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Fedor Fatovich was a luthier at Guild, starting in the 1960s, working with Carlo Greco.  At some point he started making guitars under his own name, making archtops, flattops, and electric guitars.  (I personally have two Les Paul sized hollowbody electric guitars made by him that are simply fantastic.)  This cutaway archtop is made in traditional acoustic archtop style with a carved, graduated spruce top, carved flamed-maple back and solid maple sides.  The neck is 5-ply maple with an ebony fingerboard.  The result is a very, very fine sounding acoustic archtop.  Additionally, the guitar has a Kent Armstrong handwound, ebony wood cased PAF+ floating pickup which is mounted to a dark, handmade rosewood pickguard and routed to a jack in the side.  This pickup lives up to Kent Armstrong's great reputation for floating pickups and sounds fantastic.  


The neck has a somewhat shallow C-shaped carve.  The fretwork is beautiful with all notes ringing out clearly at all positions.  The bridge has room to adjust either up or down as the player prefers.  The action is currently set up for optimized acoustic tone, but could easily be lowered for electric focused play.


The guitar is free of cracks, but does show rot of the outer layer of binding, often seen in guitars made in the New York area during this era.  This has no effect on playability.  The neck also appears to have been reset at some point, as can be seen by the wood under the over the body fingerboard extension.


Weight - 6.2 pounds

Nut width - 1.75 inches

1st fret depth - 0.83 inches

10th fret depth - 0.89 inches

Scale length - 25.5 inches


The guitar comes with a brand new hardshell case.


Ships free in the US and for very reasonable rates worldwide.23


SOLD - 1980s Fatovich 17" Acoustic Archtop with Handwound Kent Armstrong

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