Bashkin JM Cutaway, Brazilian Rosewood & Swiss Spruce


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Not just an artist and musician, Colorado-based luthier Michael Bashkin comes to lutherie with a background in the study of trees and the mechanics of wood. He honed his craft with Ervin Somogyi before launching his own workshop. He describes his JM model as a "mid-sized dynamic contemporary guitar". That it certainly is, from tone to aesthetics. With a 15.6" lower bout, he achieves the low end power and presence of a larger guitar while still keeping the clarity and balance of the OM shape. A distinctive cutaway is both visually appealing while offering the player easy access beyond the 14th fret. 

Swiss spruce offers a wide dynamic range and a quick response, as well as a sparkle in the high end that marries beautifully with the complex tone and sustain of Brazilian rosewood. The end result is a guitar that sounds at once timeless and modern, offering hours of satisfying playing to the soloist and the ensemble player alike.

  • Top: Swiss spruce
  • Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone, drop-in
  • Scale length: 25-1/2"
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • String spacing: 2-1/4"
  • Depth: 4-1/4"
  • Lower bout: 15.6"
  • Serial number: 73
  • Case: Visesnut hardshell with slip cover


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Key Features

Bashkin JM Cutaway, Brazilian Rosewood & Swiss Spruce
Every Bashkin guitar has an aesthetic that is distinctive, artistic, and modern, with refined lines and an elegance reminiscent of Scandinavian design
Articulate, dynamic Swiss spruce meets lush, overtone-rich Brazilian rosewood
Michael's JM design combines a 15.6" lower bout with a curvier OM shape, achieving low end presense while maintaining clarity and balance

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Bashkin Guitars

Michael Bashkin has been at the forefront of the modern acoustic lutherie scene for decades. With crisp, elegant designs and extraordinary craftsmanship and the tonal response, a Bashkin guitar is extremely inspirational. Immediate, rich and sophisticated they are superb instruments for the discerning contemporary player.

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