2009 Avalon Eclipse – S Zemaitis – £2499
NEW ARRIVAL Zemaitis made guitars for just about anyone who was anyone in the 70’s – Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Greg Lake, Ronnie Lane and Joe Walsh should give you an idea of Zemaitis reputation. As each guitar was a one off, they are almost certainly all in private collections (A twelve string of his built for Clapton called “Ivan the Terrible” sold recently for $253.000). The George Harrison acoustic is probably one of the best known examples, and one of the most distinctive looking. In 2009 Avalon produced two very fine examples of this particular guitar as prototypes. The top features Alaskan Spruce, with Indian Rosewood back and sides. The neck is 9 piece construction, which are South American Mahogany, American Walnut, South American Purple Heart and English Sycamore, and the fingerboard and bridge are Ebony. As the use of such fine materials would suggest, this guitar is built to a very high standard, with fantastic feel and finish. The body shape is essentially a 00, but with extreme curves, and produces a well balanced tone with particular emphasis on the mids – it has a bright, punchy tone with excellent clarity and sustain. The guitar has a very high end LR Baggs Dual Source pickup installed, and comes in it’s original Hiscox flight case.