Charlie Archtop Guitar

“Fine archtop guitars”

There are a lot of good archtop guitars around these days, more than ever before, but it can be difficult to tell them apart! Almost by chance, I came up with this new design – a “modern classic.”

The most popular model is the elliptical soundhole “Charlie” – with a shallow maple body, a carved European spruce top, and the long neck made of mahogany. This really is a superior semi acoustic jazz guitar.

If you’d like a fine handmade semi acoustic jazz guitar, and you want the best, get in touch through the contact form at the bottom of the page.

This design has so many benefits for the player – the sustain of an electric guitar coupled with the broad tonal range and resonance only possible from an acoustic instrument. Add to this great access to the upper frets, a compensated zero fret and saddle making for super accurate intonation over the whole fretboard.

This "long neck" design is a total rethink of how archtop guitars work, there is nothing quite like this around anywhere.
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  • Material

    Soundboard: Carved European spruce.

    Back and sides: carved maple, many upgrades available.

    Neck: New Guinea rosewood, mahogany or flame maple.

    Fretboard and bridge – Sri Lanka ebony or rocklite ebano.
  • Hardware

    Tuners - Gold Gotoh 510.

    Handmade lacquered brass neck hardware.

    Handwound alnico pickup.

    Paper in oil capacitor.

    Highly polished Evo Gold fretwire

    Nut and saddle - polished bone.
  • Dimensions

    max body width: 390mm
    body length: 490mm
    depth: 110mm
    nut: 44mm
    bridge spacing: 57mm
    scale: 630mm or custom