John Moriarty Guitars

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15 inch Archtop Electric
16 inch Archtop Electric

17 inch Archtop Electric
17.5 inch Archtop Electric
Parlor guitar


When this guitar was commissioned, the customer was very easy-going and open to suggestions. Broadly speaking, he wanted it to be light, resonant and with good looks. I wanted to use pine for weight and we decided to go for a deep red with black top and back binding to give it some depth and some class! The most unusual feature is the neck though. It is made from a large block of tight grained Sitka spruce, commonly used as bracing stock on acoustic guitars. While this contributes to the light overall weight and resonance, it also has a very pleasing grain orientation which shimmers at certain angles. The pickups are hand wound, and the humbucker was wound on the low side with an Alnico 2 bar magnet, to balance the volume with the bridge pickup. The guitar is extremely resonant and clear sounding in all registers.

General specifications:

Body: Sugar Pine
Neck: Sitka Spruce
1-ply body binding, front and back
Internally laminated neck
Stainless steel truss rod
Ebony fingerboard, 12″ radius, 25.5″ scale
Black pearl dot position markers
43mm width nut, polished bone
Hipshot tuners and bridge
Handwound pickups
Custom 3-ply pickguard
Lacquer finish