Spalt Instruments R 1803 'The Glass Flower Garden' - Pre-Owned


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This absolutely stunning guitar is an R 1803 from Spalt Instruments out in Vienna, Austria, dubbed 'The Glass Flower Garden'. Having first appeared at the 2018 NAMM show and making a very strong impression, it finds its way to us now in superb condition with all the mojo you'd be only right to expect!

Made up in bulk from wonderfully figured mahogany for both the body and the neck, the guitar really takes a leap into the surreal when you factor in the resin top and the scene that unfolds within. 

Sonically, this top isn't dissimilar to a maple cap, and with the high grade flame maple body inserts, this is certainly captured in the sonic identity of instrument. The ebony fretboard that tops the aforementioned mahogany neck is incredibly smooth all the way through, with fantastic playability and accessibility to boot. This guitar is as easy to play as it is inspiring. 

The last port of call in talking about this striking instrument is the Spalt Single Coil Pickup with its gorgeous cover custom made from a French 1930s hair clip. Coupled with the Graph Tech Piezo Pickup incorporated into the bridge, there's a deceptively wide range of tones on tap with this magnificent piece. 

The guitar comes with a fitted hardcase. 

  • Body: Mahogany 
  • Top inserts: High-grade flame maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Pickup: Spalt Single Coil with 1930s French celluloid cover
  • Bridge pickup: Graph Tech Host Piezo
  • Selector: 3-Way
  • Controls: Volume and tone controls with push/pull for Piezo


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