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Jakob Poljakoff is a young Luthier from Dortmund, Germany, actually with 33 years of Age probably one of the youngest independent luthiers in Europe. Jakob has been building guitars for several years, and the expert opinion is that he's working on a very high level (please have a look at the Peter Finger Video below and judge for yourself) His guitars have typical European modest looks but playing them will make a big impression on every player, you immediately notice the unique character and impressive tonal qualities that reminded me of Stefan Sobell guitars, and his detailing is miraculous.
One of the eye-catching innovative details is the carved rounded headstock, stylish and comfortable - and the complexity of the headstock construction where the head is - Stauffer style- glued on the neck using a complex wedge, actually a better sustaining and more solid construction, but too much work in general for factory made guitars, and only seen now and then on Luthier made guitars. Also noteworthy is the raised fretboard, a technique more often used in classical guitars, but perfectly in place on this instrument. The S style Body is a only 5mm smaller compared to the general OM size body, with similar depth, so I think it's fair to state this is a OM-size body. This guitar is made with a rarely seen custom option, and that's the Shellac/French polish finish that shows the impressive high level Jakob is working on. French polishing consists of applying many thin coats of shellac dissolved in alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with oil, it takes several days to apply the Shellac. French polish is a process, not a material, and it's only the gifted Luthiers who master the process. The quality of Jakob's French polish, is among the best we ever seen and that's only one of the reasons we consider Jakob Poljakoff one of the greatest Luthier talents of near future.
This guitar is made with the finest Indian rosewood. The top is made of the finest quality mastergrade alpine spruce.The Poljakoff S-1 model is a graceful and understated beauty and a masterpiece of artistry. Perfectly mastered inside and out. Every brace inside is sanded perfectly and every cosmetic detail is simply perfectly detailed. Other features: Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard and both bound with ebony and paired to a maple purfling, a nice detail is the Polished Ebony string through bridge. The perfectionist Jakob is, has supplied a small piece of custom fit leather to protect the surface when changing strings. Both use of hot hide glue (when better) and cold glue construction (when better) are integral part of Jakobs work. The comfortable 45mm (1 3/4") neck is paired to a perfect 57mm (2 1/4") string-spacing at the bridge, very suitable for fingerstyle players, but not too wide, and also suitable for strumming and picking. This guitar is all about sound. On first stroke you hear it's very special and the massive tone and impressive projection with great bottom end will please the player.
|Body||Solid Indian Rosewood|
|Neck Material||Solid Mahogany|
|Scale Length||650mm (25,6")|
|Nut width||45mm (1,8")|
|String spacing||57mm (2 1/4")|
|Comes with||Hiscox hardshell case|
|Remarks||New Guitar with Limited Lifetime Guarantee|