The top of Nigel Greening’s winning set-neck archtop is hand-carved from ‘cushioned’ maple, inside and out and left unbound. The back is fully hollow and made from reclaimed Brazilian mahogany, with the centre section retained to form the centre block, and is 50mm deep overall. The neck is carved from flamed sugar maple, with a scarf joint and a 10-degree headstock and a 635mm scale. The neck has carbon reinforcem­ent and the truss rod is fitted but effectivel­y is redundant other than for ‘fine-tuning’. The headstock plate and fingerboar­d are Macassar ebony, with a salmon inlay in paua and m-o-p. The f-holes are a nod to the Monteleone Radio Flyer. Weight is comfortabl­e at 2.8kg (6lb).

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