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L J Williams Tui Ancient Kauri Cutaway Guitar

L J Williams Tui Ancient Kauri Cutaway Guitar

$ 8,500.00

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L. J. Williams Flame Ancient Kauri Tui Guitar (used, 2004)

  • Iridescent, Flame Ancient Kauri back & sides
  • Special Grade Kauri top
  • Venetian cutaway
  • Flame Ancient Kauri headstock faceplate
  • Abalone headstock builder logo
  • Gold Gotoh 510 tuning machines
  • Ancient Kauri laminated neck
  • Ebony fretboard with purfling lines
  • Abalone Tui bird 12th fret inlay
  • Abalone rosette
  • Rosewood bindings with tulipwood purfling 
  • Tulipwood back center strip
  • Ebony bridge with Ebony bridge pins
  • SN: 04102
  • This guitar is in fine condition. We find 1 tiny dent on the binding and 1 tiny ding on the back.  Otherwise, it is in very clean shape.
  • The tone is dark & mysterious.  This ultra-rare wood is almost impossible to date, but it is up to 50,000 years old as you can read below.
  • Original Ameritage case with builder logo included
  • This model in Laurie William's words:   Designed for the fingerstylist, the Tui model has superb balance and clarity of tone. It has a wide dynamic range making it more expressive and nuanced for the virtuoso player. Whether you play in the world's grandest concert halls or in the privacy of your home the Tui is built to inspire.
ANCIENT KAURI - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Swamp kauri, sometimes marketed as "ancient kauri", are prehistoric kauri trees (Agathis australis), buried and preserved in peat up to 50,000 years ago in New Zealand's North Island.[1][2] Buried under a peat swamp by an unexplained act of nature at the end of the last Ice Age, the trees have survived the centuries underground, sealed in a chemically balanced environment that has preserved the timber in almost perfect condition.[3]

The trees grew for nearly 2000 years before they were buried. Some have a girth of around 40 feet, and a total height of nearly 200 feet.

Only the lower trunk section and ball-root structure is predominantly found. The trunk tends to taper to a "V" shape as the portion of the log lying above ground has decayed to ground level. Some logs are on a 20-degree angle into the ground suggesting they have fallen over with force, probably under a larger tree that has fallen on top. For this reason complete round logs lying deeper in the ground are occasionally found.

Extraction of the logs is time consuming, expensive and technically difficult, requiring skilled operators of heavy machinery working in wet conditions. Each log must be carefully brought to the surface.[4] If the log is salvaged from native forest or wetlands then after the log has been removed, the area is then restored to its original contours.[5]

The extracted kauri has become an alternative source for old-growth wood supply and often finds its way to furniture builders, boat makers, and wood artisans.[6]


  • Condition: Used, Exc +++
  • Frets to body: 14
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Nut width: 1 3/4"
  • Saddle string spacing: 2 1/4"
  • Lower bout: 15 1/2"
  • Cutaway: Yes, Venetian