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The Cremona Archtop Guitar
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The Cremona Archtop Guitar

Introducing the Cremona handmade archtop guitar

The driving force and inspiration for my work as a luthier has always been rooted in never saying a design is good enough, in relentlessly pursuing higher and higher levels of excellence, and continual refinement in vision and sound.

This newest iteration of my archtop guitar model continues this tradition of continual refinement and improvement. Some of the biggest breakthroughs are those that you can not even see, but somehow you can sense even when you simply look at the guitar.

One thing is for sure; the difference is unmistakable when you hear it!

Cremona archtop guitar
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Cremona archtop guitar  - Back
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Cremona archtop guitar - headstock
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The Cremona Archtop Guitar Brings Refinement To A New Level

Among the many advancements are the total refinement of the top and back architecture, graduation, and voicing treatments. The body tuning and subtle load balancing of the top and back plates allow for even more sensitivity and power.

The Cremona archtop guitar exists on the razors edge where the acoustic volume is enormous while the tone remains warm, full, and deeply complex with a harmonic richness unlike anything I have heard before in an archtop guitar.

Cremona archtop guitar - cutaway bindinding detail
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The Cremona’s Finish

The finish is the result of many years of research and testing starting around 2007 when I began scientifically experimenting with various resins and other materials based on historical documents about the Cremonese violin varnishes. This guitar has a special new finish possessing a type of color that does not in any way hide the woods grain. A color that seems to change like fire as the light moves through it. Even though it is only a couple thousandth of an inch thick, looks like a deep, still, pool of water.

Cremona  archtop guitar  top shine - shellac varnish
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A unique blend of oils are used in conjunction with carefully chosen resins and other ingredients that are treated with my special process taking several weeks to prepare each small batch. This special formula adds an earthy and real diamond-like fire to the wood grain, enhancing the woods flame, chatoyance, and natural beauty.

Cremona Archtop - Back
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Cremona archtop guitar - top-side angle
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Most importantly though, it also enhances the sound or voice of the guitar far beyond a typical synthetic guitar finish.

Cremona - binding detail
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The result is a finish that lets the voice of the instrument stay woody and natural, while remaining warm and sweet, and with an extremely unique harmonic complexity.

Cremona - f hole detail
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As with all of my handcrafted guitars, each one is specifically made for each individual client, so every detail can be as unique as you are, and bring you hours of enjoyment, and most importantly, help you create the unique and beautiful music that only you can.

If you would like to talk more about having a Cremona archtop custom made just for you please contact me, I look forward to hearing from you!

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The Cremona Archtop Guitar Specs

Back/Sides: Private Stock Flamed Big Leaf Maple
Top: Private Stock Lutz Spruce
Neck: Flamed Maple
Bindings: Flamed Maple
Perfling: Flamed Maple
Tuners: Goto Delta Series
Pickup: Lollar Custom Ebony Floating
Scale: 25″
Case: Custom Hoffee


 

4 Responses

  1. Roberto says:

    Hi Tom,

    this Cremona is my best guitar…..by all means a work of art. The sound is so rich and beautiful I can hardly believe it is unplugged.
    Thank you
    Roberto Pagnotta

    • Tom says:

      Hi Roberto,

      It has been a true joy to work together with you on this instrument. Your input, ideas, and vast experience in the field of fine archtop guitars that you shared with me had a profound impact on this guitar and helped me reach higher and push the envelope farther than ever before. I know that all my future guitars will benefit as well from our collaboration.

      Thank you!

      Tom

  2. John Schleicher says:

    Hi Tom,
    What a beauty! I’ve always thought if I ever win the lottery I’d purchase a Benedetto La Venezia. May have to rethink. You Cremona is georgeous and I’m sure the tones are as well.

    John

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