Manzer Archtops are designed with the great masters of archtop building in mind.
HAND CARVED INSPIRATION
Inspired by James D’Aquisto, the JazzCAT features an aged German spruce top. The back and sides are European curly maple with hand carved ebony appointments. The peghead is a bevelled sandwich of purple heart, curly maple and ebony veneers. Pearl "Manzer" Signature. The scale length is 64 cm (25-1/4"). The lower bout is 17" and the sound holes can be f shapes (traditional) or modern as shown on this instrument. The pickguard mounted pickup – the "Jazz Cat" – was designed and made for me by Kent Armstrong. It has that traditional PAF sound with the addition of 12 pole pieces for micro adjustment. The volume and tone controls are hidden under the pickguard and can be easily adjusted with a touch of a fingertip. Finest quality hand carved woods with a custom honey-tangerine burst finish.
Lower Bout: 17"
Scale: 64 cm - (25-1/4")
TOP OF THE LINE ACOUSTIC ARCHTOP
A custom version of this model is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
An acoustic guitar first and foremost, this Manzer Guitar's top of the line acoustic archtop (17 1/4 " lower bout).
Handcarved aged German Spruce carved top / Curly Maple back, sides and neck All Wood bindings / Ebony fingerboard, bridge and tailpiece / Orchid Inlay (abalone) and "Manzer"Signature in peghead.
There's not a lot of inlay (hence the "au naturel" apellation), just a succulent blend of all wood bindings and gorgeous wood, but inlay can be added by request as it was on a custom Au Naturel Guitar called the "Endangers Species Model" commissioned by the Canadian Museum of Civilization.
GREAT WORKHORSE GUITAR
This is a basic working archtop guitar – no frills just good clean design and pure sound. With a "JazzCAT" pickup added this makes a great workhorse guitar with all the detailing you expect from a handmade guitar.
Lower Bout: 16-1/4" or 17"
Ivoroid binding, dot inlay in fingerboard
Manzer signature inlay
FULL WARM TONE
In this video, Julian Lage performs on the Blue Note in an ensemble featuring George Marsh (drums) and Randy Vincent (guitar), with sound by Gary Woods, from the Bruce Latimer Show, 25 June 2003 (Pacifica CA).
Five ply maple/mahogany archtop and archback with solid curly maple sides. This laminate is handmade by me in very limited numbers. The custom made PAF pickup (with adjustable pole pieces) delivers a full warm tone with on board volume and tone controls.
Light tangerine maple burst finish with all hand carved ebony appointments, including a "variable tension" ebony tailpiece, with gold plated hardware, a curly maple neck with ebony peghead overlay and the "Manzer" signature inlayed with abalone. Available with either traditional art deco f-holes or triangular sound holes.
Lower Bout: 40 cm - (16")
Scale: 64 cm - (25-1/4")
Neck Width: 44 mm - (1-3/4")
"This guitar is a phenomenon" - Scott Chinery
This is a collectable museum quality instrument. 18" lower bout. Custom "orchid" peghead inlay with a hand engraved mother of pearl scroll inlayed into pinstriped ebony peghead overlay. Precise attention to detail. Highest quality aged European woods.
Split block fingerboard inlays, solid wood binding, ebony tailpiece, ebony carved bridge, ebony pinstriped pickguard, gold plated adjustable tailpiece. All carving is by hand and each piece of wood is carefully matched for the best possible tone. Responsive and full. If you want to pull out all the stops, this is it!
Note the optional sliding panel door on the upper bout. This is an adjustable sound port that allows the player to hear the sound that normally projects forward.