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NEW Oskar Graf 16" Koa Archtop

World class luthier Oskar Graf has been building string instruments one at a time for the last 40 years. His guitars are continually the finest we encounter, both in craftsmanship and tone, and we are especially honored to present his latest Archtop for sale here at Folkway. Please visit to learn more about Oskar.

This 16" cut-away beauty is carved from highly figured Hawaiian Koa and master-grade Sitka spruce. Hand carved ebony bridge, tailpiece, and pickguard; matching curly Koa neck. Simple but tastefully appointed with mitered multiple purflings, multi-layered headstock overlays, brass-purfled headstock face, gold Schaller tuners, and pearl Graf logo. 25.2" scale, round C neck carve with a 1-3/4" bone nut. Hand polished high-gloss lacquer finish with a hint of amber tone. Kent Armstrong floating pickup, with pickguard mounted volume and tone controls. So much of the beauty of this guitar is in the details of Graf's masterwork -- the bevel to the F-holes edges, the shape of the cut away, the carve of the bridge and the brass string ground inlayed into the tailpiece. Every minute aspect of this guitar's design has been carefully planned and executed by one of the finest craftsmen of our time.

With the guitar in hands, the first thing you'll notice is how light the guitar feels. This light weight translates directly to warmth and resonance when the guitar is played, and this archtop has a fullness unique to this builder's instuments. Single note runs thoroughly fill the space around the player, while chord melodies inspire a slower pace and a little extra time to listen to the music being created. But if blazingly fast arpeggios are your thing, Graf's perfect fretwork and neck carve won't slow you down at all. A remarkable guitar in so many ways, prepare to fall quickly in love with this masterpiece.

On consignment by the luthier

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