While partaking of its ineffable beauty and sonic resplendence a dexterous player may swoon from the unceasing pleasure. Made completely made by the hand of a single illustrious crafter this 17” jazz monolith has a carved and solid Sitka spruce top, equally carved and solid big leaf maple back and sides, a flame maple neck, burled maple peghead face and back veneer as well as burled heel cap and end graft. Its elegant appointments include a black ebony fingerboard inlaid with fancy split-block mother of pearl inlays with corresponding side dots, and said ‘board is bound with curly maple binding – and so are the sides of the instrument. When Bill does the f-holes he inlays actual wood purfling into the spruce – and although the color of the spruce matches the color of the maple truth be told the bindings are not maple. Bill calls this the Chester Avenue because one of his earlier shops was in fact on an Avenue that bore the same name. This builder calls this finish color “autumn’burst.” Bill Comins avers that he believes that he, himself, coined this phrase and all other builders that use it must from now on send him $5 royalty fee in cash in a white envelope-within-a-brown-envelope if you don’t mind; thank you. We have just sent him $5 for just printing the term here.
This incredibly beautiful professional quality acoustic-electric is equipped with Gotoh 510 tuners sporting ebony buttons, and for playing while amplified it is provided a Kent Armstrong floating PAF type pickup with 12 individual pole pieces. To enhance your sense of control, there are twin burled maple volume and tone knobs mounted to the pickguard. The body depth is uniformly3 1/8”; the nut width is 1 ¾”; the string spacing at the bridge, per the builder’s specifications, whatever it is, is beyond correct – it is perfect! Comins guitars are played visibly and in public by such luminaries as Rick Stone, called “One of the finest straight-ahead guitarists on the current NYC jazz scene,” Vic Juris, who has played with Jimmy Smith, Mel Torme and Larry Coryell, and D.C. guitarist Steve Herberman, recently shown on the cover of Just Jazz Magazine with his Comins. You can own one of the finest new archtop jazz guitars – a commanding and creditable Colossus in the contemporary world of uncompromised six-strings for only: