Hello everyone -
My very special Dell'Arte D hole is up for sale for $2300.
It is a 2003 model which I bought from **** about a year ago. Alain said if I hadn't bought it, he might have kept it for himself. It is a special order Anouman, with solid maple back and sides featuring outrageous flame. What makes it particularly unusual is that it is a 14 fret D hole with short scale (640mm). If you have smallish hands or just like short scale guitars but crave more than 12 frets clear of the body, this might be the guitar for you.
The other unusual dimension is the lower bout at 16", broader than a Selmer but not as big as a Favino.
The reason I am selling is that I have just sent AJL the money to buy a Gypsy Fire that Denis Chang was using while waiting for his fabulous new guitar to come in.
The Dell'Arte seems to have been lightly played before I got it, because it shows very little sign of wear. There is a small ding on one edge of the headstock and some spots on the top where some scratches have been repaired and laquered over (you have to hold it at the right angle to see them). The sound is typical of a D hole, nice and open, not the loudest guitar in the room, but a very good tone nonetheless. A couple of pros played it last week at Django in June and liked it. I suspect it still has some opening up to do. It also has a passive Schatten pickup installed. If you don't like that, it can be easily and nondestructively removed.
Photos are below in a subsequent post.
"It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
-- Orson Welles