Tony Karol

Biography

A life long pursuit ….. At age 12, I began to play the guitar, something I fell in love with immediately. Thirty-plus years later, I still enjoy playing and learning all I can. It wasn’t long before I wanted a better instrument than I had, but couldn’t afford to buy one. With the help of my high school wood-shop teacher I made an electric guitar body, and used a bolt-on neck I already had to complete the instrument. I had found my passion in life – building and modifying guitars to achieve the utmost in appearance and performance.

It was a few years later that I first saw a Larrivee acoustic guitar – a handmade cutaway model with astonishing inlay work done by Jean’s wife Wendy. Beyond the look and beauty of the guitar, I was taken more so by the sound – it was stunningly beautiful. It played like a dream with its smooth low action – unlike most other acoustic steel strings I had ever played. I knew that someday I had to have one. I knew that someday I would build one …

Building all instruments solo in my shop, I create between 8 and 10 works of art per year. I make each guitar one at a time, carefully selecting and shaping each part to bring the best out of the materials chosen.

 

Stocklist

J 45 Slope

Adirondack Top, Cocobolo Back and Sides, Cut-Away, Arm Rest, 24.75 ” Scale,Honduran Mahogany Neck,Ebony Fingerboard, 1 ¾ ” Bone Nut,  25.4″  Scale Length, , Mitred Purfling at the Backstrip and Tail wedge, Ebony Binding, Armrest and Headplates, Red Abalone Karol “K” Logo, Polished Bone Saddle,

new with warranty
arriving next week

Signature

Flamed Koa, Top, Back, Sides, Cut-Away, Arm Rest, 12th Fret Island Inlay, Honduran Mahogany Neck,Ebony Fingerboard, 1 ¾ ” Bone Nut,  25.4″  Scale Length, , Mitred Purfling at the Backstrip and Tail wedge, Ebony Binding, Armrest and Headplates, Red Abalone Karol “K” Logo, Polished Bone Saddle,

new with warranty
arriving next week

OOO

Master Grade Lutz Spruce Top, Vintage European Maple Back, Sides, 12 Frets to Neck, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Karol Arm Rest, Ebony Fingerboard, 1 ¾ ” Bone Nut,  25.4″  Scale Length, , Mitred Purfling at the Backstrip and Tail wedge, Ebony Binding, Armrest and Headplates, Red Abalone Karol “K” Logo, Polished Bone Saddle, African Blackwood Bridge with Ebony Pins, Gotoh 510 Tuners

new with warranty
arriving summer 2017

The Light Vader #2 : “Rei”

Master Grade Lutz Spruce Top, Vintage European Maple Back, Sides, Multi-Scale, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Karol Arm Rest, Ebony Fingerboard 25.25″ – 26.5″ Scale Length, Parallel 7’th Fret, Top Braces: Adirondack Spruce, Back Braces: Englemann Spruce, Offset Cocobolo Rosette with Red Abalone Rings, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Mitred Back Strip and Tail Wedge, 1 ¾” Polished Bone Nut, 2 3/16 ” with Ebony Pins, Polished 3/16″  Wide Bone Saddle, Cosmo Black Gotoh 510 tuners

new with warranty
 arriving summer 2017

Custom Order

Symphontree Music has two custom order slots available for winter 2017.

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Location

Tony Karol’s shop is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

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The Brazen

German Spruce Top , Curly Honduran Mahogany Back, Sides and Neck,Ebony Fingerboard, 1 ¾ ” Bone Nut,  25.4″  Scale Length, Sound Port with Blue/Orange Veneered Reinforcement, Australian Blackwood Rosette with Awabi Shell, Black, Blue and Orange Purfling, Mosaic Backstrip, Mitred Purfling at the Backstrip and Tail wedge, Ziricote Binding, Armrest and Headplates, Red Abalone Karol “K” Logo, Polished Bone Saddle, African Blackwood Bridge with Ebony Pins, Gotoh 510 Tuners

