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Paquet Esperanto 18 Archtop Guitar Cedar, 2018

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Built in Montreal, the Paquet Esperanto 18 Archtop guitar is a full size, hand carved top and back model with large soundholes in the upper bouts and a Kent Armstrong pickup.

The Paquet Esperanto 18 X-braced top is carved Cedar and the guitar is built to allow the top unrestricted vibration. The soft Maple used for the sides, back and neck are from one tree and have been curing since 1998. The sides are double walled, Maple and Pine, with a thickness reaching nearly 1/2 inch, providing stiffness and support for the top and back. The neck and sides are connected in the Spanish style, most often found on Classical and Flamenco guitars. The sides fit into slots on the sides of the heel, bringing them together in one tight unit. There is no dovetail joint, as is ‘traditional’ on archtop guitars.

Wenge is used for the fingerboard, pickguard, headstock overlay and backstrap, with the tailpiece being a mix of Wenge and Maple. 

The bridge used is an interesting D’Aquisto design, with height adjustment provided by a wedge. This delivers direct transmission of string vibration through the bridge to the top.

For electronics, a gold plated Kent Armstrong pickup is mounted to the fingerboard tag, with the controls on the pickguard. The output jack is at the tail block.  Tuners are gold-plated Grover Sta-Tite open gear models. 

This is a new guitar, with limited warranty to the original purchaser provided the registration card is mailed within 14 days of purchase. The original hardshell case by TKL is included.

Steve Paquet has been playing, teaching, repairing and building guitars for decades in the Montreal area. He also performs and records.

Price: $3999.99 CAD
  • Model: Esperanto 18
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 1801
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 11/12/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.14lbs 3.7kg
  • Scale Length: 647.6mm 25.5in
  • Nut Width: 44.45mm 1.75in
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