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by Catfish Keith


Fairbanks F-10 NL
Dale Fairbanks is a hugely talented young luthier living and working in his own one-man shop in Connecticut.

 He is one of the true Kings of the New Golden Age of the acoustic guitar. His work is inspired by many of the great vintage designs of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. He is one of the few that takes the early Gibson and Stella designs and makes them as good, or, I think, even better than the old designs.

I recently had Dale make me an F-10 NL (pictured left), which is a gorgeous and improved version of the 12 fret Gibson Nick Lucas Special and L-1 models. What he did for me, on this guitar, inside, is use his own modified X-bracing instead of the original A or H ladder bracing of the originals. And made it closer to the L-1 depth.

The result is a singing, deep, rich tone with lots of bark and sustain and sparkle, perfect for my string twanging style. And the look is to die for! Dale really nails the vintage Gibson sunbursts, made the neck width and profile perfect for me. It really brings me back to my first good acoustic guitar, which was a late 20's "The Gibson" Nick Lucas Special. Except "The Fairbanks" is much better for me and has a full life ahead of it.

The beauty is, Dale can make each guitar perfectly suit each player, with custom neck profiles, neck widths, tonewoods, finishes, inlays, bindings, you name it.

 Dale was inspired as a youngster by Paul Geremia, myself, and other acoustic country blues players to pursue the mystery mojo elements that made the J-45, Nick Lucas, and Stella 12 Strings the magic instruments that they are. What he achieved brings all the power and beauty and knockout character of the great early designs and makes them even better.

Fairbanks Guitars are spectacular!




Above, Left: Catfish Keith playing a new Fairbanks F-35. Above, Right: Catfish playing a new Fairbanks F-10.



Buy Your Fairbanks Guitar Through Catfish

I am very honored to give his guitars my full endorsement and to offer them for sale, here. You can order any custom build and buy guitars that are already in stock, too. Make a deposit of half, get the guitar in process in approximately two to four months. Please enquire, orders and ETAs can change. Email or call 319-338-3614 with any questions!

Two Fairbanks Guitars NOW for sale, available to ship right now. More coming soon, Updated Jan. 29, 2017.


Fairabanks F-10~ F-10 $4950 IN STOCK NOW!
A masterpiece! 12 fret, Deep body based on a 1928 L-1 body shape. Beautiful aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Honduras Mahogany back sides and neck, Adirondack Spruce top and (different than the A-bracing of the early Gibsons), this has unscalloped, modified X bracing, which gives the guitar more sustain and clarity. Two way adjustable truss rod. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and. 1-3/4" nut. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dot inlays on fingerboard. Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. Comes with a Deluxe Cedar Creek hardshell case. (F-10 Pictured LEFT)

Video above!


















$5150 including shipping anywhere in USA or Canada.
Email or call with questions!

FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, w/ hard case and these options:




Fairbanks Django JumboFairbanks Django Jumbo: $5,650. IN STOCK NOW.
14 fret oval hole cutaway with black/white/black purfling.. Unique tortiose pickguard reflects the round curves of the big body, measuring 17" at the lower bout. Natural, figured Adirondack Spruce top and bracing. Honduras Mahogany back sides. Two way adjustable truss rod. Shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8" string spacing. Super cool arrowhead bridge. Ivoroid binding, plain fingerboard. Waverly tuners. Huge rich sound flies out of this one-of-a-kind guitar inspired by mysterious European luthiers of old. Comes with hard case.

$5850 includes shipping anywhere in USA or Canada. Email me or call with any questions!

FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, w/ hard case and these options:

Fairbanks Southern JumboFairbanks Southern Jumbo

F-45 Southern Jumbo: $5900. On Order, due March 2017!
14 fret, Deep body J-45-inspired slope-shouldered classic, complete with parallelogram inlays and stripey pickguard. Vintage Gibsonesque aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Honduras Mahogany back sides and neck, Red Spruce top and true-to-vintage  bracing. Two way adjustable truss rod. Fairbanks Southern JumboMadagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and pins. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8 string spacing at bridge. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dots on fingerboard. Modern C neck profile. Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. HONKIN' GREAT sound, it out performs most any vintage Gibson. Dale's guitars are in high demand, and you will love this one. I love Dale's work! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT)







F-30 Roy Smeck

 


F-30 Roy Smeck: $5,500. On Order, due in 2-4 months!
12 fret, Deep body Roy Smeck. Dale does a to-die-for burst, the best in the world, I think: a small aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Honduras Mahogany back sides and neck, Red Spruce top and unscalloped bracing. Two way adjustable truss rod. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and pins. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8 string spacing at bridge. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dots on fingerboard. Modern C neck profile. Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. These have a super rich whomp and beauty, hard to descibe how wonderful the Roy Smeck Fairbanks sounds and plays.. (Pictured LEFT)



















F-35
F-35 (J-35): $5,500.
Order now, due in 2-4 months.
14 fret: Mahogany back and sides, small sunbursted Red Spruce top and bracing. Modeled after Paul Geremia's J-35 with 3 tone bars and thin top. small aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Honduras Mahogany back sides and neck, Red Spruce top and unscalloped bracing. Two way adjustable truss rod. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and pins. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8 string spacing at bridge. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dots on fingerboard. Modern C neck profile.Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. Comes with hard case.

Fairbanks F-35 pictured LEFT and BELOW, with master luthier DALE FAIRBANKS, with the guitar that started it all.

Look at the top of this page to see video of CATFISH KEITH playing the F-35!

Luthier Dale Fairbanks with Fairbanks J-35
























Fairbanks F-10 for Catfish Keith
Catfish Keith with Fairbanks F-10 NL
Catfish Keith's F-10 NL left.




















LEFT: Catfish Keith plays his F-10 NL on tour worldwide.



Fairbanks Guitars on order now for 2017, include:
~ F-30 Smeck $5500
~ F-20 $5500
~ F-20 Gold Sparkle $5950
~ F-35 $5500 and more!


Please do inquire! Alright!


















Fairbanks F-35 Cypress
Order any of these models:
Sunburst or Natural finish is the same price. Prices are for Mahogany back and sides and Spruce top, unless noted. ETAs, please enquire.

F-10 (L-1): $4,650 2016 model IN STOCK NOW!
Django Jumbo: $5650 2015 prototype IN STOCK NOW!
F-10 NL:  $5900
F-20 (L-OO) : $5500 Order now, ready in 2-4 months.
F-20 NL : $5,900
F-20 (L-2) Gold Sparkle: $5900 Order now, ready in 2-4 months.
F-20/OO (Martin OO profile NL): $5900
F-30 (1934 Jumbo): $5900 due to full body burst
F-30 Roy Smeck: $5500 Order now, ready in 2-4 months.
F-35 (J-35): $5500 Order now ready in 2-4 months.
F-40 (J-185 Maple): $6250
C-20 (BBQ Bob 6 or 12 string): $5500
C-30 (Leadbelly 6 or 12): $5500

These are base prices and are subject to change. Ask about inlays, pickguards, finishes, neck widths, profiles, timeframes, etc.  Please email me or call me at 319-338-3614 for more information.

ABOVE LEFT: Black (Spanish) Cypress F-35.
 



Fairbanks F-20 Gold Sparkle
F-20 Gold Sparkle: $5750 SOLD, another due 2017.

FAIRBANKS F-20 GOLD SPARKLE
features an L-OO body shape, with Honduras Mahogany back and sides, a Red Spruce top, super cool raised pickguard, unscalloped tone bars, 2 way truss rod, Madigascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 24-3/4" scale length, 1-3/4 nut and 2-3/8" spacing at the bridge. Plus, the magic L-2-style Gold Sparkle purfling and binding on the top. Bone nut and saddle and pins. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dots on fingerboard. C neck profile.Waverly Ivoroid button tuners.  

