Schoenberg Soloist, Brazilian Rosewood & Spruce - Pre-Owned


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In his quest to find his perfect fingerstyle guitar, Eric Schoenberg was instrumental in reviving the Orchestra Model, partnering with Dana Bourgeois who built the first Brazilian rosewood Soloist, or OM cutaway, to his specs. The pair partnered with Martin, who for nearly a decade helped assist in the final aspects of production. Dana eventually passed the project on to TJ Thompson, who then passed it on to another former Bourgeois builder, Julius Borges. By that point, Martin was no longer part of the project, so all guitars out of this era were built entirely in-house by Julius, and in this case, John Slobod. Based on a handwritten "4-00" written on the inside, we suspect this Soloist was completed in April 2000, and in Littleton, MA were Julius was based at the time. Both luthiers' signatures can be found inside, as well as the Borges stamp.

The seller was told the top was Adirondack spruce when he bought it, but further research leads to the possibility that it could be European. As one would expect from a Schoenberg (or a Borges, or a Slobod!), the tone and playability are fantastic.

The seller attests that this guitar is in excellent condition. It is being sold using our Sell From Home service. Please note: This guitar is currently located with the owner in Italy and it cannot be sold and shipped outside the EU at this time. He does have CITES paperwork, but the serial number listed cannot be found on the guitar.

  • Model: OM cutaway
  • Build year: 2000
  • Top: Adirondack or European spruce
  • Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany with C profile
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Tuners: Waverly
  • Nut and saddle: Bone
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Scale length: 25.4"
  • Nut width: 1-13/16"
  • String spacing: 2-3/8"
  • Lower bout: 15"
  • Depth: 4"
  • Serial number: 8092 (handwritten inside guitar) or 7691 (listed on CITES doc)
  • Case: Hiscox hardshell (non-original)
  • CITES: Yes, but see notes


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