NGD Victor Baker archtop

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  1. gitman

    gitman Member

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    ordered in june, delivered in october : a 17" archtop by NYC luthier Victor Baker. i wanted a plywood-top archtop with a built-in pickup for gigging and went with Victor because i like his aesthetics and the fact that he is a gigging musician as well as a luthier with a good 10 years experience. he knows what counts on stage ...
    the guitar has a 3-ply maple top and back (he makes his own plates), solid maple sides and neck, ebony appointments, all maple binding. the sides are 2,5" so just a little more than on a Gibson Byrdland. this makes for a comfortable guitar despite the large 17" body width.
    the guitar has surprising acoustic volume, very nice balance and articulation and the Armstrong PAF translates this into a fat, balanced and warm electric tone- just what i wanted. strung with 013 - 054 Thomastik flatwounds it is very playable, both fingerstyle and with a pick. i will throw out the thumbwheel controls though because after 3 gigs with this instrument i now know that top-mounted controls are much more suitable for me. Victor got the color exactly right from the samples i sent him and the wavy grain of the maple has great depth - the second pic shows the color a little more accurately. my cost including shipping was just under 4 grand and i think that is a
    good and totally acceptable price for a custom made archtop.
    a carved top guitar with these features would cost 2 to 3 thousand more and would not necessarily give me the tone i want. i'm pleased with it and can only encourage others who are looking for a similar type of instrument to contact Victor.
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  2. amc

    amc Member

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    what a beautiful instrument!
     
  3. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    gorgeous, congrats!
     
  4. mwhy

    mwhy Supporting Member

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    Very nice! Enjoy the guitar.
     
  5. snarkle

    snarkle Silver Supporting Member

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    That's rather gorgeous.
     
  6. jamess

    jamess Silver Supporting Member

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    What a classic yet modern look! I love it.
     
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    pinner Silver Supporting Member

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    Freakin beautiful. Congrats and enjoy!!!!
     
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    I have one myself. Fantastic guitars.
     
  11. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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  12. dasjazzchi

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    Hi, Do you still have this guitar? Does it have a sound block, or is it fully hollow?

    thanks
     
  13. mcuguitar

    mcuguitar Gold Supporting Member

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    Victor Baker is one serious luthier. Beautiful guitar you have right there!
     
  14. GuitarsFromMars

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    This is the second build I have seen by this luthier. Excellent.
     
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    Nice

    Did you post this at jazzguitar.be?

    It will go over well over there.

    :banana
     
  16. scmavl

    scmavl Enjoyer Silver Supporting Member

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    I have neither the need nor skills for a guitar like that, but I sure would love to give it a play. Gorgeous!
     
  17. gitman

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    I still own this and it's my main gigging guitar for my solo and small group work. My Super-400 CES and my Andersen Streamline (a fully hollow solid wood archtop with a floating pu) are also yery fine guitars but
    on stage the Baker sounds and plays soooo smooth ....
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  18. LIONEL69

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    any clips !!! that's really a nice guitar man !!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  19. Inoshishi

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    That is a beautiful guitar!
     

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