Dale Fairbanks built one fantastic guitar here, it was a runaway hit of the Woodstock Luthier's Invitational Showcase this year, being called the best guitar there for fantastic classic country blues sound with great modern playability.

Fairbanks F-20 Gold Sparkle

























Fairbanks F-35 Cypress Front & Back

Black Cypress F-35: $5,450
 SOLD!
14 fret, with construction details modeled on Paul Geremia's vintage J-35. Red spruce top and bracing, 3 unscalloped tone bars. Spanish Cypress back and sides, which is sort of a cross between Mahogany and Maple, cypress creates a very immediate, dry tone. Translucent black stain all around with Firestripe pickguard, Ivoroid binding and beautiful headstock veneer. (Pictured LEFT).


























Fairbanks F-20


F-20 (L-OO): $5500 SOLD, another due 2017! 
Modeled after Dale's personal 1936 L-OO 14 fret. It has a small aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Honduras Mahogany back sides and neck, Red Spruce top and unscalloped bracing. Two way adjustable truss rod. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and pins. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8 string spacing at bridge. Ivoroid binding, MoP dots on fingerboard. Modern C neck profile. Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. (Pictured LEFT in Dale's workshop, this one now has a happy home in Alaska!)












Fairbanks Roy SmeckFairbanks Roy SmeckFairbanks Roy Smeck












~ Fairbanks F-30 Roy Smeck made with 130-year-old Honduras Mahogany $5700.
 SOLD!
Dale's superguitar made with the deep slope-shouldered dreadnaught design, 12 frets to the neck. Three tone bars and thin top. One of Dale's trademark gorgeous bursts: small aniline sunburst under shellac sealer and thin, nitrocellulose clear coat. Very special and rare 130-year-old Honduras Mahogany back, sides, and neck, with remarkable tone that Nashville's BOB MINNER (guitarist for Tim McGraw) said, "Geesh this is a great great box." Red Spruce top and unscalloped bracing. Two way adjustable truss rod. Madagascar Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bone nut and saddle and pins. 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8 string spacing at bridge. Ivoroid binding, Mother-of-Pearl dots on fingerboard. Modern C neck profile. Waverly Ivoroid button tuners. Comes with TKL hard case.

Fairbanks F-30 Roy Smeck Model pictured LEFT and ABOVE

Please ask me to email you a WAV file of this guitar being played! Email me at catfishkeith@catfishkeith.com
















Fairbanks Roy Smeck F-30Dakota Dave's Brazilian Roy Smeck










Dakota Dave Hull's Roy Smeck F-30 with Brazilian Rosewood back & sides and small burst.

LEFT: Fairbanks Roy Smeck F-30 with Mahogany back & sides and bigger burst.
An F-30 Smeck is due to be in stock in Sept. 2016, reserve it now!




David Gillis' 14 Fret Nick Lucas with Raised Pickguard
Fairbanks F-20 Red Burst





























ABOVE: Fairbanks F-20 Red Burst 13 Fret Nick Lucas with Brazilian Rosewood back & sides.

LEFT: David Gillis' 13 Fret Nick Lucas with Raised Pickguard.










Fairbanks Gold SparkleFiarbanks 13 Fret Nick Lucas


























LEFT: Gold Sparkle Binding on a Natural Spruce Top Fairbanks!

ABOVE: Fairbanks 13 Fret Nick Lucas. Wowwww!


Fairbanks F-40 Maple BackDakota Dave Hull's Fairbanks Maple Nick Lucas



Fairbanks Family





































ABOVE: Dakota Dave Hull's Beautiful custom figured Maple back & sides F-20

ABOVE LEFT: Back of a figured Maple F-40 (J-185). Hypnotizing!


































LEFT: Dale & Erin Fairbanks and two of their boys. They just had a third boy, Julian, on Jan. 28th, 2015! Congrats!!





Please, always feel free to 
email me, or call me at 319-338-3614. Always happy to help you.


    yours truly, Catfish Keith






Fairbanks Guitars Website
Dale Fairbanks Phone: 860-904-8808


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