Our latest Tim Bram Tribute Thinline Archtop just arrived and it's a stunner! We'd asked Tim to build us one of his brilliant Thinline models in the style of an old Hofner archtop and we're thrilled with the results.
Fans of jazz guitar have no doubt noticed more and more players moving towards smaller, easier to manage guitars, specifically the Fender Telecaster (the inspiring playing and tones of Bill Frisell and Julian Lage are certainly what's behind this "movement"). We thought it might be fun to fold in some of the design language of an older archtop via block fingerboard inlays, gold hardware, and pearloid accents (pickguard and truss cover).
#42 is loaded with a Lollar Johnny Smith pickup which pairs beautifully with this guitar and really helps capture the vibe we were going for. These pickups deliver a sweet top-end that remains clear even when you roll the pickguard mounted tone or volume controls down a bit. The midrange is gorgeous but not pinched or overly tight...this guitar stays right there with you whether you're digging in a bit or laying back. We had a blast passing this guitar around when it first came in (we were plugged into the newly redesigned Carr Sportsman for those keeping score at home - a fantastic pairing).
The build quality is very high, it's lightweight, the neck is super comfortable, and most importantly for us...it's incredibly musical, beautiful sounding, and really, really fun to play. That's really the whole point, no?
Priced with hardshell case.
- Hand carved ( and graduated ) European spruce top, x braced
- Hand carved seasoned curly maple back, sides, and neck
- Macassar Ebony fretboard, bridge, tailpiece, finger rest and headstock face
- Pearloid accents
- Nitrocellulose lacquer
- Silver nickel frets
- Black ABS binding
- Lollar Johnny Smith pickup
- Hipshot classic open back tuners
- Custom made Cedar Creek hardshell case
- 25” scale
- 1 11/16" nut
- 2" sides
- 14 1/2” lower bout
Martin Retro strings, 12-54