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1974 Humphrey Steel String Cutaway

1974 Humphrey Steel String Cutaway

Regular price $8,000.00 USD
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In 1974, Thomas Humphrey, later to gain a reputation for his innovative classical guitars, built a small number of steel string acoustics. This example is a concert size with an unusually deep body with a Florentine cutaway; featuring a European spruce top, the back, sides, fingerboard,
headplate and bridge are East Indian Rosewood. The lower bout is 14 1⁄2” and the upper is 10 7⁄8”, though the body shape resembles a small dreadnought shape, an atypical choice for a smaller design. The 4 3⁄4” body depth resembles a Nick Lucas Special, both in looks and in tone.

The guitar speaks with a deep clear voice with well developed overtones.
The top is X-braced with a small rosewood bridge plate. A three ring rosette surrounds the soundhole, with thin lines of ebony and boxwood on either side of wider rosewood strips. The thin strips of b1oxwood and ebony also alternate in a four ply purfling edged with rosewood binding on the top. The back is similarly bound with a rosewood heel cap joining the ends of the binding.

The neck is mahogany with a comfortable “D” profile. The nut width is 1 3/4” and the fingerboard has a shallow 20” radius and a long 25 1⁄2” scale length. Side dot markers appear at positions 5,7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21. A single action truss rod is covered at the base of the headplate with a celluloid cap. There is a relief carved fleur de lis on the back of the headstock.

The interior label is signed and dated and the underside of the top is signed and dated on the bass side upper bout. There are some carefully executed repairs under the upper bout. Two finger braces were added between the front legs of the x-brace and the transverse brace and a
cleat was added to seal a crack underneath the fingerboard extension.

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