(NEW) We are psyched. It is a rare event (twice per year, on average) where we receive a new batch of guitars from Kevin Kopp... but even more rare that we get to present a "never been done", something that hasn't yet been available anywhere, and here we have such a guitar: Kevin's extraordinary take on the 17" super jumbo model, which he calls his K-200, in "Classic" appointments and with the new, super-thin, ultra cool relic'd finish! This thing smokes!
We'll hold in our excitement long enough to at least describe it to you: Torrefied Sitka spruce with beautiful medullary grain patterns, and making Kevin's world-famous hand-rubbed sunburst look even more impressive. Flamed maple back and sides, again, not suffering a bit in the looks department. The "Classic" package finds us awash in classy appointments including bound sound hole, inner purfling line on the top, bound fingerboard and pick guard. It's a bold cosmetics package, fit for such a big and bold guitar.
The K-200 is a short scale guitar, this one has a comfortable C neck with 1 3/4" nut width and 2 1/4" string spacing at the saddle. The rosewood fingerboard has large block inlays. The peghead has a custom art deco flourish, and the relic'd Waverly tuners tie together the presentation. Kevin's super-thin relic'd lacquer finish introduces subtle finish checking all over the body. Because the lacquer has had the surface tension broken, the guitar vibrates and sounds like a well-worn vintage guitar. And the sound of this guitar.... goodness. It's just outstanding. The super jumbo, though big, ain't always trying to sound "bad" and indeed this guitar has a sweetness and a richness to it that really hits the spot. Strummed or picked, it satisfies equally.
Will it last? Probably not. Is there a better super jumbo being made today? Again, we doubt it. The player who takes the plunge on this guitar is never going to look back.
AMW Price: $6,700
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