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Weight: 6.51 lbs
This ebony-and-maple beauty sounds amazing though an amp. The maple binding really looks sharp against the ebony and flamed maple top. It has been fully serviced and setup by legendary Bill Puplett, plays and sounds fantastic.
Includes Peerless hard-shell case.
Body shape: 16" Cremona archtop
Top: Carved solid flame maple
Nut: Bone, 43mm
Tuners: Grover GH102
Bridge, pickguard, tailpiece, machine head knobs, controls: Ebony
Pickup: handmade Kent Armstrong humbucker
"The body employs laminated flamed maple for the back and sides and reserves a thick lump of the same timber - solid this time - for the hand-carved top. The set-neck is also maple, with a headstock scarf-jointed in place behind the 1st fret, while fingerboard, raised pickguard, control knobs, tuner buttons, bridge and tailpiece are all ebony. Hardware is gold-plated, including Grover tuners, pickup cover, bridge adjustment screws and strap buttons.
Borrowing from D'Angelico's tradition of using Art Deco motifs in his fabulous guitars of the 1930s, which was carried on by D'Aquisto, the Leela's headstock and 'board inlays, drooping pickguard and stylised f-holes evoke the look in a more understated manner. With Gibson's standard 16-inch (406.4mm) body width, the visual balance is all but perfect.
String changing is easy due to the 'easy-load' ebony tailpiece, and fitted with D'Addario flatwounds and with a low action over the almost flat (400mm) radius fingerboard, the Leela's slim C-section neck is a breeze to navigate. Jazz-style chords move seamlessly under the fingers while picked lead lines and arpeggios are fuss-free. Playing fingerstyle is equally rewarding, and within minutes the guitar feels like a slightly upper-class old friend."