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Michael Keller "WowHaus" Guitar

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UNRESERVED. The "WowHaus" guitar is the "evil twin" of the "Bauhaus" guitar. Both instruments evolved as collaboration between master luthier Michael Keller and graphic designer Dave Bricker. This is one of very few instruments that show off Michael's ability to combine tradition with modernist design motifs and evolving trends in cutting-edge lutherie.

This custom guitar is built from the finest acoustic guitar woods in the world, including tight-grained old growth Engelmann spruce from northern British Columbia, air-dried for many years for the top. Lightweight and extremely stiff, this high-grade wood allows the energy from the strings to drive the top more efficiently, giving the guitar a full, articulate, well-balanced tone. African Blackwood for the back and sides give the guitar a bell-like quality with a brilliant response only found in the highest level custom guitars of the modern golden age of lutherie. Bindings of Bloodwood with bright red/blue/red purflings enhance the guitar's elegance. Moreover, the very finest quality ebony was used for the fingerboard and bridge. One of the more notable features are the fanned frets: this style of fretscale gives the strings a more balanced and even sound by increasing the tension on the strings in the lower register. (Many call this a multi-scale system.) Moving the sound holes to the sides gives the top more area to vibrate, resulting in a richer tone. Placement of the sound ports on the side also gives the player a remarkable experience, as now the sound of the guitar is heard directly by the guitarist as well as the audience. This astounding guitar, one of Michael Keller's finest, is a most pleasing and musical guitar to play, unlike any traditionally-constructed instrument most players have ever heard. This was designed as the ultimate solo concert instrument.


VG+; slight scratches on back

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Michael Keller "WowHaus" Guitar

Estimate $7,500 - $10,000Feb 27, 2016