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Lot 142 – Kalluste Owl guitar
Kalluste Owl guitar, mahogany body with natural ash top, electrics in working order, hard case, condition: new
From the makers website:
I present my Kalluste Owl guitar, the next generation of quality guitars. Not all guitars are created equally. There are huge differences in prices and in the quality of sound. Construction methods as well as the types of woods used to affect the sound and playing ease are also critical. So, for the finest guitars and the most exceptional sound quality anywhere, you need to look no further than Kalluste!
The body of my new Owl guitar amplifies the vibration of the strings when a note or chord is played. Different woods provide different tonal qualities and therefore effect the “individual voice” of each guitar. The back and sides of our Owl body is crafted from the finest mahogany, the top, or sound board, is of quality, solid maple -critical to the voice of the Owl.
The Owl guitar possesses a hollow sound chamber with the sound hole providing the rich, full and even sound from the additional amplification. The neck is maple and the keyboard from Amaranth also known as Purpleheart. I have never used Purpleheart or Amaranth before. Its color is a rich dark purple, like eggplant. I was pleasantly surprised and happy that I made this choice. My 24 frets are made from top quality durable stainless steel giving each chord a clean and brilliant sound.
It is easy to talk about my guitar, but why not check it out yourself my work at http://www.kallusteguitars.com/ If you have any questions, wish to inquire about this guitar or want to see any of my guitars in future auctions do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Model KT-Style Body Mahogany (made in one piece) Body Top Ash Body Hollow Body Color Natural Binding B/W Neck Maple Fretboard Amaranth Fretboard radius 12” Scale length 647,7 mm (25,5”) Width at nut 42,8 mm (1,68”) Nut Vintage bone (BFTS nut) Thickness at 1 st fret 19 mm (0,748”) Frets 24 (Stainless steel) Fret height 1,15 mm (0,045”) Fret width 2,15 mm (0,084”) Tuners Schaller locking guitarmachines (chrome) Strap security locks Schaller (chrome) Bridge Gotoh bridge for Tele (chrome) Pickups Joe Barden tele set Finish Polyurethane lacquer (natural) Strings 10-52 Elixir Weight 3,286kg Case Included
About Kuldar Kalluste
My story begins in Võru, a country hamlet nestled in the hills of southern Estonia where I was born on the 6th of February, 1956. I spent my childhood days there where I learned to enjoy working with wood. In the beginning I carved and whittled knives and spoons, later I learned to construct small things like birdhouses. My first real effort with a Kalluste guitar was a small, simple, plywood instrument with wire strings. This first Kalluste even had frets on it.
I spent the next decade studying both of my loves, music and woodwork. Woodwork I studied at the “Võru Technical School” and music I studied at the prestigious “Georg Ots School of Music in Tallinn”. All during my school years, I earned money performed as guitarist with countless groups throughout the former Soviet Union.
On the road back then, I managed to get my hands on a very special, a very rare guitar – the Fender 25th Anniversary Stratocaster. This was an outrageous accomplishment for anyone in the Soviet Union. Word of my possessing such a treasure reached the ears of our premier Estonian violin maker Aaro Altpere in l983. Because there was a such a critical shortage of good guitars in the Soviet Union, Aaro immediately wanted to make a copy from my Stratocaster. I immediately agreed, and I was excited by this opportunity, to learn from a master. Together we made drawings of my Stratocaster and because Aaro was willing to share his knowledge and expertise in building fine musical instruments with me, it was the beginning of Kalluste Guitars.
Under the guidance of master Aaro, I learned how to repair old cellos, double basses as well as violins, which led me to appreciate and specialize in archtops. I loved what I was doing. I was further encouraged by Aaro as he discovered I was a quick learner and didn’t hesitate to teach me more and more.
Soon I built my own workshop in my apartment in Tallinn. I quick began repairing guitars. Soon I was constructing them from scratch. By the beginning of the 90’s I was specializing in repairing and constructing any and all types of electrical guitars. It was when the millenium year 2000 approached I began to fully appreciate archtop guitars. I especially liked their sound and style. I began dreaming of having one of my own. Still, it took me ten years of studying and planning before I finally made my first Kalluste archtop in 2010.
When I design and construct any of Kalluste guitars, the first thing I do is make sure it is comfortable to hold and play. It is critical the guitar fits snugly in your lap. The guitar must be balanced and not pull in any one direction. Next, it is essential the guitar has a good sound; this requires utilizing only the best materials. Having worked as a guitarist myself, playing many sets often all night, I appreciate the importance of a guitar with great sound and comfortable to play as well. The shape of the guitar is also important. I have worked hard and struggled to find the optimal shape for the neck of the guitar. It must fit perfectly so that fingers or hands will not tire easily while playing. I can honestly say now I have succeeded with my Kalluste guitars…
When making my Kalluste electric guitars, I prefer to use our Estonian alder; it is light and produces a soft sound. Usually archtop guitars are made from a combination of spruce, maple and rosewood. Whenever possible my Kalluste guitars are constructed from aged wood, sometimes scavenged from rare hundred year old instruments. All of my woods are dried naturally. This is what gives my guitars their durability, stability and the exceptional clear tones. For the clearest sound, I prefer to use stainless steel frets.
So now you know my story. As you can see, I put my soul into every Kalluste guitar I produce
Estimate £750 – 1000
Sold for £900 (10th December 2015)
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