1996 Thomas Humphrey "Millennium"
1996 Thomas Humphrey “Millennium” Model (U.S.A.), 650 mm, 52 mm nut with strings spaced 42 mm on centers, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood sides and back, original finish of lacquer sides, back and neck and french polished top, ex collection Sergio Assad via his student Scott Kale. The ‘Millennium” model of the late Thomas Humphrey revived the 19th century idea of the raised fingerboard and has found favor among many contemporary touring professionals because of the easier access to the upper fretboard. This feature is now a mainstream option for players who like the feel of the raised fingerboard. Among the Humphrey Millennium’s we have handled in the past, this instrument is clearly the best preserved and best sounding of them all. The condition is mint and the huge sound and easy action are perfect for concertizing. The Brazilian rosewood sides and back are perfectly selected, tom obtained his stock from old supplies originall purchased by the C. F. Martin Company in the 1950’s and ’60’s. The spruce looks to be the very best European variety, perfectly quartered, and the bridge and saddle are set at just the right height, a detail difficult to control with raised fingerboard models. The initials "MC" on the label are those of his wife Marta, who assisted Tom in his lutherie. If you have been searching for the ultimate raised fingerboard Humphrey Millennium, this is the guitar. $15,000