Ari-Jukka Luomaranta handmade this guitar in Finland in 2012 for a German Gypsy Jazz Guitar shop.
I bought it from Fellowship of Acoustics in the Netherlands. The BEST guitar I have ever played!! It Barks!
Aged Solid European Spruce Top
GORGEOUS Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides with CITES Documents
3 Bridges handmade to the guitar for different actions.
670 MM Scale length
Comes with Non-Original HSC
Dot on 9th fret for us American's....
Here is Ari's explanation of the XO Treatment:
Straight grain laminated old stock Brazilian rosewood back and sides, sets can be chosen by customer.
Heat-treated European spruce top
Original grafted headstock.
Distressed relic finish.
Neck is reinforced with two carmbonfiber plates & two-way adustable truss-rod
"Thermotimber" is a heat treatment procedure for wood, usually used for construction and carpentry woods. Tampere University of Technology, Luthiery department of Ikaalinen School of Arts and Crafts and a company named "Suomen Ekopuu" has developed a special heat treatment procedure which is suitable for tonewoods. The normal "Thermotimber" procedure has some unwanted side effects for tonewood (decreasing elasticity, decreasing bending strength and colour changes). Certain special modifications to the procedure give many great advantages including increasing the speed of sound and resulting in a lighter weight, These can be reached without any unwanted effects mentiioned above.
On X-O, the relic finish is done with a water-based stain straight to wood, natural shellac and very slight amount of nitrocellulose to neck, back and sides. No sealers or fillers are used. Compared to a normal finish, vibrating mass is reduced, and the guitar is more sensitive, clear and crispy. It really feels like an old Selmer.