David J Rubio.

  • Year:

    MCMLXX = 1970. Labelled, signed David J Rubio and stamped on the label, on the heel slipper and under the front. This is no sure indication to be made by David - but likely substantially made by Paul Fischer in collaboration with David. At this early stage, Paul and David were alone on guitars - Paul had been there only since 1969.

  • Body:

    Beautiful south american swartzia, rosewood or machaerium - with very attractive grain character and colours - very beautiful timber. Single boxwood back centre-line and purfling.
    Body length:- 493 mm.
    Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 90 mm deep.
    Waist:- 241 mm & 92 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 367 mm wide & 94 mm deep.
    All shellac french-polished.

  • Front:

    European spruce of silky grain and quite tight and even grain width with multi-line purfling, the famed vine-leaves rosette, slender rosewood bridge with bone-edged tie-block capping. Shellac french-polished.

  • Tuners:

    Fustero with synthetic m-o-p buttons. These are the originally-fitted tuning machines.

  • Scale:

    66cm with 19 frets an an ebony fingerboard

  • Neck Width:

    54mm at the nut with 44.5 mm string spacing

  • Weight:

    1530 grams

  • Condition:

    This is a one-owner guitar who bought it from the Duns Tew workshop - in really very good, well-cared-for condition, particularly noting it is a 46-year old instrument. It is in original condition; without body repairs or cracks, original finish, and modest playing and handling marks.
    The head-to-neck joint was strained and partially opened 30 or more years ago when it was glued and has remained perfectly strong since then. A glue line is visible.
    A rattling back bar was also re-glued very recently.
    It is in extremely tidy condition for a guitar of this vintage.
    Including original Paxman case in good condition.

  • Comments:

    This good-looking guitar has a good feel and sound with a depth of voice from its air resonance of F# with a rounded treble that offers good sustain. Using timbers that were David's and absolutely to his design pattern, including the 'nodal bar' in the treble-side fan-struts, this guitar was made during the early period when Paul Fischer had recently joined David and its construction may have involved both.
    This is a fine performance instrument; deeper in voice than some and in lovely condition - which makes it a special opportunity.

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  • Price:
    Sold August 2016
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