1974 #1 Philip Kubicki "Brazilian Masterpiece"
1974 Philip Kubicki dreadnought #1. Constructed with incredibly straight-grained Brazilian back and sides, Sitka spruce top, mahogany rosewood and walnut four piece neck, ebony bridge and fingerboard, 25.5" scale length with a 1.72" nut width and 2.10" string spacing at the bridge, mother of pearl purfling on the top and back with matching oval pearl inlays on fingerboard, classical style rosette, Spanish heel, unique X brace pattern, relief carving on heel, headstock a d bridge, adjustable truss rod, individual and adjustable bone saddles, Schaller tuners, and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Kubicki is perhaps best known for his innovative work while employed by Fender from 1964-1973 where he worked under Roger Rossmeisl in the R&D department. After Rossmeisl left Fender Phil decided to move to Santa Barbra and start his own company. In 1978 Phil married Carla Collins and formed "Philip Kubicki Technology" making bodies, necks and custom guitars and later the Factor Bass line. During the years between Fender and "Philip Kubicki Technology" Phil built seven acoustic guitars one was made for Joni Mitchell along with a dulcimer and the other were for himself and his family. These have been retained by his estate since his passing in 2013. This guitar is labeled #1 April, 1974 made in his workshop on Paradise Road. The passion and innovation that Phil is renowned for is fully embodied by this masterpiece of an instrument. Phil cut his teeth in the guitar world building classical guitars and it was an early example of his work that got him hired at Fender as a 19 year old. The Spanish heel, rosette and marquetry present on this guitar are nods to his roots. The dreadnought design was the predominant style at the time but his take on it is all his own. The unique bridge design is both elegant and highly functional as each string can be compensated for ideal intonation. During his years in Santa Barbra Phil was friends with guitarist Jim Messina of Buffalo Springfield and Loggins and Messina. Messina would borrow Phil's personal guitars and this one was used on the song Pretty Princess from the Native Sons album. The guitar is in near new condition with only the faintest evidence of play over the years. The neck is a a wonderful D shaped with a consistent depth. The tone is very even and harmonically rich but unlike a Martin or Gibson. The unique mix of X and classical style brace pattern provides a well balanced and even tone on any part of the fretboard. This guitar is an incredible combination of unique, well made, historically interesting and a fine sounding and playing instrument! We are pleased to offer it here for sale. Included is a new hard case.