Chris Larkin Parlour Guitar
- Dingle, Kerry
- 2 months ago
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A beautiful handmade guitar in perfect condition, made for me by Chris Larkin before he passed away.
I include the perfectly fitted case.
Neck: Laminate of quartersawn Irish fiddleback sycamore with Irish walnut stringers, scarf jointed at the headstock and bolted into the body. The headstock is faced with Irish maple. Two way acting trussrod built into the neck. The neck joins the body at fret 12.
Fingerboard: Selected Indian rosewood, micarta nut. 44mm wide at nut. Scale length is 628mm and radius is 16”. Dots of MOP on fingerboard face and white dot markers on side.
Machines: Schaller HG2, gold.
Frets: 18 Dunlop 6230. Medium high, medium width hard nickel silver.
Top: Bookmatched quartersawn, Engelman spruce, hand graduated, bound with sapele and mulitply veneers. Scalloped bracing is quartersawn sitka spruce. Tap tuned.
Back and Sides: Select quartersawn Irish maple with unusual colouring. The back is braced with yellow cedar. Binding is saplele.
Bridge: Custom made India rosewood with compensated micarta saddle.
Pickup: Highlander IP-1 under saddle piezo with Highlander audiophile preamp. The 9v battery is attached to the back inside the body. Plugging in a jack plug switches the circuitry on.
Finish: More than 12 coats of hand rubbed, silk AC lacquer.
Strings: Handmade, Newtone Masterclass, bronzewound, 12-52.
Comments: All woods specially selected for tonal quality and appearance. Handmade in Ireland throughout. This guitar is not designed for strings stronger than 12 gauge. The neck is held in place by two M6 bolts on the headblock (4mm hex key) and 2 screws which are under ebony dots at fret 18. The access to the trussrod adjustment (4mm hex key) is through the top cross brace from the soundhole. The solid rosette is mahogany.
Climatic Conditions and Guitars. This guitar was built at a relative humidity of 42% and controlled temperature. Fine guitars made from thin sheets of solid tone woods are affected by changes in humidity and major changes may cause damage. Do not subject this instrument to very dry (under 35%) or moist conditions (over 60%) or rapid changes of temperature.