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Jimmy Foster Avalon sn351 Archtop Guitar  From Foster


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Foster Jazz Guitars

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What We Think

This is a wonderful Avalon from Jimmy Foster on consignment from the original owner. It is in absolutely mint condition, built in 2007! Has that great Foster tone and feel.

Jimmy Foster Avalon Archtop Demo played by Jazz Guitarist Keith Ganz

The Avalon from Luthier Jimmy Foster, is a gorgeous archtop guitar made with a Sitka Spruce top, Maple back and sides, and has a beautiful Cremona burst. Jazz Guitarist Keith Ganz plays some incredible licks on this masterpiece. The Avalon sounds stunning in addition to its beautiful looks. Check out SoundPure's website to look at our incredible collection of hand chosen boutique guitars, made by master luthiers all over the world. If you have any questions, call one of our guitar experts today. 919.682.5552.

Manufacturer's Description from Foster

Starting with the Crescent City model as a basis, Jimmy Foster has created an archtop jazz guitar that possesses many of the most popular features for a full sized 17-inch archtop guitar. Beautifully carved flamed maple adorns the back, sides, and neck of the Avalon model. Fine aged Sitka spruce is used for the carved top plate. All other appointments are made from aged Ebony. The other unique feature of the Avalon guitar model is its immediate availability from a Foster authorized dealer. If you prefer to deal direct, the Avalon can also be purchased from Foster Guitars. This archtop guitar is available as a 6-string guitar or a 7-string guitar.

Foster Jazz Guitars

About Manufacturer

Jimmy Foster has been practicing the luthier's art for over 30 years. Just as importantly, he's been playing guitar for over 35 years - a rarity among guitar builders. It's this player's perspective, plus his commitment to perfection, that defines the character of each and every Foster Guitar. Jimmy's early musical idols were artists such as Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Tony Mottola. As his talents developed, Jimmy's taste turned toward the jazz influences of players like Howard Roberts, Johnny Smith, and George Van Eps, the legendary 7-string jazz guitar player. An "everyday man" Jimmy loves to talk to his customers and welcomes their input into the building of their custom instrument.


Hand Split Carved Sitka Spruce Top

Modified Parallel Bracing or X Bracing

17" body width with 3" side depth

Select Figured Bigleaf Maple Back and Sides

One Piece Figured Maple neck joined at the 15th fret

Venetian Cutaway

Body Bound in Ebonized Binding

Adjustable Steel Truss Rod

Solid Ebony Tailpiece, Pickguard, Bridge, Fingerboard, Headstock, Truss Rod Cover and Heel Cap

Beautifully Chamfered F Holes

Engraved Truss Rod Cover

Delicate Abalone Inlay on the 12th fret, headstock, and tailpiece

Custom Kent Armstrong Floating Pickup with Volume, and Tone control

Gold Plated Tuners

High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish


Honey Blonde

TKL Custom Hardshell Case






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