From vintage Martins to modern masters, this week saw some special features, including a 1939 D-28, a Kostal 00, and a face-off between the two Gaffney modified dreadnoughts we have in the shop. We also welcomed two new guitars from Ohio-based Lay's Guitar Shop. Check them all out below!
Here's what you missed
Here's what you missed this week at TNAG...
Comparison: Gaffney Modified Dreadnought, Sitka Spruce vs Redwood
It's a rare opportunity to compare two nearly identical, equally exquisite guitars from luthier Julian Gaffney. Both are fingerstyle-friendly modified dreadnoughts, with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The difference? One is topped with Sitka spruce, the other with redwood. The tonal contrast is quite remarkable to our ears, though it doesn't make it any easier to pick a favorite! Which one do you prefer? The dark lushness of redwood, or the sparkly clarity of Sitka spruce?
Presents: Episode 65. Martin 1939 D-28
There is really nothing that compares to the sound of a pre-war D-28, and the pursuit of that magical sound is what continues to drive countless modern luthiers. This previously uncirculated 1939 Martin D-28 has the trifecta of desirable traits: impeccable craftsmanship, the most desirable tonewoods, and the gift of time.
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Presents: Episode 66. Kostal 00 Ziricote
Jason Kostal's 00 is a delectable small-bodied guitar that has a powerful voice belying its slight stature. Perfect for fingerstyle, soulful arrangements, and vocal accompaniment, this ziricote model has the kind of lush, crystalline sustain you might sooner associate with Brazilian rosewood or ebony. Check it out now in our 66th Presents.
New Electric: Lay's Custom T-Style Burst Thinline
Lay's Customs are hand built in Akron, OH, using all high quality components and exceptional tonewoods. This sunburst T-Style Thinline is an incredibly unique build with a ton more going on beyond its traditional T-Style looks. The Black Korina (Limba) body is chambered with a beautiful flamed Redwood top, providing a warm, open, almost hollow-body type sound, and keeping the weight down to an incredible 5lbs-14oz. The BrandonWound Custom pickups were wound exclusively for Lay's Customs and are a slightly overwound set compared to traditional Tele pickups, which helps to smooth out the highs and provide big full low end while still retaining that signature spank you'd expect. With its chambered construction the T-Style Thinline can do everything from country to rock and even jazz and not skip a beat.