The guitar has been played but is in superb condition, barely marked anywhere, there are no nasty scratches, dents, cracks or splits and the frets/fretboard are like new (despite plenty of play) see the pics. Action is low, 2mm at 12th on the dead straight neck with no buzz (I removed the hardwood spacer from under the saddle which is included if you wish to return it to factory height). The Grover plastic tuner buttons have gone "sticky" so I have ordered new ebony ones which will be included.
The A200, serial no A00 is a mid size auditorium (upper bout 30cm, lower 40cm and 11.5cm in depth) with solid rosewood back and sides, wood purflings, mahoghany neck and a flawless ebony fret board. String spacing at nut is 39mm, 47mm at 12th.
The solid top is either spruce or cedar. I recall it was cedar but all the reviews say spruce? Very subjective but I went shopping for a Martin dread but they sounded muddy compared with this Avalon and the Taylors over bright. This Avalon is somewhere between, bright but not brash, articulate and has a very Celtic sound to my ears in dropped D.
Quality wise there are few better, according to an ex Avalon employee the Gold Series N. Guitars were built by the same people, with the same materials to the same standard as the Lowdens. Would prefer collection from Bingley, West Yorkshire as despite superb packaging I have had guitars damaged by couriers in the past. Yes, it does have dot fret markers on the side of the fretboard.
The item "Avalon Gold Series A200 made in Lowden factory Northern Ireland 2003" is in sale since Monday, August 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars".The seller is "p90-paul" and is located in Bingley. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.