2010 Palen PERFORMER Cognac Burst, Near Mint


Palen Archtops

Guitar Type

Archtop Hollow Body

Lower Bout Width


Body Depth


Nut Width


Fingerboard Scale


Pickup Type

1 Set Humbucker

Wood Composition



Maple, Spruce





MSRP: $8,700

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Our goal at Guitars ‘n Jazz is to find you the best possible instrument that not only matches your personal requirements and play-style, but is also a guitar that you enjoy playing and look forward to picking up.

We strive to price our instruments as competitively as possible in order to give our customers the best possible value for their dollar. And as a guitarist myself I would never sell an instrument that didn’t live up to my own high standards and expectations.

All of our instruments are thoroughly inspected, tested, professionally set up, and carefully packed for shipment. And all instruments are sold with our 72 hour satisfaction guarantee.

We encourage you to call us for the best price possible. We routinely have demos, closeouts, blemishes, and used instruments available for purchase. And if you happen to find a lower price please let us know.

And please keep in mind that it’s difficult comparing various instruments on the Internet. Since many of our guitars come standard with upgraded woods and tone controls shopping by price alone won’t tell the whole story.

Since our inventory changes so frequently it’s best to call us to find all of your available options. With over 500 archtops in stock you can be assured that we have unbelievable guitars to fit any budget.


PALEN ARCHTOPS are among the finest archtop guitars ever built. The Palen Archtop is an “X” braced traditional instrument, descendent from the D’Aquisto school of instruments- very light and acoustic. It features a hand carved and graduated top and back, slightly thicker than many typical archtop guitars, with a very resonant and acoustic tone.

Product Description

Rare CUSTOM 2010 Palen JAZZ PERFORMER 17” Carved Archtop IN STOCK- Ultimate performing Archtop with a set Gibson Classic 57 pickup- Fat punchy tone remineniscent of the carved archtops from the early 1950’s with great sustain that makes NEW GIBSON Wes L5’s sound muddy. Body Depth 2 3/4”at rims,Nut Width 1 ¾”, 25”Scale, Engelmann AAA Spruce Top- hand carved and tap tuned, Back…Hand carved Flamed Maple,Neck…Figured Maple,Rims…Figured Maple, Ebony Finger Board w/ Book Pearl Inlays, White & Black Multiple Ply Binding or wood binding,Mother of Pearl and or Abalone Inlays, Custom Pick Guard with Volume & Tone knobs on the body, Ebony carved Tailpiece and Base, Tunomatic Bridge, and Grover Imperial, Tuning Machines Please email for detailed pics of the new Palens just arriving. Most Palens are pre-sold before arrival or in the shop for only a few days. This archtop is one of the best values on the market and has been appreciating in value. Make an appointment to visit our new Showroom in Summit, NJ to try our Palen demos and find out how you can reserve your Palen. We are only 30 minutes from Manhattan by car; 2 blocks from the Summit train station – 35 minutes from NYC on the midtown direct!



Body 17″ Lower Bout
Body Depth 3″
Nut Width 1 1/4″
Finger Board Scale 25″
Top AAA Spruce – hand carved & tap tuned
Back Hand carved Figured Maple
Neck Figured Maple
Rims Figured Maple
Finger Board Bound Ebony – Pearl Inlays $300 Optional
Truss Rod Adjustable
Binding White & Black Multiple PlyWood binding optional
Pick Guard Ebony – w/ binding $150 Optional
Bridge & Base Ebony w/Thumb Wheel Adjustment
Tailpiece Ebony carved
Tuning Machines Grover Imperial
Pickup Kent Armstrong routed set humbucker w/ volume and tone thumb wheels
Color Blonde, Sunburst, Violinburst, Natural
Case 5-ply custom Cedar Creek

About Palen

palen-logoNelson Palen started building his acoustic archtop Palen Guitar in November, 1998 and finished it the last week in June, 1999. He read the book and viewed the 6-hour video by Bob Benedetto, who has been building guitars and violins for 30 years and is considered the premier archtop builder in the country. The Palen archtop is unique in that the soundboard and back are carved from wood approx. 1″ thick to a domed shape similar to that found on a violin.

Before Nelson made Palen archtops, he had been making decorative wooden bowls as shown here for approx. 12 years. His woodworking skills and attention to detail began here and from his ancestry. His dad, Benedict Palen, has been doing woodwork since the 1930’s starting out with a pedal-powered lathe. His dad’s enterprise, Artistic Woodcrafts started with a Shopsmith and then homebuilt a heavy-duty lathe capable of swinging up to 32″ diameter blanks.. The blanks for the bowls are made up of segmented rings stacked and glued. Various wood species, domestic and foreign are used. Examples are walnut, white gum, padauk, wenge, mahogany etc. Nelson Palen added a CNC desktop mill in 1998 that can be mounted on the lathe for engraving. The spindle is slowly rotated by computer command with approx. 1000:1 reduction. The basic turning operation is done with conventional hand tools.

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