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D. Jennings

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That was the second scroll Hoffman made while living in Florida in 1988 just before leaving to work with Eric Aceto at Ithaca Guitar Works. It has a European spruce top with carved scroll and Dalbergia Cubilquinthinsis (Guatemalan rosewood) back and sides. Hoffman also made a twin of this instrument at the time using the same materials, but without the scroll.

In an e-mail to the present owner Hoffman described how he got the inspiration for this model:

I was looking at a book of guitars one day in the library and was stunned to encounter a pic of a Gibson Harp guitar ...and I mean stunned! I spent months drawing and designing this model on the dining room table only by the length of the woods I had on hand to carve. The bracing inside is a radial pattern that I developed from the very earliest days of my career, and I stand by it to this day.

Hoffman also described how Duke Robillard played this guitar on a visit to Ithaca Guitar Works

I remember one Friday nite in particular at the Guitar Works, working alone on the night shift, Duke Robillard came in and sat down with that guitar and played it into the ground for about three hours ...he couldn´t put it down. I´ll always hold that memory as one of my musical highlights.

Hoffman told how the guitar ended up in the collection of archtop guitar collector Scott Chinery:

Scott Chinery was collecting and advertising for American instruments and so I sent him a postcard of it ...his people called me up and I went to visit him and was treated to a tour of his mansion and collection and even got to sit in the original BatMobile ...he bought it instantly, without even asking what I wanted.

Following Chinery's tragic early death in 2000 at the age of 40, the collection went to the Smithsonian and some of the instruments eventually appeared on the market The current owner bought it in 2010.