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Builder: Mark Campellone
Serial Number: 45.
Case/Gigbag: heavy padded black gigbag.

Scale Length: 24 1/4 inches.
Neck Shape: oval.
Width at Nut: 1 11/16 inches.
String Width at Bridge: 3 1/16 inches.
Overall Length: 38 inches.
Widest: 13 1/4 inches.

Neck: 5-piece quartersawn maple/purpleheart; 5-ply decorative laminates on front of headstock, 3-ply on back. engraved script brass logo inlaid into face of headstock (under finish).
Fingerboard: ebony, 24 frets, with small oval mother of pearl inlays, brass nut.
Body: figured walnut top, gently figured cherry (?) back, 4-ply walnut/maple accent laminates between top and back.
Finish: clear gloss (epoxy).

Bridge: machined brass, adjustable for height and intonation, brass and ebony stop tailpiece.
Tuners: Schaller, gold.
Strap buttons: brass.
Outputs: 1/4" mono.

Pickups: 3 Bartolini dual coil pickups.
Controls: rotary controls: master volume, middle pickup blend, treble roll off. 3 on/off mini-toggles (1 for each pickup), 2 coil tap mini-toggles for neck and bridge pickups.
Preamp: none.

Fret wear: very light.
Superficial wear: a few scattered small scuff marks and bumps (see photos below), nothing very noticable from arms length.
Deep wear: none.
Hardware wear: light tarnishing on the bridge, the slot on one of the retaining screws for the control cavity cover is a bit soft and might need replacing one day.
Pickups wear: very light, just some 'polishing' on top from being played.
Overall Condition: excellent.

Purchasing information.
Asking price: $2800.
Consignment: yes.
Trades Considered? no.
Location (contact): BunnyBass-Honolulu (jon).

Mark Campellone is an internationally renowned luthier, considered by many to be perhaps one of the finest guitar builders of the past century. He is especially known for his incredible archtop guitars, so it was a little bit of a surprise for us when we first saw this electric guitar by Mr. Campellone - we have never seen another one even remotely similar to it. It is certainly one of the most stunning electric guitars I have ever seen, with incredible craftsmanship and materials throughout. The photos below are probably the best way to communicate the meticulous attention to detail given during the construction of this guitar, and every element of design and construction demonstrates in some way the love and discipline present in the work of this master builder. The guitar plays silky smooth and is naturally very resonant and even across all registers, and the sound is refined, lush, and extremely variable. The double coil sound is forceful and round, and the ability to tap the neck and bridge pickups also provides for a more transparent sound as well. The combination of the filter (at least that's what we think that knob is!) and treble roll off provide a tremendous variety of tones not only for single note melodic playing, but also to radically transform the overall tonal character of chords as well. Who would have thought that an all-passive guitar would be able to produce so many different sounds? Altogether this is an amazing instrument, from both an aesthetic perspective and as a tool for musical performance, and the more I play this beautiful guitar I am starting to feel like I need to keep this one for myself!
     There isn't much information on electric solidbody guitars at the Campellone website, but if you enjoy looking at and dreaming about super-fine handmade instruments, please visit - I think you will be amazed at this man's work.    ~ jon

Supplementary information:

Click here to read an e-mail from M. Campellone re: this guitar...

Click here to see more early M. Campellone solidbody guitars and basses...

For more photographs of this instrument visit the BunnyBass Musical Instrument Archive.

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