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The Pederson Hand Made Archtop Advantage...

The Pederson NSII is a 13" Jazz/rock arch top designed guitar. At 13" this guitar is a little bit smaller than the Drea Armani — the NSII is perfect for the performing musician. An immediately noticeable aspect of this guitar is its precise design and set up — its quality and its big open sounds. It is the state-of-the-art guitar in its genre. Producing a BIG well-rounded sound for its size, it will appeal to not only the modern alternative rock player but to the jazz players as well. If you journey from jazzy tones to hot rock leads you'll want this guitar to take you there.

The main difference between the NSII and the J2 is that the NSII is a symmetrically shaped body. Also, with the NSII, it seems the players are choosing more of the maples, although Koa is still a standard bearing choice too. With either a quilted maple top and back or a Koa top and back, the NSII's beauty and tones are easy to see and hear. This guitar "bleeds" boutique tone.

The NSII is a well-designed guitar, allowing your hands to naturally gravitate towards the picking and strumming positions. It has perfect balance and is not neck heavy like many of its non-competitors. This balance is important to reducing player fatigue and improves with how you interact with the guitar. You want this guitar to be ONE with you for the maximum playing experience...for as many hours as you like.

Again, the voice of the guitar is its selling character. The highs and mids come off the guitar with authourity, yet they do not over power the full rich bass notes. There is a plethora of tones produced by the Koa carved top and you'll notice its big voice and even bigger response.

The NSII's response to your playing is the key element it its relationship with you. As your fingers manipulate the notes you'll notice that there is an ambiance around the NSII. It responds with its own personality to your light touch and playing style with tonal balance and note-to-note richness. Responsiveness and sustain are intertwined in the voice of this guitar and the NSII's tones are typified by a powerful output that is saturated with rich sustain. If you play a guitar that better responds to your playing, you will have to struggle less with the guitar, your playing will improve and this guitar will take you to newer heights.

 

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NSII ARCHTOP GUITAR FEATURES

  • Laminated mahogany neck
  • 25” scale
  • 24 frets
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 6 in-line headstock or 3x3
  • Ebony headstock overlay
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Medium-soft C carve, approx. 13/16" thick at the nut
  • Ebony bridge base
  • Ebony bridge
  • Ebony pickup surrounds
  • Ebony arch top tailpiece
  • Bone saddle
  • Bone nut

Actual dimensions may vary if customizing guitar.

 

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Finding Your Favorite Wood

The best part of the arch top journey is selecting your favorite woods to bring your dream guitar to life. The current reigning back and side wood choice seems to be flamed or quilted maple, but is not limited to this.

Koa and walnut have been used successfully and are also a very popular choice. Maples lend themselves to the transparent color finishes. And for centuries spruce has been used as a top wood in many instruments — with that as your option — you will be taken to new sonic heights. Call for pricing on alternate wood option packages.

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QUILTED TOP PACKAGE

KOA PACKAGE

  • Select Koa top, back, sides and neck laminations with 1/8" accent strip

FLAMED MAPLE PACKAGE

  • Flamed maple top, back, sides and neck lamination with 1/8" accent strip

WALNUT PACKAGE

  • Walnut top, back, sides and neck laminations with 1/8" accent strip

MAHOGANY PACKAGE

  • Mahogany back, sides and neck with a flamed top
 
     
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Fine Fingerboards

The fingerboard on all Pederson Custom arch tops is ebony. Ebony is a hard and dense material and is the perfect selection for fingerboards due to its durability. It also makes a great background for custom inlay. Many players also like the blank fingerboard look for that all black appearance.

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APPOINTMENTS

  • Black/white/black binding top
  • Black/white/black binding back
  • Black/white/black binding fingerboard
  • Black/white/black binding f-holes
  • Black/white/black binding headstock
  • Ebony fingerboard
 
     
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Elegant Headstock and Premium Electronics

Most players prefer the 3X3 headstock with the more symmetrical NSII body shape, just be informed that you can select the 6 in line headstock at no extra charge — they are interchangeable. We use Gotoh 510’s as a standard tuner choice and with a 18:1 ratio — fine tuning your NSII is accurate, dependable and quick.

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BODY CHOICES

  • NSII
  • J2

HEADSTOCK CHOICES

  • Six in line headstock
  • 3 per side

HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS

  • Ebony tuner buttons
  • Gotoh 510 Chrome tuners
  • Seymour Duncan 59' Bridge
  • Seymour Duncan 59' Neck
  • Chrome covers
  • Master volume/pull is coil tap
  • Master tone
  • Chrome 3 way pickup selector
 
     
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Bridge & Tailpiece Details

On all our arch top guitars, we use ebony for the bridge, bridge base and tailpiece. Ebony gives our bone saddle a rigid dense material to be coupled to, which heightens the sense of the strings vibrations to the guitar's top — creating a robust tone unique to Pederson Custom Guitars. Our bone saddle is compensated, similar to an acoustic guitar – this gives the NSII and all our arch tops that boutique 'Bone Tone'. The bone nut is also standard selection. Optional is the metal T-O-M style bridge.

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HARDWARE & ELECTRONICS

  • Ebony tuner buttons
  • Gotoh 510 Chrome tuners
  • Seymour Duncan 59' Bridge
  • Seymour Duncan 59' Neck
  • Chrome covers
  • Master volume/pull is coil tap
  • Master tone
  • Chrome 3 way pickup selector
 
     
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Finishing Touches

The NSII's body design is symmetrical in shape and that is a distinctive trait shown in these pictures. This guitar is well balanced, light and masterly constructed. The action is fast and the neck is very comfortable allowing for hours of blissful playing.

Many custom options including bursting, wood bindings, wood purflings, abalone bindings, inlay, wood pickup covers, different back and sides woods, maple laminations are available. The sky is literally the limit. Pick and chose what you want and let me know.

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BODY DETAILS

  • Laminated mahogany neck
  • 25” scale
  • 24 frets
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Medium-soft C carve, approx. 13/16" thick at the nut

Actual dimensions may vary if customizing guitar.

 
     
 

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