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You're viewing a Crafter Mini RF40E travel guitar in tobacco sunburst finish. This is one of two of these pleasant little guitars I sold on ebay. I wish now I'd kept one of them, but at the time I just had too many instruments and no space for them. Both were superb for the price I originally paid. ($80 each on the old Digi-bid auction site.)
This very well-made little guitars come
with a passive piezo pickup under the bridge. They have volume and tone controls mounted
in a plastic panel on the upper side. The have solid spruce tops and rosewood fingerboards
on a mahogany neck. The top is bound in off-white. The rosette and purfling have
matching thin black and white layers.
This is a very compact guitar with a body shape reminiscent of the old 1920s parlor guitars, but it is a full 25-inch scale instrument. It measures 36 inches long overall, and 13-1/2 inches across the lower bout.
The back and sides of this Korean-made
guitar are of fiberglass construction amazingly similar to Ovation/Applause guitars. There
has been more than one back silhouette during various production runs of this guitar. I
had one of each. This one has a rounded, slightly pear-shaped back that's deeper at the
lower bout. The external texturing on the black fiberglass backs is absolutely identical
to the Ovation acoustic/electric bass i owned at the time. Interestingly, even the oval
orange label bears a striking resemblance to the Ovation label.