This guitar’s open strings ring beautifully, with vowel-like resonance and clarity. Its fretted notes project a brassy voice that promises to mellow and mature over time.
On a recent evening, we put the guitar to the test. Gripping a medium-gauge flatpick, we immediately gravitated to fiddle tunes like “Sailor’s Hornpipe.” The guitar responded admirably with a gradual decay and musical string-to-string balance. Even on passages involving rapid shifts between the wound G and unwound B strings, this diminutive beauty maintained an even volume and tonal character. Very appealing.
Played fingerstyle, the wide string spacing and flat fingerboard required a bit of adjustment. At first, we flubbed a few of our chord melody tunes, like “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” but gradually, as our muscle memory caught up with the guitar’s capability, we were better able to negotiate the required stretches. Plus, we were helped by the low action and modern c-shaped neck profile.
Crack-free, and in excellent condition, this guitar appears to have lived a pampered life. Ships in its original black Thermoplastic case with one wonky latch that functions after some fumbling, but is in otherwise great condition. Includes an undersaddle pickup.
We’re going to hate to see this one go. Sold!