Maxey Archtops Half Note

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Maxey Archtops is the collaborative archtop division of Phred Instruments. We design hand crafted, all carved woods, made to order guitars that are meant to inspire in their attention to physical beauty as well as give the next level of response, overtones and tone that only a luthier made instrument can provide. The sale is direct to customer which keeps the cost very affordable compared to similar options. Our construction methods are based on the rich traditions of archtop history. The build is world class and inspires music to jump out of the guitar. 

Specs and ordering info below.


Body: 17"

Depth: 3"

Frets: 22 Jumbo Frets

Top: Hand Carved Spruce

Back: Hand Carved Flame Maple

Sides: Bent Flame Maple

Binding: Flame Maple

Nut: Bone

Pick Up: Seymour Duncan 59' Neck Postion

Fingerboard: Ebony

Inlays: Pearloid MA Inlays 

Tuning Buttons: Ebony

Pickguard: Ebony

Tailpiece: Ebony

Tuning Machines: Schaller M6

Bridge Base: Ebony with Inlay

Bridge: Gotoh Tune-O-Matic


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.

The archtop is embedded in the creative DNA of both guitar history and jazz history, the US’s most beautiful original artform. The guitar plays the role of medium for the musician as well as a participant. At their best, the look and feel of a great instrument makes one anticipate that when they pick up the guitar they will be inspired. The best guitars can help us find ourselves and our sound amongst the notes. A great instrument helps us tell our own story, as we all have a unique and meaningful one to tell.