The guitar is loaded with Lollar Imperial humbuckers and Gotoh tuners.

Woodstock, NY (September 18, 2015) -- Long before Columbus discovered America, giant redwood trees were growing in northern California. These same old growth trees were cut down in the early 20th century and the timbers made their way to the rooftops of New York City as lumber used to build water tanks. During their next 70 (or more) years these tanks were witness to the phenomenal growth of one of America's great cities and the development of blues, jazz, country music and their bastard child, rock and roll.

New York’s pure mountain water filled these tanks and permeated the wood, washing out any residual resin from the cells of the wood thereby improving the resonance of the material after drying. Now this wood is ready to help create probably the most unique guitars ever offered to musicians in the US. Carefully crafted in the Spector workshop near Woodstock NY, the Kenmare semi-hollow body guitar's top is carved inside and out to a shape that evokes the timeless traditions of New York's music scene. The natural color of redwood and amazingly warm yet articulated sound born out of this ancient wood amplify this triumph of craftsmanship and elegance.

$4299 MSRP

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Equipped with noise reduction and noise gate modes, the Integrated Gate has a signal monitoring function that constantly monitors the input signal.

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Luthier Maegen Wells recalls the moment she fell in love with the archtop and how it changed her world.

The archtop guitar is one of the greatest loves of my life, and over time it’s become clear that our tale is perhaps an unlikely one. I showed up late to the archtop party, and it took a while to realize our pairing was atypical. I had no idea that I had fallen head-over-heels in love with everything about what’s commonly perceived as a “jazz guitar.” No clue whatsoever. And, to be honest, I kind of miss those days. But one can only hear the question, “Why do you want to build jazz guitars if you don’t play jazz?” so many times before starting to wonder what the hell everyone’s talking about.

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A modern take on Fullerton shapes and a blend of Fender and Gibson attributes strikes a sweet middle ground.

A stylish alternative to classic Fender profiles that delivers sonic versatility. Great playability.

Split-coil sounds are a little on the thin side. Be sure to place it on the stand carefully!

$1,149

Fender Player Plus Meteora HH
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After many decades of sticking with flagship body shapes, Fender spent the last several years getting more playful via their Parallel Universe collection. The Meteora, however, is one of the more significant departures from those vintage profiles. The offset, more-angular profile was created by Fender designer Josh Hurst and first saw light of day as part of the Parallel Universe Collection in 2018. Since then, it has headed in both upscale and affordable directions within the Fender lineup—reaching the heights of master-built Custom Shop quality in the hands of Ron Thorn, and now in this much more egalitarian guise as the Player Plus Meteora HH.

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