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Our Notes: The previous owner of the guitar installed an LR Baggs Pickup, removed the frets, filled the fret slots with woodfiller, and sanded the neck smooth to turn this piece into a fretless classical acoustic-electric guitar. The sound it creates is wholly unique, like a mix of a classical guitar, fretless bass, cello, and slide guitar. Perfect for when you need a nice warm and smooth tone in your arsenal. The body, neck, and headstock are all in excellent condition. There are only a few light scratches and dings on the body.
The La Patrie Concert Classical Guitar has a solid cedar top and solid mahogany back and sides. Also features mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard, rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, gold "lyra" style tuners with pearloid buttons, and semi-gloss satin finish. The Concert guitar is La Patrie's top-of-the-line of the mahogany/cedar models. The Concert receives eight coats of lacquer that are buffed down to a highly responsive high gloss finish. This special process takes eight days to complete.
All LaPatrie guitars feature solid cedar tops. The wood used in these tops can be found only in cedar trees that have an average age of about 800 years. The tight, straight grain in this wood makes it strong in the direction of the string tension while at the same time flexible across the grain lines. It is this combination of rigidity and flexibility that give the guitar top its resonance. The vibration of the guitar top is the most crucial element of its sound.
LaPatrie guitars are finished with a special lacquer formula. This finish is light enough to allow the wood to breath and vibrate freely. The tops resonating capacity actually improves as the guitar is played over an extended period of time. This gradual improvement in the response of the top is often referred to as "aging". Poly finishes inhibit top vibration and are therefore never used on LaPatrie guitars. Many other guitars use a thick plastic finish that smothers top vibration and prevents the benefits of aging.
Classical guitars of the past have typically been made with thick neck dimensions, while this promoted a certain amount of neck stability, it often made certain playing aspects difficult to execute. It is for this reason that special attention was directed to the neck design of the LaPatrie guitars. Neck width and string spacing conform to classical standards, but a new truss rod system allows the profile of the neck to be reduced producing a neck of extraordinary comfort, while increasing stability. The LaPatrie necks are carved from Honduras mahogany. All LaPatrie models feature a rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
|TOP WOOD||Solid Cedar|
|BACK & SIDES||Solid mahogany|
|ELECTRONICS||LR Baggs Pickup|
|NUMBER OF FRETS||Fretless|
|TUNING MACHINES||Gold "lyra" style w/ pearloid buttons|
|BRIDGE||Rosewood w/ compensated saddle|
|NUMBER OF STRINGS||6|
|SPECIAL FEATURES||Fretless Classical Guitar|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||Hand Made in Canada|