Ajut un prieten sa vanda aceasta chitara. Este foarte rara, fabricata in 2004 sau 2005, dar arata ca noua pentru ca si este. A fost achizitionata nou-nouta si pastrata ca piesa de colectie, nu s-a cantat niciodata live cu ea. Pun mai jos descriere in limba engleza:
Martin CF-1 Archtop Jazz guitar
Player Style: Fingerstyle of picked jazz
Recommended Venues: Studio, live
Body Size: Archtop orchestra model with 3-inch thick body
Body Material: Laminated Flame maple back, solid Flame maple sides, laminated Alpine spruce top, Flame maple neck
Scale Length: 24.9 inches
Electronics: One floating Kent Armstrong mini-jazz pickup
Special Features: Solid ebony pickguard, tailpiece and bridge
As I play this Martin's premium jazz guitar, the CF-1, the words “simplicity” and “irresistible” come to mind.
As I look at it, there is a simplicity of design that is rare in today’s guitars. No fancy inlays or bindings — just a very well-turned joint between top, sides and back. Really striking is the absence of fingerboard inlays – just side dots. The ebony bridge, tailpiece and pickguard are elegantly simple, and the ebony buttons on the Gotoh tuning machines make them virtually disappear.
The irresistibility came when I played it and found that CF-1’s sound and playability are tailor-made for real professional players.
The CF-1 was Martin’s first archtop jazz guitar in many years. Designed for Martin by luthier Dale Unger and produced at the Martin factory in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, it retailed for a reasonable $4,200. The CF-1 were available with a natural blonde finish or in sunburst and features a laminated Alpine spruce top; the back is constructed of laminated flamed maple and the sides are solid maple.
The very comfortable U-shaped mahogany set-in neck features a 1-3/4-inch fingerboard width at the nut and a 2-1/8-inch width at the 12th fret. With a 3-inch body depth body and 14 frets in the clear, players are completely at home with this jazz guitar. Other features include solid black ebony heel cap, solid ebony pick guard, and floating solid ebony bridge. The tailpiece is also solid ebony.
To minimize the effect on acoustic tone, the Kent Armstrong floating pickup is attached to the neck; it does not touch the top. The wires from the pickup go straight to the volume pot and the end-jack, where the cable is plugged in. There is only one control: the pick guard-mounted volume. Any tone tweaks have to be done via the amp or an outboard preamplifier.
When I first saw this guitar, I was totally impressed. I have played a few jazz guitars, solid wood and otherwise, and this Martin ranks up there with the best. Although the top is laminated, the tone is clear and vibrant with tremendous projection.
The electric tone was detailed, friendly and familiar. The familiarity comes from frequent listening of guitars with the Kent Armstrong floating pickup. They have a warm, balanced tone that is ideal for almost any jazz style. Kent has been the “go to” guy for several unusual pickup requests from jazz players in the past and has kept his standards high with this guitar as well.
In concert hall settings, the CF-1’s reliable intonation all the way up the neck is a rarity for a jazz guitar (or most any unmodified guitar). I also noticed that the acoustic sound is very rich. All in all, the guitar performs beautifully. The Martin CF-1 is a great studio guitar also.
The Martin CF-1 is one amazing jazz guitar. Whether you are a journeyman or an expert, the live or recording tone, easy playability and hand-build quality make this made-in-U.S.A. Martin quite a bargain.
It is in mint state, entirely original, it sat in it's original case for the past 15 years, only played in a private studio for about 20 hrs in it's entire existence. It was purchased new, as a collection piece, hence it was cherished and very well looked after during usage.