A new old-stock guitar built for Healdsburg by the late Michael Hemken of Saint Helena, CA. Michael's goal was building archtops with rich, resonant voices that excelled as standard jazz boxes and as fingerstyle instruments, a goal that is seldom achieved in the modern archtop world. This one is out of Sapele or Mahogany and spruce, has a floating pickup installed with its volume control mounted in the hand carved ebony pickguard. It is a full 17" non-cutaway with a wide and thin classical-like neck with 1 ⅞" nut and 2 ⅛" at the bridge, done to keep the width of the neck more consistant for it's whole length and also making this box a unique, perfect match for classical style players looking for an archtop. The peghead veneer is bird's-eye maple to match the bindings. I've been getting a lot of enjoyment playing this guitar, getting a full, complete tone just using bare fingers. With a pick it is nothing short of amazing.