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Model :

The Soloist

Body Style :

Orchestra Model

The Soloist 30th Commemorative Limited Edition

Overview:

The Soloist 30th Commemorative LE
Year: 2017

Bearclaw German Spruce Top
Premium Cocobolo Back and Sides
with Soloist accents

Limited Edition of 12. Signed and Numbered by Dana Bourgeois and Eric Schoenberg.


30 years ago, Dana Bourgeois and Eric Schoenberg collaborated to develop and introduce the first cutaway OM. At the time, Schoenberg was dreaming of the perfect fingerstyle guitar, incorporating all of the best elements of vintage OMs and a variety modern appointments including the addition of a Selmer-style cutaway. After Bourgeois' initial attempts at building such a hybrid resulted in the loss of several Brazilian rosewood sides, a rounder, softer cutaway was adopted, and a classic was born

Since the early 1990s, Bourgeois and Schoenberg have continued to produce different interpretations of The Soloist under their separate logos. In that time, the “soft-cutaway” originally introduced on The Soloist has now become a familiar sight on a variety of guitar models from many different manufacturers. In fact, it is now hard to believe that a cutaway flattop was once a rare thing!

Anticipating demand for cutaway OMs that Bourgeois' small shop could not at that time address, Schoenberg and Bourgeois partnered with C. F. Martin to produce the original "Schoenberg Soloist", the first-ever production cutaway OM and the first cutaway acoustics ever produced by Martin. Under the original arrangement, Bourgeois provided critical materials and parts and also hand-voiced Soloist tops and backs at the Martin factory, while Martin executed most of the production, and Eric Schoenberg handled sales and marketing. For the complete story of the Soloist, please visit our informative history here.

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30th Commemorative Limited Edition

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Soloist, we’ve partnered once again with Eric Schoenberg to produce a limited run of 12 instruments. Each instrument will bear a commemorative label signed by both Eric and Dana, just as the originals did. For this series we’ve paired two very special tonewoods; Premium Cocobolo and Bearclaw German Spruce. Both are the finest examples of their species and rare in this grade! The elegant “Soloist” triangle inlay not only adorns the heel as it has traditionally, but it has also been added to both sides of the pyramid bridge as a finishing touch.

Retail $8,820. See below for availablity

Specifications

Top Wood Bear Claw German
Back/Sides Cocobolo
Rosette Wood
Backstrip DB
Buttwedge Body Wood
Body Binding Ziricote
Purfling Soloist with Back and Sides
Neck Square OM 14 Fret
Head Veneer Ziricote
Head Binding None
Fretboard 14 Fret Ebony
Fretboard Inlay Bone Squares & Diamonds - Short
Fretboard Binding Ziricote
Heelcap Body wood/Triangle Inlay
Tuners Waverly Gold with Ebony Buttons
Bridge Ebony Pyramid with Triangle Inlays
Pins Fossil - Black Dot
Top Color Natural
Additional Cutaway
Nut Width 1 3/4”
Scale Length 25”
Bridge Spacing 2 5/16
Upper Bout Width 11 1/4”
Waist 9 1/8”
Lower Bout Width 15 1/16”
Body Length 19 5/16”
Depth at Neck 3 5/16”
Depth at Tail-Black 4 3/16”
Total Length 39 9/16”

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