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1998 Valley Arts Custom Line Limited M Series T-Style Thinline Guitar Violin Burst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1998 Valley Arts Custom Line Limited M Series T-Style Thinline electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Originally founded in North Hollywood in the 1970s, Valley Arts began producing custom instruments from scratch by the end of the decade, attracting the attention of Los Angeles' studio musicians and Jazz players. This particular T-Style Thinline model was produced in Japan after the brand was sold to Samick, featuring premium tonewoods, quality construction, USA-made electronics, and herringbone binding on the top and headstock framing the dark Violin Burst gloss finish.

The tonewood complement includes a figured quilted maple top, carved and contoured ash body, and a maple neck capped with a thick slab ebony fingerboard. The natural acoustic tone of the instrument is balanced, sparkling and sweet, qualities which translate faithfully via the pickup pair. The neck position Dimarzio PAF humbucker features a double cream bobbin, delivering an articulate, full-sounding tone and metering at 8k ohms. The overwound black bobbin flat-pole bridge position single coil pairs well with the humbucker in terms of perceived output, dishing out treble-centric snap and chewy twang, metering at 7.2k ohms. The guitar weighs 8lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 9-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C shape at the nut with a subtly asymmetrical carve that offers more shoulder on the bass-side, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The thick slab 22 fret ebony fingerboard retains the original flawless medium jumbo frets which have well-rounded crowns and plenty of meat. The scale length measures 25 1/2", and the polished ebony nut is a full 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face is framed with herringbone binding, featuring Valley Arts-branded gold Gotoh tuning machines and an embossed serial number.

All of the electronics function as intended, with ostensibly original full-size USA-made CTS pots which date to 1998. The control cavity also has a factory route for a 9V battery, not utilized with the passive pickup pair. The gold-plated hardware is clean, showing just a hint of patina on the corners of the bridge base, and more prominent wear through the plating on the tuner buttons and Tone knob. The ash body features very rounded back edges, with additional deep contouring at the neck heel for easy access to the highest frets. The lightly figured maple top is framed by herringbone binding, with additional cream binding on the F hole, accenting the dark Violin Burst gloss finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to some light finish scuffing on the treble side of the pick path, and a few additional faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the maple neck is flawless.

The original Valley Arts-branded padded gigbag is included.