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This is a rare Masterbuilt Flaxwood CC-H-CC Charlie Christian jazz guitar built from NFC containing spruce fibre with a polymer binding agent. Designed by Rick Nelson in Finland. Undo the five Allen key bolts and pull this recessed backplate off and you can see the virtually hollow-style moulding, with an H-shaped centre block and five protruding lugs.
"In fine-tuning the tone, our luthiers came to a resonator-style solution to optimising its sound. The backplate of the Flaxwood was designed to enhance both the amplified and unplugged sound of the guitar," says Flaxwood.While the body is finished in an attractive dappled brown sunburst, the moulded, glued-in neck has a satin black finish that you can just see the raw 'grain' of the Flaxwood material through.The cream bound fingerboard looks like ebony, though it's actually Flaxwood too. The neck feels slightly asymmetrical with a steeper shoulder on the bass-side, a little more sloping on the treble.It's an extremely comfortable, nicely mainstream, 42.9mm in width at the nut, 20.4mm deep at the first fret and 22.8mm at the 12th. With a Gibson-like 305mm (12-inch) 'board radius and a Fender-like 648mm (25.5- inch) scale it feels neither one nor the other.
Each of the medium jumbo frets (approx 2.39mm wide x 1.28mm high) is beautifully finished and installed over the binding that's nicely rounded at the edges: careful, classic luthiery for sure.Flaxwood guitars are fitted with a 'self-lubricating' Tune-X Tuning System nut (a system developed exclusively for Flaxwood), a 'shelf' nut whose forward edge sits over the fingerboard, shortening the distance between it and the first fret (it's angled closer to the first fret on the bass-side) and aims to improve lower fret intonation.Like the fretwork it's faultlessly shaped. The back-angled headstock is designed so the strings travel over the nut in a pretty much straight line to the tuners; it creates a relatively small, modern-looking headstock well in keeping with the vibe of the guitar.
At the bridge we have a Seymour Duncan Vintage P-90 and at the neck a 'PCC-90 Candy Bar' - which looks like a cross between a P-90 and the earlier Charlie Christian-style Gibson pickup - designed by Flaxwood's master luthier Veijo Rautia with three blade polepieces and a distinct faux tortoiseshell faceplate that neatly matches the old-school pickguard.These pickups are controlled by a three-way lever selector, master volume (with capacitor and resistor treble bleed network) and master tone controls. The knobs are designed to look like plain black Strat knobs, with a ribbed rubber top for easy adjustment and clear white dot markers for quick visual ID.The Flaxwood has adjustable truss rods, which means that, unlike on some graphite-necked instruments, you can tweak your set-up to add or remove neck relief to your taste. At $3986.00 it is a great buy and represents great value. It comes in a de luxe Hiscox case.
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Under the conditions outlined in the Distance Selling Regulations, Niche Guitars operates a 7 day returns policy, which allows UK and EU customers to return the item within 7 days from the receipt of the same for a refund. If you wish to return the item please notify us within 48hrs of delivery.
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