very unique 1999 Baranik Size 0 "42" style appointments,
First, Some Background--Mike
started making guitars after attending the Roberto-Venn
School of Luthiery in 1993. After briefly teaching for the
school and working for a Phoenix custom guitar shop, he
started Baranik Guitars in 1995. Today Mike handcrafts
about 24 guitars per year at his climate controlled shop in
"Baranik Guitars strives for a simple, elegant style where
the beauty of the wood is the visual focus. The models in
the line are derived from classic shapes that have been
altered and adjusted to improve playability, volume, and
tone. Each neck is reinforced with a dual adjustable truss
rod and graphite rods for increased strength and sustain."
Immaculate fit &
finish and attention to detail are only a few of the
characteristics of Mike's instruments.
This parlor guitar is a fine showcase of Mike's superior
work, and was built to replicate a Martin 0-42.
This beautifully Ornate,
true to Martin 0-42 original, Baranik Parlor
Guitar is in excellent condition. Best of all, it
sounds and plays as beautifully as it looks.
From what I can tell, comparing it to my 1905 Martin
0-28 it is accurate to the Martin 0 size and vintage
bracing. The Body is 19 1/8 x 4 3/16" deep, with a
2-piece curved Back. The Lower Bout is 13 3/4".
The Solid Adirondack Spruce top contributes to the
balanced, clear, sustaining tone of this beautiful guitar.
The Indian rosewood is more Brazilian in looks and color,
in my opinion. It's a very fine guitar and an
unrivaled travel guitar. No issues storing this one
in an airplane's overhead luggage compartment. If
your flight is delayed...no problem, pull this baby out and
watch the hours turn in to minutes at the airport--so cool!
The Baggs, undersaddle pickup does a great job amplifying
the tone of this guitar, especially handy for unexpected
The finish throughout is flawless except for 3 very fine
short finish checks near the pickguard. I could not
pick these up with a camera, and can only see them in
certain lighting conditions--ie., bright reflective
The Bridge is the vintage Martin pyramid style, The
action is stellar--nice and low with no buzzing--a dream to
play. The two-piece Back, though Indian rosewood,
looks like beautifully Brazilian.
. The Ebony Fingerboard, which is fully bound, measures
1 13/16" wide at the Nut.
The slotted Headstock has a Pearl "B" inlaid at its top.
The Tuning Machines, are vintage style nickel Waverlys.
1999 Baranik Parlor Guitar Specs
Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
Adirondack Spruce Top
12 Frets to the Body
Abalone Top Border that extends around Neck on Soundboard
Ebony Fingerboard w/Snowflake inlay at 5,7,9,12 and 15th
Ebony Pyramid Bridge
Ivoroid Bindings on Body, Neck and Headstock
Slotted Headstock w/ Waverly Tuners 1 13/16" nut width; 2
1/4" string spacing at the saddle.
Baggs Ribbon Transducer Pick-up installed. OHSC included