Curtis, Custom build 17" Arch-top, 2004 - Arlen Roth
About the Builder:
Curtis Scoons has been playing guitar for over 30 years. For much of that time he wanted an archtop guitar with a particular sound. Unfortunately, he could never find an instrument that sounded similar to some of the recordings he had heard by Wes Montgomery, George Benson and others. Although he had played what were supposed to be the same instruments they had used, the sound was never the same.
Over the years, his thoughts for his "ideal guitar" came together and he seriously considered having this instrument built by a custom shop. However, several years ago he realized that he could build one by himself, so he did. Having both skills as a guitarist and a woodworker enabled him to build the instrument to his specifications and the result was the beginnings of Curtis Guitars.
What he achieved is an instrument that has superior acoustic tone. The better the instrument sounds acoustically the better it will sound when amplified. The more interaction between the strings and the wood the more complex the tone becomes, and that produces what he had termed a "bell-like" quality. In other words, the guitar has a deep and rich sound. The instrument rings like a flattop guitar but has the even response of an archtop.
He works independently building each guitar by hand in upstate New York. Working by himself allows him to control every detail from selecting materials to finish. Each time he creates an instrument it is a learning experience and each guitar is unique. His guitars are designed for individuals who truly appreciate great sounding instruments that are beautiful as well.
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About the Guitar:
This is a lovely carved-top, custom-made archtop made for Arlen Roth. The guitar has single Benedetto pickup, hidden volume and tone controls, lovely accents in flame maple and deluxe abalone. Great Jazz tone! Furthermore it has bound ebony fingerboard, gorgeous dark red color.
Arlen used this guitar live to perform with his daughter Lexie, who owns a similar guitar.