- Price: $5600
I typically prefer Engelmann spruce for my archtops, but I decided to mix things up a bit for this one by using an Adirondack or “red” spruce top. Adirondack is the spruce used most often by Gibson, Martin and other makers prior to WWII. As it became harder to find large trees needed for guitars, the guitar industry turned to other types, primarily Sitka spruce. Adirondack is stiffer than other types, and can produce a louder more powerful sound.
The back of this guitar is made of quilted Bigleaf maple and has spectacular figure. The pickguard and peghead back are covered with an unusual celluloid tortoise shell material in a pattern known as “dalmation”. The same material is used to bind the S-shaped soundholes. The body is bound in a darker shade of tortoise.
The StreamLine is hand-made in my Seattle shop using the same materials and designs found on my more expensive guitars. By keeping the ornamentation to a minimum, I can offer it at a lower price than the custom guitars I make. I use solid woods for the top and back, like almost every other model. I happen to really like this model-it has a very straightforward design that I like to think of as a simple elegance. And, at $5600, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bang for your buck.
- Red Spruce soundboard with red spruce tone-bars
- Back, sides and neck of Bigleaf maple
- 3″ body depth
- 16″ body width
- Nut width: 1 3/4″
- Scale length 24.9″
- Ebony fretboard and bridge
- Waverly tuners with “tortoise” buttons
- Tortoise binding on body, neck, sound holes, pickguard,
- Handmade brass tailpiece, nickel-plated
- Comes with standard TKL hard shell case
- Nickel plated Lollar floating “Johnny Smith” pickup
- Price $5,600
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