UK based luthier Ralph Bown has gained a well deserved reputation as one of the finest luthiers the world, making some of the finest pre-war style flat tops and folk instruments over the last 40 years. Taking inspiration from some of the most renowned acoustic guitar models from Martin, Oscar Schmidt and other such makers, Bown guitars encapsulate the magic of the guitars used on those early blues and folk recordings, with a level of craftsmanship and attention to details that is second to none. This 2008 Bown Stella Grand Concert 12 String is a fantastic example of his work, and one of only 4 instruments produced in this style.
Based on the larger Stella Grand Concert body shape used by blues guitarists like Blind Willie McTell, this Bown 12 String has an incredible sound, with a volume and presence unlike any other 12 String we have heard, all the while retaining an amazing amount of clarity across the frequency range, with sparkling highs and a focused midrange. Featuring a Sitka Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides, the guitar features period correct ladder bracing and a longer 26.5" scale length. The neck features a comfortable vintage style shallow 'V' profile, with pearloid dot fret markers and Waverley six on a plate tuners. Others features include beautifully hand inlaid herringbone binding and rosette, vintage style pyramid bridge and a resonator style tailpiece. This guitar also includes a Blake Guitar Solutions 'Chicago' deluxe soft case.
This guitar has been given a full service & appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.