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Landscape AR-1 (Early Model) Japanese Hand Carved Archtop

Used – Very Good
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Hello and thanks for looking.

I’m selling this on behalf of my father in law. This is a Landscape, a Japanese handbuilt guitar. Perry Hughus has a signature model of this guitar, please check out some YouTube of him playing it. The AR-1 is beautiful to look at and listen to. 

This is a very sweet jazz acoustic/electric. As you will notice, the construction incorporates violin making styles. Very unique and rare. 

Build quality is top notch and meticulous, as you would expect from a Japanese luthier. 

It has light play wear, but it does have a some normal light nicks and dings. I photographed them so please refer to the photos for cosmetic condition.

If I remember correctly, these are currently strung with La Bella Jazz Flats (or Thomastik-Infeld, I apologize I do not remember clearly.

Will come in a plush gig bag.

Thank you again and please feel free to contact me for any questions!

Here are some specs I found on the web:

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11 1/6" Body depth: 3 5/8"

Materials: Solid carved parallel-braced bookmatched spruce top; solid carved flame maple back and sides; solid one-piece maple neck; solid ebony fingerboard with pearl dot inlays; bound body and headstock.

Hardware: All ebony hardware includes adjustable compensated bridge; contoured tailpiece; beveled pickguard, tone and volume knobs. Gold Gotoh sealed back tuners with ebony keys. Kent Armstrong Johnny Smith floating mini-humbucking pickup with endpin jack.

Notes: The historic town of Shiojiri is located in the Nagano prefecture of central Japan, and home to some of the most ancient ruins on the island. It's also home to the workshop of Toshi Owa, former head of R&D for the famed Matsumoku instrument factory, builder of many of Japan's most famous brands. His Landscape guitars are built in the classic violin tradition, crafted of all-solid tonewoods including carved spruce soundboards and highly figured maple bodies. Hand built in very limited batches, the guitars are built with cello-style rolled edges of the tops and backs, in the manner of the storied Wikanowski archtops of the prewar era.

Another distinctive feature of the AR-1 is its scale length, which at a nimble 24 3/4" is hard to find on a full-size 17" archtop, as well as a generous 3 5/8" body depth. Finally, the soundboards are parallel braced, like the Gibsons, Epiphones and D'Angelicos of the classic era, a technique that optimizes for clarity and projection. Build quality is comparable to the Sadowskys and other high end Japanese archtops, but the all-carved construction gives a much livelier acoustic tone: nicely bright and even, with fine articulation.

An outstanding value in a highly distinctive and rarely seen handbuilt instrument.

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Listed10 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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