Wonderful 00-size 12-fret in X-braced spruce/birch, 1 13/16” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, generous string spacing and full rich tone


I was attracted to this orphaned 12-fret after sizing up its proportions and wood combination and took it home with me. I kick myself for letting it sit around the shop as long as I did because I was blown away with how great it sounds and how easy it plays. I cannot claim it to have an attractive pedigree, but I can attest to the build quality, playability and the fingerstyle-friendly projection and tone.

SPECS: 00-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, X-braced solid spruce in tobacco brown finish, birch sides and back in tobacco brown finish, mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod, Golden Age tuning machines, low “D” neck profile, original rosette, new rosewood fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle with ebony pins. Nut width: 1 13/16”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25.34”, Upper bout: 11”, Lower Bout: 14 1/2”, Body length: 18 5/8”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 38 3/4”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 13/16“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 13/16”, Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing to accommodate modern steel strings. Other work included neckset with modern adjustable truss rod, ebony pyramid bridge, new tuning machines, fingerstyle setup. Please note that vintage, repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Body volume of this 00-plus aged tonewoods produce a wonderful rich tone. Great all-around player for fingerstyle. The wider nut and string spacing at the saddle are friendly to players who need more-than-average string separation. Action can be adjusted to suit your playing style.

PRICE: $799

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