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G. W. Barry Maple 12 String Guitar – 2017

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Today we are featuring a recently commissioned piece, a custom maple bodied 12 string, from the workshop of G.W. Barry.

Seeking a broader sonic palette to add to his bands sound, this customer approached Mr. Barry to discuss the select features necessary to achieve his twelve string vision.

Twelve strings can be a little overwhelming in size and balance so,a twelve fret to body joint and shorter scale was decided upon to create both a less cumbersome instrument and one that would be lush and chimey in tonality. Moving the bridge to a more central position in the lower bout adds mid-range which helps to de-clutter things sonically. The use of Big Leaf figured Maple for the back and sides seems to tame ( in a good way) the top end…while the use of a Bearclaw Sitka top and rosewood bridge plate assures a good amount of overtones. The addition of a soundport not only allows the player better “monitoring” but also adds to the overall tonal spectrum.

Cosmetically, a spalted Maple and Abalone rosette are complimented by a matching headstock veneer and floating back-strip detail. Tasmanian tiger myrtle binding frame the highly figured Maple and Bearclaw top. A ‘curvy’ monogram at the 9th fret shows the owners initials.

With well over 30 years of experience as a builder of top flight acoustic guitars, G.W. Barry guitars is offering a unique and personalized approach to fine guitars — if it is time for your ‘dream’ guitar — be it however many strings!

Get in touch at: gwbarry@sympatico.ca

  • Model: Custom Maple 12 String
  • Year: 2017
  • Finish Clear Gloss Natural
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Built to Order during 2017 at the G W Barry shop in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 26/07/2017

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
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