$ SORRY SOLD! SN 508: Rudi Blazer and Willi Henkes hand build fine instruments in the small German city of Tubingen. The design and workmanship based is informed by their love of vintage instruments and their extensive collection of guitars from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. They use hide glue, nitrocellulose finish, and very light and high quality tone woods.
The quality is unsurpassed. The result is an authentic recreation that produces much of the same volume and dynamics you’d expect from, in this case, a prewar Martin D-18. This one is the Phoenix model, their dreadnought, with vintage Martin style 18 appointments. I’ve compared it to a 1936 D-18 and it is a meticulously faithful reproduction.
Beautiful Alpine spruce top that was specifically selected, cut, cured and made ready by Blazer and Henkes. Gorgeous mahogany back, sides, and neck. The bracing is quite consistent with the ’36 – forward X with hand scalloped bracing and tone bars, and thin maple bridge plate correctly tucked under the X-brace. The simple 18-style purfling in black and white and faux tortoise binding provide the detail for the top and sides. The belly bridge is forgery quality and the 30s-style pickguard is appropriately applied before the finish.
The only deviation from the vintage design is the Blazer & Henkes engraved pearl logo on the rosewood headstock veneer. The neck has, of course, the 1 ¾” nut, the wide string spacing at the bridge, and the dreadnought scale length. It’s beautifully set up and inspiring to play. This instrument was purchased new just last year from Mass Street Music and circumstances have made a sale necessary.
Though the owner enjoyed playing it, he has a very precise touch and the condition is absolutely dead mint. Price includes the original good quality hardshell case. These instruments are highly sought after and rarely come up for sale new let alone second hand. To find out more about this excellent builder, please visit their web site (http://www.antique-acoustics.de/) and see the charming interview with Rudi Blazer in Fretboard Journal