A rare 18" Seven-String, serial #1140, recorded in the builder's ledger as delivered on 6/18/80 and signed by Jimmy on both the top and back, with a date of May 6, 1980 on the top. This is one of only eight acoustic seven-strings made by Jimmy, in excellent condition. It came over from England to our shop, before which it's been dormant for the last six years and needs someone to wake it up. It's a natural finish cutaway and has what looks like a hand-made blade pickup attached to the pickguard. Nut width is two inches. The European maple is intensely flamed, top is either European or Engelmann spruce. Apparently those are the only spruces used by Jimmy, where as D'Angelico used Sitka and American maple.
This guitar hasn't been played much; the only condition issue is the effects of mild plastic degassing caused by it's being shut up in its case the last six years, mostly from the pickguard binding, which has cracked in a few spots, also causing the screws attaching the guard to the side of the neck to corrode. The peghead veneer has some cracking as well, causing an attractive patina. All parts appear to be original. The pickup sounds great, even with the bronze strings on it, the action (string height) is nice and low, the neck feels great; this is a guitar worthy to have been made by possibly the best American maker of archtops.