This is a new body size and and shape I call the "SSD," which stands for Small Slope Dreadnought. It's the slope shouldered dreadnought shape scaled down to a 15" (OM-sized) lower bout, but keeping the dreadnought depth. The SSD model has the full-throated voice of a dreadnaught with the added balance and articulation of the slightly smaller body. This guitar has an old-growth Carpathian spruce top, black eastern walnut back and sides with mild curly grain, a Honduras mahogany neck, and cocobolo fretboard and bridge. The fret markers are mother-of-pearl. The rear headstock veneer is wenge. It is made with the long (25.4") scale, and has a bone nut and saddle along with Gotoh 510 tuners. The bindings are grained ivoroid, and the bridge pins are grained Galalith. The simple trim makes it a Performance model--there are no compromises on the quality of the woods or the construction. The combination of Carpathian spruce, walnut, and scalloped bracing yield a woody tone with extraordinary balance--the guitar keeps its "bark" in the bass and does not thin out in the highest treble. It is priced at $5000 including a plush-lined hard-shell case.
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