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Sadowsky Jim Hall Signature Model Archtop

Fan of Jim Hall’s? Thought so. Then you’ve probably seen and heard his beautiful reddish-orange D’Aquisto New Yorker Special. Roger Sadowsky’s new Jim Hall model, built to Hall’s specifications, emulates (but does not replicate) the look and sound of the original, at a nonstratospheric cost ($3,895 with hard case). It is being built in Sadowsky’s Tokyo workshop under the supervision of master builder Yoshi Kikuchi.

The first thing one notices about the guitar is its lightweight construction and compact feel. You could call it “little jazz.” The body is 16 inches, the side depth 2.25 inches. The neck, 24.75 inches with a 1.75-inch nut width, is delightfully smooth and easy-playing. I’d prefer a grainier finish on the back of the neck, but as is, the lacquer is not at all sticky or uncomfortable. In short, the guitar fits the human body-at least mine-like a glove. It has plenty of beef for the bandstand, but its nonbulky design makes it easy to yank out of the case for casual, unplugged use.

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