2003 Dell Arte Minor Swing Gypsy Jazz acoustic-electric guitar handmade by John Kinnard in San Diego, CA. This is a stunning guitar and plays very well. It is light, loud, and very easy to play. It features a factory pickup. A unique bridge and tailpiece give it its own character. It weighs just 4.01 pounds. This 14-fret Gypsy features 21 frets and has a 26.5" scale length. It has a zero-fret and a 1.75" nut width. The neck thickness measures 0.853" at the first fret and 0.888" at the 9th fret. String height is currently set to 1.8mm at the 12th fret of the low-E string.
This guitar is in overall good condition with no major issues. It has typical wear from many years of playing. There are small dings throughout, with some light checking in a couple spots. All body binding looks good. The back has a small area of light worming and a couple scuffs. There is one 3" hairline in the lower side bout but looks stable. The back of the neck has some wedding ring dings throughout. The ebony fingerboard looks great with only a hint of fingerwear. Some clear coat on the edge of the fingerboard has peeled off. The frets have a lot of life left with some typical fretwear under the B string on the first few frets. There is no buzzing anywhere with low action. The headstock is in good shape but has a lot of scuffs around the edges. The truss rod works great. The tuners hold a tune perfectly. The built-in pickup sounds very nice with zero issues.
Includes a non-original hardshell case in overall good condition. all latches work, as does the handle. There a lots of stickers all over the exterior of the case. The interior of the case is very clean. Does not include any other accessories.
John Kinnard (Dell' Arte Guitars)
For over 30 years, John S. Kinnard has been handcrafting stringed instruments. He performs all the work on his handmade guitars himself, and he designs and builds each instrument with precision and care. His reputation is built on an extraordinary pride in workmanship which is found in every guitar he creates.
Known primarily as the master luthier behind the Dell' Arte Instruments brand, John Kinnard also offers his personal line of guitars made with the same superior quality and attention to detail that his clients from around the world have come to expect.
What is Gypsy Jazz?
Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France it is often called by the French name, "Jazz manouche," or alternatively, "manouche jazz".