Mike Lipe was a master guitar luthier, a former Fender, Yamaha and Hofner employee, he was one of the founding master builders for the Ibanez Custom Shop in the USA. After building guitars for Brian May, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Carlos Santana he formed Lipe Guitars in California.
The Virtuoso is his take on the Classic S shape. With a majestic Koa top this guitar is not just incredible to look at, it sounds amazing too. Koa is considered by many to be the pinnacle of acoustic guitar tonewoods, with its rich wood aesthetic and sweet, complex and crystal clear tones it is easy to see why players favour it.
The neck is incredible, the Rosewood fingerboard especially offering a great platform at either end of the neck. The 12" radius gives it a familiar feel and a great underhand position.
Loaded with Amalfitano pickups, a humbucker a the bridge and a mini humbucker at the neck, this guitar kicks out delicious boutique tones in any position. Amalfitano are some of the most highly regarded of all USA crafted boutique pickups, and on the strength of this guitar you can see why!
This guitar is used but in fantastic condition, aside from a few very minor surface scratches and a small ding on the back radius by the jack socket it is excellent and ready to be a worthy part of any collection.