From the last year of TJ Thompson's involvement with the Schoenberg/C. F. Martin guitar models, this Brazilian rosewood Soloist Cutaway is 100% original, and has a remarkably clean history as well. Gryphon was a Schoenberg dealer at the time, and took delivery of this particular example in May of 1994 and sold it to a local customer barely a month later. After 14 years it came back to us, in pretty much new condition as the original owner played it for a couple of years and then it sat in an interior closet for over a decade (Bay Area interior closets are ideal places to store wooden instruments). We then sold it to one of Gryphon's A-list customers, who lives barely two miles from our store. We took lots of photos of the guitar during the brief while it was here, as Richard was already working with Dick Boak on the re-write of the Longworth book on C. F. Martin. As a result, this is the Schoenberg guitar pictured on page 244 of "Martin Guitars: A Technical Reference".
Fast forward another decade+ and this Soloist came back to Gryphon once again, and in essentially the same condition and for the same reasons. The collaborative venture between Schoenberg and Martin was drawing to a close when this Soloist was made, and TJ Thompson was doing a lot of the critical stages of the construction of Schoenberg models including joining, voicing, and bracing the tops.
stock no. 57624
|Model||Soloist Cutaway Brazilian|
|Back and sides||Brazilian rosewood|
|Frets to body||14|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Bridge spacing||2 5/16"|
|Inlay||diamonds & squares|
|Neck profile||very rounded V|
|Tuners||Kluson style by Gotoh|
|Bracing||scallped X pattern|