in diameter. This particular tree was discovered in a grove of previously harvested tree stumps. Already dead,  it had been previously passed over as a younger tree because of its size. The back and sides of this guitar are made of Bastogne Walnut. This is the rarest living walnut in the world and only harvested with great care, thus very seldom available. Bastogne is an airborne hybrid of Claro Walnut and English Grove Walnut. Most of the time this Cross Hybridization creates one of the parent trees. This rare species has very superior strength with gorgeous figuring and color. I can't get sets from either of these trees anymore. To make the most of the opportunity I used my premier binding package and a gorgeous figured koa to wrap the guitar with. The sound of the guitar is unbelievable, especially with a couple of years on it. It is extremely lush and rich. Its tonality is amazingly even, with a very ear catching envelope of attack. Just a pleasure to play, and even more gorgeous in person.
Please call or email if you have any questions.

I have received a lot of questions about the Gianina, and what it sounds like so  I asked Frank Vignola to play a number on his so you can hear what this guitar is all about. Just follow this link to check it out. 

Thanks, and call or email with any questions.

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