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Mark Kett Bubinga Dreadnought

Luthier Mark Kett trained under Sergei de Jonge and has earned a reputation as one of Canada's top young builders. A talented craftsman, Mark also does custom inlay work for some of the best known luthiers in the business - such as Linda Manzer, Dana Bourgeois, David Wren, and many others.

This player friendly fan-fretted Dreadnought served as Mark's personal guitar for over a year and is replete with details that you would find in a luthier's personal instrument: It features figured Bubinga back, sides and neck, sterling silver nut, fingerboard and rosette inlay line, Cocobolo bindings, and a French-polished top. The asymmetrical look of the fan frets acts as a theme which Mark has extended throughout the instrument - from the figured Cocobolo headstock overlay and bridge to a slanted neck heel cap that matches up with the 13th fret on the front side of the instrument. In addition, a pick guard and pre-catalyzed lacquer finish from Joe Yanuziello makes this instrument the product of more than one pair of capable hands.

Set-up in our shop, the guitar has a warm and punchy sound that translates well to both finger-style and a flat-picked attack. The guitar's 26" scale on the bass side and 25.4" scale on the treble side keeps the guitar feeling quite normal in the left hand, but allows dropped tunings to play cleanly and in tune. The fanned fretting begins at the first fret (rather than having a slanted nut as most Fanned-fret guitars do), which allows first position chording to feel perfectly natural to someone who's never played a fanned-fret guitar. 1-11/16" nut, low C neck carve, and low-profile heel make for a distinctly comfortable playing experience.

With hard shell case

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