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Devoe Standard 17" Archtop Electric Guitar - Used  From Other

From 2002, a 17" archtop from the since retired builder, Tom DeVoe.


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Condition: Used, Very Good

A charming, classy, and highly inviting archtop from a self described "lone artisan" who built through 2006.  Lester DeVoe's custom work always exhibited a priority of tone and feel over museum quality noveltly and exotic pricing--that ethos shines here in this bright, perky archtop.  Plenty of sweetness in the highs, plenty of punch in the mids, plenty of taut, tight control in the bass.  Light to begin with, this played in instrument feels like it plays itself when its in the case!  Rare gem, folks, grab it while you can!

Manufacturer's Description from Other

Standard models are produced with the same select-grade spruce (top) and figured maple (back and sides) as my custom models.  The fingerboard and fittings (bridge, tailpiece, fingerrest) are of ebony.  The body and f-holes are bound in your choice of black or white plastic with the headstock left unbound.  The fingerboard is bound in its own wood to conceal the fret slots and provide a very clean look.  Standard models are available in natural (clear nitrocellulose lacquer) or with a stain-over sunburst (any color) for no extra charge.  On white-bound sunburst instruments, there is an additional charge of $200 for those who prefer the body bindings to be scraped clean of stain.  See the pricing page for a list of options available for the standard models.

Although my archtop designs are rooted in tradition, I still strive to improve upon traditional design elements.  My bridge design is one example of this effort.  What’s different about my bridge?  It’s the pins...or should I say the tubes.  In place of solid bridge pins, I use ¼” tubing into which I die-cut adjustment threads.  My hollow pins have several advantages, including, more surface area to provide better contact between the bridge top and foot, less weight, and the complete elimination of bulky thumbwheel adjusters.  The results are a streamlined look and better transmission of string energy from bridge to top plate.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Model: Standard 17"

Serial: Approx. #50

Year: 2002

Color: Light Sunburst

Top: Spruce

Body: Figured Maple

Binding: Black Plastic

Neck: Maple

Fingerboard: Ebony

Width at Nut: 1 3/4"

Nut Material: Bone

Scale: 25"

Frets: 21

Bridge: Ebony, Adjustable

Tailpiece: Trapeze

Pickup: Kent Armstrong

Tuners: Grover

Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Case: Hardshell

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