The Lion

Curly Sitka Spruce Top, Figured African Mahogany Back and Sides, Signature XL body, 16 5/8″ Lower Bout, Brazilian Rosewood Rosette Ring, Mosaic Backstrip, Mitred Back and Side Purfling Lines, Mini Armrest, Sideport, African Blackwood Binding, Bridge, Madagascar rosewood head plates, Honduran mahogany neck, bound ebony fingerboard with maple purfling line, 28.44 inch scale length, 1 ¾ nut,  3/16 wide bone saddle, K&K power mix pickup system with internal mount preamp, volume controls accessed thru side port, Gold with black composite button Gotoh 510 tuners

“The Light Vader” Signature Model

Master Grade Sinker Redwood TopReserve Grade Cocobolo Back and Sides, African Blackwood Binding, Head plate, Laskin Armrest, and bridge, Multiscale Ebony Fingerboard, 25.25″ – 26.5″ Parallel 7’th Fret, Top Braces: Adirondack Spruce, Back Braces: Englemann Spruce, Offset Cocobolo Rosette with Red Abalone Rings, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Mitred Back Strip and Tail Wedge, 1 ¾” Polished Bone Nut, 2 3/16 ” with Ebony Pins, Polished 3/16″  Wide Bone Saddle, Cosmo Black Gotoh 510 tuners, K&K Pure Western Mini Pickup Installed

Karol “Solo

AAAAA Sitka Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Ebony Fretboard and bridge, Arm Bevel, venetian Cut-away, Brazilian Rosewood Head-plate as well as back plate (looks like a feather quill), Gotoh 510’s, 16 1/2 Bout, Green Abalone/ rosewood Rosette, 26” Scale length

OOO

Adirondack Top, Amazon Rosewood Back and Sides, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Madagascar Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge, 1 ¾” Bone Nut width,  Adirondack Braces in Advanced X Design, Armrest, Bound in Curly Koa, Koa Binding, 14 Fret Neck Joint, 24.9 ” Scale, Mitred Purfling Lines, Hand Cut Wide Green Abalone Rosette, Koa Headplates, Gotoh 510 all Gold Tuners, Bone Nut, Saddle and Bridge pins      

Karol Solo Baritone

Red Cedar Top, Flamed Claro Walnut Back and Sides Venetian Cutaway, Laskin Armrest,  Claro Walnut Offset Rosette with Red Abalone Rings, Black/Red/Black Mitred Purfling Lines, Wood Mosaic Back-strip, Honduran Mahogany Neck, 28.44 scale Length, 1 ¾ Bone Nut, African Blackwood Bindings, Headplates, Armrest and Bridge, 3/16 Intonated Bone Saddle, Ebony Bridge Pins with Abalone Dots, Ebony Fingerboard, Bound with Maple Purfling Line and Ebony Binding, 12th fret Dragonfly Inlay, Green Abalone and Black Mother of Pearl, Gold/Ebonoid Gotoh 510 Tuners

OO

Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top, Master Grade Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides, Pyramid Bridge, Headstock Veneers, African Blackwood Fretboard, 24.9″ Scale Length, Curly Koa Binding, Thuya Burl with Green Abalone Rings Rosette, Ebony Pins with Green Abalone Dots, Gotoh 700 Series in Antiqued Gold, 2 3/16 ” Polished Bone Saddle, 1 13/16″ Polished Mother of Pearl Nut, Pau Shell Back-Strip, Hunduran Mahogany Neck, Adirondack Spruce Braces on Top, Engelmann/Sitka Spruce Braces on Back, 13 Frets To Body, Slot head Headstock, Karol Custom Ameritage Case

Karol OOO

AAA Adirondack Top, Mild Flamed Hunduran Mahogany Back and Sides, Neck, 24.9″ Scale, Brazilian Rosewood Bridge, Headstock Veneers, Red Abalone Headstock Inlay, Madagascar Rosewood Fretboard and Fretboard Binding, Gold Gotoh 510’s, 2 1/4″ String Spacing, Polished Bone Saddle and End Pins, 1 3/4″ Polished Bone Nut, Thuya Burl Rosette with Red Abalone Rings, Red Accents with Black Purfling on Top, Maple Purfling on Back, Adirondack Spruce Braces on Top, Engelmann Spruce Braces on Back, 14 Frets To Body, Karol Custom TKL Case

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