This Selmer/archtop hybrid guitar was designed by the Utah based luthier Ryan Thorell for Frank
Vignola, a longstanding luminarie of the American Gypsy and swing scene. Frank's
style fuses the acoustic pyrotechnics of Gypsy jazz with the cool
sophistication of American swing and bebop, requiring an instrument that
is truly acoustic/electric. There's no doubt that Thorell succeeded
brilliantly in this endeavor, by designing an instrument with impressive acoustic volume and tone that is easily amplified and feedback resistant.
An evolution of Frank's previous Benedetto signature model,
the Eastman FV680CE-SB has body contours based on that of the Selmer
Maccaferri models made famous by Django Reinhardt. The most notable
feature is the Maccaferri style cutaway which instantly identifies this
instrument's Gypsy heritage. Innovations include a smaller, more
comfortable 15" body; a shorter, more ergonomic 25 3/8" scale; carved
cello style tailpiece; carved ebony pickguard; stylized soundholes on
the lower treble bout; and a sound port on the upper bass bout. Unlike
traditional Gypsy guitars, this instrument has a carved, AAA spruce top
that is unusually thin to allow for maximum acoustic resonance. A
floating Lollar Johnny Smith pickup and pickguard mounted tone and
volume thumb wheels are also included.
The acoustic sound of
this instrument is truly unique, as its hybrid qualities allow one to
achieve punchy, Gypsy style leads one minute and complex, mellow jazz
tones the next. The projection is astonishing, with plenty of volume for
rowdy Gypsy campfire jams or acoustic, big band rhythm work. The Lollar
Johnny Smith pickup translates these qualities beautifully into an
amplified sound that is rich and full, while retaining a very acoustic-like
vibe, even at high volumes.
|Fret Neck||14 Fret|
|Scale Length||25 3/8"|
|Nut Width||1 3/4"|
|Body Depth||3 1/4"|
|Back and Sides||Mahogany|
|Tailpiece||Thorell Cello Style|
|Tuners||Gold Grover Slothead tuners|
|Strings||Clearetone .012-.052 Roundwound|
|Case||Black Vinyl Hard Case|
Same thickness as the GP250 but smaller over all dimensions. Provides better control with out losing tone. Seems to work nicely on shorter scale guitars. 27.5 mm long, 23.3 mm wide, 2.5 mm thick. (two per pack).
Learn jazz rhythm guitar. Book/CD pack includes: sample songs, patterns, progressions, and excercises; essential chord voicings, inversions, and substitutions; info on time, groove and reading charts; a chord reference library; and over 50 full-demo samples on CD. Lead sheet format. 80 pp.