2011 - November
Santos rosewood (also known as Pau Ferro - machaerium scleroxylon) with very attractive grain patterns and colours. The back is arched and braceless like so many of the Australian designs. Fine line purflings and bindings of jarrah(?) which has a speckled figuring like lacewood.
These guitars are finished in a lacquer, cut back then buffed to a high shine.
European spruce - an excellent, really silky top with a lot of medullary rays showing over the entire front. Carbon-fibre re-enforced, lattice construction. Pau ferro bridge with scalloped saddle and bone-edged tie-block capping.
Schallers or similar with patterned side-plates and white perloid buttons mounted on the head faced with Santos rosewood.
65cm with 20 frets on an ebony fingerboard
52mm at the nut with 41.5mm string spacing.
The condition is extremely good and original; bright and shiny - virtually as new. I find two little marks on the back of the head - and some lacquer crazing / checking on the very bottom, bass-side of the front - just on the edge - see photo. This has likely existed since new and is quite common in lacquer / varnished finish.
The lattice guitars of David Argent are known for a sweet tone, powerful volume and good sustain. Like many Australian guitars, they are heavy (though not as heavy as Smallman) and with very rigid back and sides compared with more traditionally-built, fan-strutted instruments. The weight can aid the guitar resting in your lap in a stable and secure way.
The sound of this spruce Argent guitar is typical of the make; loud, clarity from the spruce front with quick release of sound and good left-hand comfort. Priced well below that of a new one despite it being in near-new condition.
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