Michael Bashkin has been building a name for himself by providing fingerstyle guitarists with attractive instruments featuring distinctive design elements like his signature headstock, bridge, and volute. This cedar/mahogany OM sized Placencia model was built with the fingerstyle player in mind. It has a dark, warm tone with a more balanced, modern voicing. The koa purfling with rosewood binding adds an especially nice, organic touch. Unfortunately, the original owner lived in a very dry area of Colorado, and discovered that the guitar had developed soundboard separations on either side of the fingerboard from lack of humidity after spending a few weeks in the case. Edward Dick and the repair shop at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor near Denver, CO expertly humidified the guitar, glued the cracks, and cleated them with an angled brace attached to the fingerboard support block to facilitate greater long-term stability. The repairs were done so well that we didn't notice them at all until giving the guitar a thorough going-over at a customer's request. Fortunately, the neck was not removed and the guitar sustained no other negative consequences. Used Bashkins are few and far between, and to order this guitar today would be in excess of $5000 with a lengthy wait. Why not purchase a pre-owned instrument with no wait and save more than a few dollars in the process?