Description: Acoustic Guitar - 8-string guitar by Darren Hippner
Description: Darren Hippner, October 2005.__He made this one with Englemann spruce/E. Indian back and sides, I loved the Englemann sound so much I ordered one with Brazilian rosewood. I have another Hippner of Swiss spruce/Braz, and just got a Sitka spruce/Birds Eye Maple.
This one is lattice-braced guitar, however, no synthetic materials; based on Paul Fischer's lattice type. Very rich in tone, somewhat lute-like, excellent volume, very balanced. Excellent projection. Two more strings in the bass: A-D-E-A-D-G-B-E.
2 Ruck style soundports in the sides near the neck (soundholes about an 1" in diameter); more volume for player.
Woods - Soundboard: Englemann spruce/California/1982 - Back and sides, bridge: Old growth E. Indian rosewood - Neck: Spanish cedar - Fretboard: Ceylonese ebony
Tuning gears: Gilbert tuning machines.
Top - French polished, Back and Sides - lacquer.
Specs: 1) String length - 652mm 2) Width/nut - 66mm 3) Width/12th fret - 75mm 4) Neck thickness: (24" radius fretboard) 1st fret - 19.5mm, 3rd fret - 20.3mm, 7th fret - 21.5mm 5) Lower bout - 102mm 6)1-6 spacing at saddle - 54.5mm 7) 1-6 string spacing at nut - 42mm
8) 20th fret
Saddle - Wooly Mammoth ivory. Saddle scalloped on the top. Nut - bone. Nut and saddle 7th and 8th strings spaced closer than 1-6.
Action: 3mm - 1st string 12th fret, 4mm 6th. 7th and 8th strings are higher proportionally than 1-6, no buzzing.
I use internal electronics. I have removed them. There is a 1/2" hole for the jack at bottom of guitar. If you use internal elecs I'll leave it open, if not, I will glue in ebony endpin (from LMI) to seal hole.
Very good condition, No cracks. Light nail scratching near the soundhole and back and sides but not much. There is a small strip on back of neck around 3rd fret about 5.5cm long/1mm wide that is white, mineral deposits, happens in Spanish cedar sometimes, you can't feel it, only see it up close if you are looking at the neck; not a structural defect.
$2800, firm. Great price for this quality. Hippner, American builder from WA State, is known for high quality and low prices. He recently doubled his base price from $2k to $4k. Same guitar would now be $4700.
Comes with Guardian feather weight weather proofed case.