“Art” and “Theme” guitars are nothing new to Philadelphia master luthier, Bill Comins. His Aperture guitar for the Fisher portrait collection several years ago and the glorious Peter Max archtop that was auctioned for charity in NYC last year are perfect examples. But, this time we think he has outdone himself. He was commissioned by a South Carolina collector to come up with an archtop based on an early 20th century beer hall and entertainment center in Chicago that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Its name was Midway Gardens and it was a monumental accomplishment to build.
Well, Bill’s archtop build was no less monumental. Using photos provided by the customer, Bill was able to utilize many of Wright’s architectural designs throughout. The inlay work is staggering. We aren’t able to post all of the photos so take a trip to Bill Comins’ Facebook to see all of them. You can also read all about the Midway Gardens. It’s quite a story. You can get to his Facebook from his website where you will find more incredible archtops.
Body Width: 16”
- Scale Length: 25″
- Nut Width: 1 3/4″
- Master Grade Spruce Top
- Highly Figured Maple Back & Sides
- Headstock: Quarter-sawn Oak
- Tailpiece: Quarter-sawn Oak and Ebony
- Pickguard: Ebony
- Binding: Quarter-sawn Oak
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Kent Armstrong Custom Floating Pickup
- Gold Plated Tuning Machines With Ebony Buttons