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1988 Greg Smallman CD/CSAR

Year 1988
Top Cedar
Back & Sides CSA Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish Oil
Country Australia
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Description

This is a fine example of a classic Greg Smallman, very similar to the one John Williams has used for the recordings he made throughout the 1980's and 90's. These instruments are known for their great power and piano-like sustain. The heavily domed and very thick back gives the guitar a very rigid and stiff outer shell, forcing all the vibration to the soundboard, which is thinly built and reinforced internally not with any kind of traditional fan system but rather with a unique and intricate lattice system of balsa wood (re-enforced with carbon fiber) with pieces of Blu-Tak attached to various spots to "tune" the top. Smallman’s instruments have been played for years not just by John Williams, but also by several other concert artists, including Xufei Yang, Ben Verdery, Nicola Hall, Carlos Bonnell and even Paul McCartney, among others. This guitar is in excellent condition with no damage or repairs, only the some modest signs of playing wear. There is an area of the top (lower bout, bass side) that has settled into the oval-shaped internal bracing leaving a darkened imprint where the fibers of the wood have come to rest. This cosmetic blemish has been factored into the pricing of the instrument. Also includes the custom wooden case as originally supplied by Smallman.

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1988 Greg Smallman CD/CSAR

Nemanja Bogunovic performs his composition "Midnight Serenade" on a 1988 Greg Smallman

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