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Half Note

The Maxey Archtops Half Note is a 17” jazz guitar. Each hand carved spruce top is individually crafted for acoustic quality. The process creates a complex tone that will respond to your playing, while surrounding the fundamental pitch with overtones and beautiful sustain.

The back wood is hand carved book matched flame maple, shaped to resonate. The sides are bent matching flame maple. The guitar has a 3” depth in the tradition of some of the most important guitars in jazz history.

Construction method is at the center of the Maxey Archtops approach. Hand crafted instruments are one of a kind and made specifically to order. Our luthiers shape the materials to emphasize the strengths of the woods, making each guitar’s tone vibrant, and finished with nitrocellulose lacquer. The Half Note is as unique as the musician who plays it. A responsive and inspiring guitar becomes a part of your voice and approach to your music. It is an extension of the guitarist’s creativity and helps the player to tell their own story.

Maxey Archtops is the collaborative archtop division of Phred Instruments. Our guitars are hand crafted by a master lutheir shop overseas. Our makers are artisan builders in a long and historic line of finely crafted Chinese arts and bring a timeless and unique quality to each masterfully built instrument. They are responsible for the woodwork, gluing and Nitro finish of the Half Note. The design, electronics assembly, fretwork, hardware and setup is done in Los Angeles, CA, USA. 

Josh Maxey is based in Denver, CO. You can make an appointment to play a MA guitar locally. Josh is a jazz guitarist. You’ll find 10+ albums under his name and on NYC jazz label, Miles High Records. His music has been played around the world on jazz radio. Josh teaches full time online private lessons and group classes as a part of his Guitar Heads School as well as being the creator of Phish Guitar Heads, an online guitar study community with 2700+ members.

 

Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on a Half Note pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$2,729.00

R2 Flame Maple

The Phred Instruments R2 is a small body archtop guitar Hand Made in California: carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow. No details were spared in the making of R2.


Features a hand carved flame maple top, back, and padauk sides.


Additional features include a high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, 14" radius, 1 11/16" nut width.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


R2 is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.

The first production run will begin around July/August 2021.

 


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an R2 pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$5,929.00

R2 Flame Maple/Padauk

The Phred Instruments R2 is a small body archtop guitar Hand Made in California: carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow. No details were spared in the making of R2.


Features a hand carved flame maple top, padauk back, and padauk sides.


Additional features include a high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, 14" radius, 1 11/16" nut width.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


R2 is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an R2 pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$5,929.00

R2 Koa

The Phred Instruments R2 is a small body archtop guitar Hand Made in California: carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow. No details were spared in the making of R2.


Featuring a hand carved koa top, back, and sides.


The body, f-holes, neck and headstock are bound.


Additional features include a high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, 14" radius, 1 11/16" nut width.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


R2 is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an R2 pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$6,429.00

R2 Walnut

The Phred Instruments R2 is a small body archtop guitar Hand Made in California: carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow. No details were spared in the making of R2.


Featuring a hand carved figured claro walnut top, back, and side.


Neck: Curly eastern maple with padauk center lamination.


Adironadack spruce top braces.


The body, f-holes, neck and headstock are bound.


Additional features include a high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, 14" radius, 1 11/16" nut width.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


R2 is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an R2 pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$5,929.00

Reprise

The Phred Instruments Reprise is a small body archtop guitar: hand built, carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow.


Featuring
a hand carved flame maple top, spruce back, and mahogany sides, the body is bound in mahogany on the top, back, and sides.


The flame maple neck with an ebony fingerboard is also bound by mahogany, and the mahogany binding goes all the way around the headstock.


Additional features include a nitro glossy finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, and a arch top style neck joint.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


Our small team of expert luthiers overseas build jazz arch top guitars and every detail of Reprise is drawn from that tradition.


Reprise is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.

 


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an Reprise pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$2,429.00

Reprise Dark Amber

The Phred Instruments Reprise is a small body archtop guitar: hand built, carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow.


Featuring
a hand carved flame maple top, spruce back, and mahogany sides, the body is bound in mahogany on the top, back, and sides.


The flame maple neck with an ebony fingerboard is also bound by mahogany, and the mahogany binding goes all the way around the headstock.


Additional features include a nitro glossy finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, and a arch top style neck joint.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


Our small team of expert luthiers overseas build jazz arch top guitars and every detail of Reprise is drawn from that tradition.


Reprise is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.

 


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an Reprise pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$2,429.00

Reprise Koa

The Phred Instruments Reprise Koa is a small body archtop guitar: hand built, carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow.


Featuring
a hand carved koa top, koa back, and mahogany sides, the body is bound in maple on the top, back, and sides.


The flame maple neck with an ebony fingerboard is also bound by maple, and the maple binding goes all the way around the headstock.


Additional features include a nitro glossy finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, and a arch top style neck joint.


Electronics
include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.


Our small team of expert luthiers overseas build jazz arch top guitars and every detail of Reprise Koa is drawn from that tradition.


Reprise Koa is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well. 


Note: Reprise Koa photos represent one particular Reprise Koa from the production run. 


Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an Reprise pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.

$2,929.00

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