US $.4000 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Edward Aviza
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US $.4000 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Edward Aviza » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:34 pm

- Kris Barnett Classical Guitar #87, built 2015
- Scale length: 650mm
- Top: Engelmann Spruce
- Back / Sides: Ziricote (Back is an arched / braceless design)
- Fingerboard: ebony with raised fingerboard for easy access to higher frets
- Sound: Loud, clear, well-balanced, powerful and lyrical
- Condition: Like new
- Price: $4,000
- Viewing / trial possible: please message to request viewing
- Location (nearest city): Chicago, IL

I am selling because a year ago I decided to start learning piano, and I have since not touched a guitar. I will be listing a Kenny Hill Signature model (2013) soon as well.

This is an amazingly crafted, beautiful instrument by Kris Barnett, a talented young luthier based in Berlin. Number 87 has a gorgeous, solid Engelmann Spruce top (not a double-top), with Ziricote back and sides. The top bracing is Kris' custom "phi" fan bracing. The arched, braceless back is comprised of 7 layers of Ziricote, giving the guitar terrific volume and projection, as well making for a slightly heavier guitar. The tone is well balanced across all registers, yielding a beautiful sound with deep basses and bright trebles. The neck is Spanish Cedar with an Ebony fingerboard, and a Rosewood bridge. The top is French Polished, and the neck, back, and sides are finished with catalyzed lacquer. An elevated fingerboard gives you great access to all frets, and the tuners are beautiful Alessi tuners from Italy. Exquisitely crafted and meticulously assembled, this is a fine example of the work being done by this young luthier. The guitar includes a truss rod you can adjust the neck action as needed. Also included are a Kris Barnett removable magnetic armrest, an adjustable Kris Barnett magnetic guitar support, a Planet Waves soundhole guitar humidifier, and a hardshell case with built-in hygrometer. Kris has a three-year waiting list that continues to grow, so if you've been thinking about getting your hands on a phenomenal Kris Barnett instrument, this is your opportunity to bypass the long wait!
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Nova3385
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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Nova3385 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:03 pm

Hey Edward,

I'm in Chicago and an in the market for a new guitar. I'd love to check this out and the Hill. Where in Chicagoland are you located?

-Matt Woodhead

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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Edward Aviza » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:17 pm

Hello Matt, please check your inbox, I've replied via private message. Thanks!
2005 Kenneth Hill Signature double-top, spruce face, 7-fan
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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Fernandosaurusrex » Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:13 pm

Hi Edward,

I am interested in checking out both your KB and Hill guitars. Can you provide some additional information regarding the 2013 Hill (pictures, scale, condition, etc.)?

Weekends are preferable, as I'm a college student and coming from MN.

Cheers,

Chad

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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Edward Aviza » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:04 pm

Hello Chad, I will post a separate listing for the Hill guitar later today.
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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Fernandosaurusrex » Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:33 pm

Great.

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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Nova3385 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:05 pm

I had a chance to play the Barnett and both of the Hills. They are all great guitars and I'm still trying to decide if one of them is in my future.

The Barnett has great craftsmanship and beautiful woods. The raised fingerboard is a nice plus.

The two Kenny Hills are a spruce and a cedar. My preference was for the spruce but that's because I already have a cedar guitar and was listening for something different.

Ed is a really nice guy and let me hang out and play these for about an hour. Thanks Ed!

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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by Edward Aviza » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:46 pm

Nova3385 wrote:Ed is a really nice guy and let me hang out and play these for about an hour. Thanks Ed!
Thank you, Matt! I was nice to meet you, and it was a lot of fun to be able to hear these great guitars from the other side of the soundhole!

FYI, I just posted a listing for the Kenny Hill cedar top, I'll have to add some more detailed photos, but the information is all there.

:merci:
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Re: US $.4250 Kris Barnett #87, Engelmann Spruce, Chicago, IL

Post by UKsteve » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:14 am

Nova3385 wrote:The Barnett has great craftsmanship and beautiful woods.
I have never personally come across better woodworking skills than Kris'. A few have been his equal (e.g. Reynoso) but none better. Most have been worse.

I have #89 and am delighted with it. The luthier David Merrin played mine and the first thing he commented on was how high the standard of woodworking was, and David is no slouch himself!

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