I take great pride in my tone and my Eastman Uptown has been delivering for years. I like a vintage archtop tone with no effects into a tough solid state amp (Polytone). The guitar is clean and full, with the perfect amount of high end, which is the key to that classic 60′s jazz guitar sound.
My new T146 is remarkable. It delivers that true archtop tone which is the heart of my sound, from my solo work to Freddie Green-style big band rhythm playing. Every time I play it I fall in love again with the bright, punchy tone, and expert craftsmanship.
New York City based jazz guitarist Charlie Apicella is the founder of IRON CITY.
Charlie Apicella was voted onto the 84th annual DownBeat Readers Poll for Guitar.
He has performed concerts and recorded with jazz legends Dave Holland, Sonny Fortune, and John Blake, Jr. as well as contemporary masters Joe Magnarelli, Vic Juris, Dave Stryker, Don Braden, and Jon Herington of Steely Dan.
He began his music training by studying composition and improvisation with Yusef Lateef and music history with Archie Shepp.
In 2014 Charlie was invited by Pat Martino to study improvisation, composition, and Pat’s unique method for learning the mechanics of the guitar.
What Others Have to Say About Charlie:
“A deeply melodic guitarist along the lines of Grant Green. Apicella faithfully has sought to channel an era of American music when hard-bop and r&b reigned...But the guitarist still manages to keep things fresh.” MATTHEW KASSEL, DownBeat
"As a player, Apicella immediately brings to mind Grant Green. He’s funky, he’s bluesy, and he’s not afraid to get dirty at times." JOHN HEIDT, Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Apicella's playing shines...[he] is aware of the straight-ahead tradition, showcasing his Wes Montgomery influence...Apicella's guitar sound is bright and clean, and easily cuts through the huge sound of the organ." TIM FISCHER, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
"I think you will find that "SPARKS" will light the artistic fires of the soul and intellect." Heartfully, Yusef Lateef
What They Play
- Neck Material:Maple
- Fingerboard Radius:12"
- Neck Profile:Traditional Even "C"
- Nut:Bone 1 3/4"
- 1st Fret String Height:.022"
- 12th Fret String Height:Bass .078" & Treble .062"
- Fretwire:20 Medium Jumbo Jescar 47104-P
- Scale Length:25"
- Body Style:Thin Archtop Jazz
- Body Dimensions:16" x 1 3/4"
- Body Top:Solid Spruce
- Body Back/Sides:Solid Maple
- Truss Rod:Single Acting
- Binding:Body, Neck, Headstock
- Binding Material:5 Ply Ivoroid
- Logo:Pearl Headstock
- Inlay:Pearl Dots
- Hardware Color:Gold
- Tailpiece:Ebony on Brass
- Bridge:Adjustable Ebony
- Tuners:Gotoh SG301-20GG
- Knobs:Amber Speed Knobs
- Neck Pickup:Lollar Custom Wound Imperial Humbucker
- Pickup Height:3/32" bass side, 3/32" treble side
- Pickup Frame:Black Plastic
- Potentiometers:500K AudioTaper
- Output Jack:Switchcraft
- Strings:D’Addario NYXL .010 - .046
- Case:Hardshell Case