Manouk Papazian Classical
Bolivian rosewood, (Pau Ferro), I believe
Sound: Sweet, mellow, nice tone, not loud, sounds like 1973.
Condition: Structurally sound, some playing wear, some crackling in the finish.
$2,000 USD (for payment with PayPal, add 3%), plus shipping
48 hour trial, if you pay the shipping both ways. Local New York City pickup.
Trial location: New York, NY
Spruce Top, although it is very red from the varnish used
Bolivian rosewood, Pau Ferro
ABS case, along with Kris Barnett support, an extra pair of magnets, and a Humidpak.
I've decided to sell the 1973 Manouk Papazian which has been my main guitar for the last two years. I've enjoyed my time playing this guitar. I just upgraded to a Velazquez, so that's why I'm selling it. Guitars by Papazian are undervalued in the marketplace, in my opinion. For those who don't know, Papazian was a New York City maker, and a contemporary of Velazquez and Del Pilar.
I bought this guitar from David LaPlante so perhaps he can chime in if I have made any mistakes in the description. My understanding is that this guitar was in the lot of instruments left to Manouk's son when Manouk passed away, and that it had never been strung up before I bought it in 2014.
I had some fret work done on the guitar and had a new bone nut installed. David made me some different height saddles which I will throw in with the guitar, along with the support from Kris Barnett. The magnets for the support are already installed inside of the Papazian.
As you can see, the guitar has no label, but have no fear, Manouk put his name in the rosette, as you can see in the picture. I guess it helps to come from a family of carpet makers. Also, there is a pencil mark inside, on the back, that says "73".
Let's start with US buyers only for now.
As my luthier said to me when he checked out the guitar, "You're getting a hand-built instrument for the price of a factory-built guitar. How can you complain?"
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