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South African luthier Murray Kuun has introduced his new Archangel nylon string archtop guitar. It features a hand-carved arched spruce top and arched cherry back, hand-polished patina -- all reminiscent of the craftsmanship exemplified by a fine violin.
Archangel also features a slightly radiused fingerboard, Stradivari-type f-holes, a sound-port and high quality tuning machines to make it a pleasure for either classical, jazz or fingerstyle players to play.
The instrument can be custom ordered in a wide variety of tonewoods and finishes. This original guitar has:
a spruce soundboard
sustainable cherry back and sides
Indian rosewood fingerboard on a cherry neck
trimmings in curly maple and African "pinkwood"
a 650mm scale, typical of most good classicals
Swiss-made Schertler tuning machines
Professional jazz and classical players will find the instrument very responsive, resonant-sounding with excellent sustain. The Archangel is able to fill small and medium sized club rooms with a beautifully balanced tone but can also be ordered with a high quality, natural sounding pickup system for concerts in bigger concert halls and clubs. Archangels currently carry a suggested price of US$5990- with cut-away and $5490- without cut-away - final price is dependent on the location, currency exchange rate and final specifications decided on by the client