Shopbuilt “True parlor” 12-fret in X-braced spruce/maple, 1 7/8” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, perfect fingerstyle crossover from classical to steel string


I was impressed by the last shop built offering with a spruce/maple wood combination and ventured off to create another. It was a good decision. Despite the lower bout of this little beauty being only 12” across, I’m pleased as punch about the volume and sustain. Wide string spacing at the nut favors larger hands or players with classical roots looking for a sweet sounding, easy playing steel string. Great little fingerstyle guitar, plain and simple.

SPECS: true parlor-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, X-braced book matched spruce top in aged finish, maple sides and back in opaque red mahogany finish, poplar neck in black lacquer finish, adjustable truss rod, MOP fretboard inlays with corresponding side dots, period vintage tuning machines, flattened “C” neck profile, radius’d rosewood fretboard with new frets, new ebony bridge, tortoise binding top and back, unbleached bone nut, saddle and pins. Nut width: 1 7/8”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25 1/2”, Upper bout: 8 1/8”, Lower Bout: 12”, Body length: 18 1/4”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 37 1/2”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 3/32” - 1/8” to customer choice, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid shopbuilt condition composed from repurposed materials. Please note that repurposed woods and vintage surfaces will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises.

SOUND: Warm and resonant tone with a nice sustain. Surprising bass tone. Not the loudest guitar in the shop but its voice is definitely robust for a parlor its size. Really shines as a fingerstyle guitar. Destined to be a recording studio staple. The setup can be adjusted, within reason, to suit your playing style and most alternate tunings.

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PRICE: $999


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