(USED) Those who watch our website closely know that we adore Kevin Kopp’s guitars. For our money, no one else does so well capturing the spirit, sound and feel of classic Gibby flattops. They are consistently amazing, yet we always smile when we strum that first chord on a Kopp… a delightful familiarity washes over us, and we feel like we’re home.
Here is a stellar example that we’ve had the pleasure of representing before: a K-35 with Kevin’s beautiful hand-rubbed sunburst atop an Adirondack spruce soundboard and exceedingly rare Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Whoah!
Initially, we expected this one to be a monster of a guitar… but while it doesn’t want for presence, it is far from the loudest guitar in the world, owed in some part to the lower string tension and short scale length… rather, it has a warm, complex sound, with a dry, woody tone that we don’t normally hear in rosewood guitars. It’s quite percussive, with the classic Kalamazoo “thump” that we know and love in slope shouldered dreads and jumbos. It loves the blues and fingerpicks with the best of them, and when strummed it has a distinctive voice with great note separation.
So this guitar, charming in every way and rare as all get-out, has a nut width of 1 3/4″ and string spacing at the saddle measuring 2 1/4″. As stated, it is a short scale, just about 24 5/8″. It has ivoroid body binding and Waverly tuners with ivoroid knobs. Bone nut, saddle and bridge pins. It has an extremely thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The condition is excellent, with one small ding on the back of the neck behind the third fret, and another on the back between the shoulders. There are a few bookmatched areas of sunken finish on the back, about 1/16″-1/8″ each, probably due to oil or mineral deposits in the wood. There is a small amount of fret wear under the high strings in the first position. The Braz is quite dark in color and proved hard to photograph, and has subtle figuring throughout.
ON CONSIGNMENT, NO TRADE OFFERS PLEASE!
Serial #0619210 (2010)
AMW Price: $6,950