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VINTAGE: 1980 Max Krimmel #155

A Beautiful-Sounding Work of Art

Max Krimmel

Acoustic Guitar

Up for consideration is a vintage 1980 Max Krimmel OM acoustic guitar. This guitar was #155 of the 167 made by Colorado luthier Max Krimmel , before he became an alabaster lathe artist. During his building carear, Krimmel made guitars were made for several notable guitarists, including Jerry Jeff Walker, Stephen Stills, David Bromberg, Supertramp, and Al DiMeola. Here is a very rare chance to pick up a wonderful Krimmel handmade Krimmel in excellent condition, that is a wonderful work of art in addition to being a great-sounding guitar!!!

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1270 DPI high-resolution photos of this guitar are here and also here. A history of Max Krimmel's guitar work is here. Photos of some his other guitars are here, and additional infor about his guitar-building and his current carear as a lathe artist can be found here and here. This guitar is a beautiful instrument, with a wonderful c-shape neck, and makes a great instrument for amplified gigs, acoustic concerts, as well as studio recordings. It is also very beautiful just to look at.

* Scale Length 632 mm
* Nut Width = 46 mm
* 12th Fret width = 56 mm
* Action Fret 1 = 3 mm
* Action Fret 12 = 4 mm
* Body depth = 81 mm
* Top = Spruce
* Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
* Pick-Up = Baggs Dual Source
* Finish: Lacquer
* Hard Case
    * Made in USA

Here are several sound files to give you an idea of what to expect. These MP3 files have no compression, EQ or reverb -- just mic'd through a pair of Blue Dragonfly mics, into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into a Rosetta 200 A/D converter.

1 | Fingerstylet
(Showing fingerstyle sound, no pick)

2 | Intonation Test (Harmonic / fretted
@ 12th, 7th and 5th frets)

3 | E Minor
(Em Improv)

4 | Dog Walk
(Original in A minor)

5 | Harmonics
(Improv using harmonics)

6 | Open Chords
(Improv using a moveable A2 chord)

7 | Sylvia
(Original in the key of G)

8 | Lunar Melody
(Original in the key of Em)

Here are some additional MP3 clips of this guitar using an assortment of different mics:

Schoeps CMT 341: 1 | 2 | 3

Schoeps CM 61: 1 | 2 | 3

Schoeps CMC 62 Pair: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Schoeps CMC 341: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Neumann KM83: 1 | 2 | 3

Neumann CMV563 M7: 1 | 2

Neumann CMV563 M8: 1 | 2

Neumann CMV563 M55k: 1 | 2

This guitar is in excellent condition for a 30-year-old instrument. I got it 15 years ago and have rarely used it since my main instrument is Classical Harp Guitar. I had the Pick-Up installed by Collings luthier, Ed Reynolds, but I never used on a single gig. The back has 2 long cracks that were professionally cleated when I got it. Ed installed 2 additional cleats on the back to keep even it more stable. There is some checking in the lacquer on the top, back and sides, but there very few dings and scratches from normal use. I had the guitar refretted by Collings luthier Dick Dubois, and there are less than 30 hours of playing time on the new frets.


Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, and Fed-Ex @nd Day Air is $75. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions before bidding. No returns -- sold as is. This auction is for one Max Krimmel acoustic guitar and case. No other accessories are included.

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