1997 Ed Schaefer Custom Archtop-"The Loar"
A true work of art masterpiece from Ed Schaefer of Houston, TX. Built in 1997, this was built for Greg Rich who was the manager of the Gibson Custom Shop. The guitar was titled "The Loar" after Lloyd Loar of Gibson heritage. This piece was built is Ed's first shop in Fort Worth, TX. It was delivered to the NAMM show in 1998. Brian England did the inlay work. There are over 680 pieces of pearl and abalone. The binding shrunk over time so there are a couple of inserted pieces on the top and back binding. Otherwise the guitar is in excellent condition and a fine example of Ed's skills as an archtop builder.
Comes with an upgrade hardshell case and a notebook with photos and infor on the guitar and Ed Schaefer.
In 1995, Ed devoted himself fulltime to building archtop guitars, and there began Schaefer Guitars. He has built over 200 guitars and operated shops in Minnesota and Texas. Based in Austin, Texas, since 2007, Ed continues to build the finest guitars for celebrated players, including Houston jazz master Mike Nase, Texas Hill Country guitarist Big John Mills, and Noel Johnston, a professor of jazz guitar at the University of North Texas.
- 17 3/8” body - 1 11/16” nut - AA aged and seasoned Sitka Spruce carved top - AA aged and seasoned European flame maple back and sides - Single Venetian cutaway - 3” body depth - High gloss lacquer natural finish - Multiples of black and ivory perfling on body, neck, and f-holes - 3 piece neck with 2 Carbon Fiber diual action truss rods. - Solid ebony fingerboard, pickguard, and tailpiece - Abalone/pearl designs on the neck, headstock, pickguard and tailpiece - Burled wood front and back headstock and truss rod veneers - 25”, 22 fret fingerboard, C neck profile - Grover Gold tuners with Imperial Buttons - Includes custom hardshellcase
- Weight: 5 lb 11 oz