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Comins Renaissance Archtop Guitar #0065 - Used  From Comins Guitars

A stunning late-90s Renaissance 16" short-scale archtop by Bill Comins! 


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What We Think

Condition: Used, Excellent

This guitar plays itself 

The tone is lively and warm 

The appointments are classy, yet understated 

The Big Leaf Maple is gorgeous and it retains clarity and note separation with effortless grace 

The X-brace design makes for a dynamic and articulate response 

It's the kind of instrument that will serve you well in just about any context 

For an American-made archtop by one of the best builders currently working, it's a steal 

This one wants to go back on stage! 

It's just about the most comfortable "Jazz-box" I've ever played 

SP Luthier Notes: Fret Dress, Setup

Manufacturer's Description from Comins Guitars

Philadelphia, PA-based luthier Bill Comins began playing guitar at an early age, eventually going on to study jazz guitar at Temple University. His initial career as a working musician and private instructor, however, would inevitably give way to a lifelong pursuit of the art of Luthiery. Over the last 20 plus years, Bill has been dedicated to refining a line of instruments with a main focus on archtop jazz guitars.

Hallmarks of Comins Guitars include precise setup work, comfortable feeling necks, a clear and round high end, punchy mids, and a “broken in” or “old wood” sound. Guided by the works of great makers past and present, Comins has devoted much attention to considering elements such as modeling and graduation of the arched plates, mass of individual components, sound-hole styling and placement, variables in geometric relationships, etc. This progression of fine-tuning has led to deep understanding of how components function in concert, and how they can be manipulated toward a desired result. What is learned from each newly created piece is brought to the next. Bill also attributes the success of his instruments to sensibilities acquired through his years of playing.

Producing a limited number of pieces per year, Bill builds custom instruments for international clientele consisting of professional and novice musicians, educators, and collectors. His work has been recognized in magazines, books, and formal exhibitions. Maintaining a one-on-one association with his customers, Bill remains mindful of each instrument’s intended use, and approaches every project with reverence.

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About Manufacturer

One of the finest archtop builders in the world, Bill Comins produces instruments of unsurpassed quality. His attention to every detail is immediately evident when you pick up and play one of his guitars. Bill brings the complete package: tone, looks, playability, and craftsmanship. While his instruments pay homage to traditional designs, they also have that unique “Comins” character… warm, fat, and mellow with tone for days. Recently, he has taken his art and expertise to the world of solid-body electric guitars, and been creating some new gems in that arena that are simply to die for. His works are masterpiece collectibles designed to stand up to the test of time.


-16" lower bout

-Sitka spruce top -X-braced

-Big leaf maple back and sides

-Rosewood binding motif

-Burl peghead face and back

-Ebony binding around fingerboard with light wood colored side dot markers

-Open-back Waverly tuners with grained ivoroid buttons

-1-23/32" nut width with c-neck

-24 3/4" scale length

-Rosewood pickguard 

-Volume and tone control

-Natural finish

-Non-bound f-holes with edges chamfered