This custom pre ban Brasilian Rosewood Concert size guitar built by Roy Noble in 1992 epitomizes the old world “single luthier” guitar. 

Everything on this guitar was built by Roy Noble in his shop, except the Grover Milk Bottle tuners and the bridge pins. Even the wooden spiral purfling around inside top edge and sound hole rosette is handmade by Mr Noble.

Roy made over 500 guitars during his lifetime, he stopped building guitars in about 2014 and sadly, he passed in early 2019.

Spruce top has special colored wood “spiral” purflings inside the binding. This handmade spiral purfling is quite beautiful and creates an optical illusion of a true spiraling “rope” of the colored woods. Brazilian RW peghead overlay shows Roy Noble’s Maple “slanted line” that he inset into many guitars over the years, as well as his “Maple with pearl overlay” truss-rod cover, with Noble logo in center. Ebony fingerboard has no inlays. Same colorful “spiral” wood marquetry in sound-hole rosette. Ebony bridge with boxed bone saddle.

All of the woods show great character of grain and color. This guitar has been very enjoyed for nearly three decades with almost no visible signs of wear.

Roy Noble guitars have a long history of studio recordings, with one of the most famous players being Clarence White, Clarence owned four and recorded exclusively after early 1968 with Roy Noble guitars.

This fine and powerful guitar is called a “custom” because it is fully bound. Peghead and fingerboard are bound with ivoroid celluloid, while the top and back are bound with Maple/Black/White bindings. Brasilian rosewood heel cap, end wedge . Brasilian rosewood peghead overlay with pearl truss rod cover with Noble name. Fossilized ivory nut. Radiused blank Ebony fingerboard. Typical dark side dots in Ivoroid binding on bass side of fingerboard. Master-grade Western red Cedar top

Here is a challenge for you:

1) Name all the handmade makers that use NO CnC machinery.

  * Using only hand building on hand built jigs of their own design.

2) Name all the hand builders using NO pre-cut parts from outside their shop

3) Name all the luthiers making 100% of their own wood bindings (including herringbone and his spiral)

4) Name all the luthiers who sold FOUR guitars to Clarence White

5) Name all the luthiers who have been building for FIFTY YEARS

The answer is... Roy Noble

If you have never played one of these fine guitars, you really should try one.

In my years in the music business I hold them in the highest regard for tone.

I studied lutherie under Roy in the mid 1960s thru early 1970s

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Excellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
Brand Roy Noble
Model Concert Custom
Finish Natural
Categories OM and Auditorium, Concert
Year 1992
Made In United States

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Michael L. - March 21, 2020

Excellent....the bass even came a day quicker ...all the way from Florida to Vegas.

John F. - February 27, 2020

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Paul R. - January 23, 2020

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Gregory B. - June 15, 2019

Speedy and full payment! Great customer!

Reverb M. - November 17, 2015

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