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2008 Sheldon Schwartz Pinnacle

Serial # 141. Easily the most meticulous Luthier we have ever encountered, Sheldon Schwartz raises the bar even higher with this guitar. The devil is in the details, they say, and there must be a room full of Lucifer over at Schwartz' Lorretto, Ontario shop. Examine:
The back's center-graft is actually inlaid into the inside of the back. The frets are each cut, sized, and finished before installing them in the fingerboard. The ends of each fret are meticulously shaped into perfect roundness and finish a millimeter in from the edge of the fingerboard… you will never feel the fret ends.
The top, back, and side braces are reinforced with carbon fiber. But only 12 Grams of it is used in the entire instrument! Lattice-style top bracing and pinless bridge, X-braced back, and Double-wall rosewood sides propel the sound out of the guitar. The "Arm rest" is formed by actually bending the spruce top, oblique to the grain orientation!
There are so many more ingenuities present in the design of this instrument, but what is more impressive is the masterful execution of these. Sheldon has elevated guitar construction to its theoretical human limit. Period.
And it works, I'm pleased to report. The Pinnacle might be the consummate fingersytle guitar -- responsive regardless of the strength of one's attack; balanced perfectly, and offering enough headroom for the most aggressive styles.
Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, ebony fingerboard. Figured walnut bindings, mitered purflings, double concentric ring rosette. 1-13/16" nut, 26" long scale. Satin-finished neck, headstock overlays to the front and rear, Gotoh 510 tuning machines.
With Hiscox hardshell case

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