Comins Chester Avenue (1999)


Pennsylvania-based luthier, Bill Comins, has built his reputation around exceptional attention to detail and it shows in this near mint 1999 Chester Avenue archtop. From the moment you take this guitar from its case you know you're holding a meticulously crafted, alive feeling instrument. It's lightweight, loud, and very resonant when played acoustically. Notes jump off the fretboard with very little effort - this guitar has a wonderful dynamic range which makes it so easy to dig deeper with your playing. Its near perfect setup assures you never feel like you're fighting the guitar. 

Tones: Plugged in, the Kent Armstrong floating PAF delivers defined, warm, airy, and articulate tones while maintaining the dynamic range this guitar possesses acoustically. While certainly not limited to these tones, think Jim Hall. A gorgeous blend of amplified and acoustic tones seem to be present at all times. 

Condition: Near mint. Very, very little signs of previous ownership. No wear on the the frets, no dings, etc...

For anyone looking to add a high quality archtop to their collection, this Comins Chester Avenue should be at the top of your list. Simply an exceptional, alive, and impeccably crafted instrument! Priced with hardshell case. 

Interested? We may have another on the way.
  • Hand carved sitka spruce top
  • Hand carved AAA flamed maple back / sides
  • 3 piece tiger flame maple neck 
  • Solid ebony fretboard
  • Hand-engraved pearl headstock logo 
  • 9-ply body binding 
  • 5-ply neck / headstock binding 
  • Triple bound F holes 
  • Solid bone nut
  • Hand carved ebony tailpiece 
  • Multibound finger rest 
  • Schaller tuners w/ebony buttons
  • Kent Armstrong floating PAF pickup with thumbwheel volume and tone control (endpin jack)
  • SN: 0080

Free Freight: The Music Emporium is happy to provide free ground shipping on all merchandise priced over $100 and purchased online at This offer applies to all merchandise shipped within the 48 continental US States.* If you wish to expedite your shipment or your order doesn't qualify, we provide competitive rates. Once you enter your shipping info, you'll be given a selection of services from UPS, FedEx and USPS.

Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

Approval Period, Taxes, Duties: Most instruments ship with a 48-hour approval** period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities.

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**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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