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The Californian Archtop Guitar

Modern design and West Coast tonewoods blend together to make The Californian a new modern-classic archtop guitar.  Described by one player -- "This guitar has Charlie Christian tone and Farrari style exploding together in your hands!"

The prototype of The Californian archtop guitar was purchased by George Gruhn for his personal collection.  He noted at the time of purchase, as he played a two-finger version of The Wildwood Flower, "This guitar does have a very special combination of old and new traits which are quite unique and appropriate for the music that I like to play."


  • Master-grade Sitka Spruce or Curly Redwood top with parallel tone bars

  • Curly Claro Walnut or Curly Maple back, sides and neck

  • Ebony fingerboard, peghead overlays, and pickguard

  • Sleek Abalone inlay

  • 12" radiused fingerboard with Gold EVO medium frets

  • Custom Sorensen "Killer" tailpiece

  • Rubner deluxe tuners

  • Beautiful finish enhanced by a hand-applied oil varnish and shellac French Polish finish

  • Shaped Superior archtop guitar case

  Custom builds of The Californian archtop guitar start at -- $16,800

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