Dave Guardala "New York, USA" model DG500GL
Rose Gold (Copper) Lacquer
From Sarge's Collection:
- Year: 1990s?
- Make: Guardala
- Model: DG500-GL, "New York, USA"
- Status: $Sold!
- Finish: Lacquer - Rose gold tint
- Serial Number: 00832
Whew! this baby always gets more looks in the shop than most. What a color! This Uber-professional level Bb Tenor saxophone is fabricated and hand made from 72% formulated Copper alloy yellow brass with full rib post construction and hand hammered bell. All rods are solid nickel silver with stainless steel screws, springs are tempered blue steel and authentic Mother of Pearl key buttons are used throughout. All the Guardala extras come standard, like hand engraving on the bell (not laser engraved like the later made Guardala's), high F#, plus extensive fine tuning key adjustment screws at all critical points, but you can't miss the meticulous, fancy, hand engraving on the bell. Upper and lower key stacks are ergonomically designed for smooth, accurate and positive digital feel.
The serial number is super low FROM THE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION ( #00832 -- CORRECTED NUMBERS 10/2016, Made in Germany). This sax was manufactured long before Dave Guardala's association with LA Sax started (that is, the "LA SAX" Laser engraved saxes bearing his name, after B&S folded), and LA Saxes compromises in the quality of the product began appearing. Don't be tricked, the DG500's are the real thing, serial numbers will differentiate the B&S models from the LA sax ones. The mouthpiece (in the pics) is sarge's and is not for sale or included. I never knew Sarge to even play this one and the set up is with tan pads and metal domed resos with rivet (like modern selmer). There are only two cosmetic things to mention and it is 1) a small lacquer burn on the low B key (see pics) and 2) the bow rib (very bottom) was resoldered at one point. I don't know the story there but I just reduced the price $500 to reflect this. Rare rose gold lacquered brass is so beautiful. I will have to find a nice case for her.
Sound files on a DG500 to enjoy; actual sax on Tracks 1, 2, 3...