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 FV880CE-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.
This long awaited flagship model has one big advantage over it's little brother the FV680. Constructed with highly figured maple back and sides, the FV880 is not only visually stunning but is also a tone monster! Maple has long been the wood of choice for archtop guitars as it's tonal characteristics are the most musical and satisfying. Complex, with singing highs and thick mids, the FV880 will shine in almost any situation. By comparison, the mahogany bodied FV680 has a simpler, flatter tone.
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||Maple|
|Tailpiece||Thorell Cello Style|
|Strings||D’Addario NYXL .012 - .052|
|Case||Black Vinyl Hard Case|
|Pickup(s)||Lollar Johnny Smith|
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.