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TNAG Nashville: Kim's Picks - March 2020

If you’ve seen my picks of the week from previous newsletters, do know that all of those instruments (if not already sold) are still on my list. With that said, here are some new picks from our current online inventory:


Collings OM-2HA Traditional Acoustic Guitar, Indian Rosewood & Adirondack Spruce - £5,950 | $6,300

This Collings OM-2HA Traditional features East Indian Rosewood back and sides with an Adirondack Spruce top.

The OM2HA T offers hand-selected tone woods that are voiced to facilitate the warm rounded highs and present low mids that characterise the tonality of the Traditional series.

This guitar is brand new and was built in 2019. It is equipped with premium Waverly open-back tuners and is finished with an ultra thin nitrocellulose lacquer finish. The guitar comes with a hard shell case.

  • Year of Build: 2019 (New)
  • Soundboard: Adirondack Spruce
  • Ivoroid body binding with small brown herringbone top purfling
  • Back and Sides: East Indian Rosewood
  • Rosette: Custom Wood
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverlys
  • Bridge: Ebony belly
  • Pins: Ivoroid with Black Dot
  • Saddle Material: Bone cut-through
  • Nut: Bone
  • Pickguard: Tortoise
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Saddle Spacing: 2-5/16" 
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"

 

 

Kim says:
"There’s nothing I don’t love about this guitar. For me, Collings’ Traditional series guitars are some of the best guitars made today."


Goodall CJ Acoustic Guitar, Myrtlewood with Port Orford Cedar Top - £8,150 | $8,370

This Goodall Concert Jumbo is one of a number of sensational new arrivals in both our UK and US showrooms from James Goodall, with this model featuring a staggering set of Special Reserve Myrtlewood for the back and sides with a Master Grade Port Orford Cedar top.

The Concert Jumbo was designed in response to increasing requests for a more comfortable, smaller body dimension than the Goodall Standard (which is near in size to the Dreadnought), and has become a real favourite of Goodall collectors thanks to its powerful, rich, and clear tone.

The guitar is decorated with a Paua rosette and Rosewood binding. 

  • Top: Master Grade Port Orford Cedar
  • Back and Sides: Special Reserve Myrtlewood
  • Rosette: Paua
  • Body Binding: Rosewood
  • Neck: Maple with Satin finish
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Ebony
  • Fretboard binding: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25 1/2"

 

 

Kim says:
"A fingerstyle player’s DREAM, but that stiffer Port Orford top works equally well played with a pick."

 

Dudenbostel OM Classic Acoustic Guitar, Honduran Mahogany & Carpathian Spruce - Pre-Owned - £10,750 | $13,500

We sold this wonderful Classic OM for Lynn Dudenbostel in 2009, and we're especially happy to have it back in the shop for sale.

It's now eleven years old, and as much as we loved this OM when it was new, we love the way the guitar has developed a complexity and depth of tone you don't often find in contemporary guitars. Lynn is a fabulous luthier, and his understanding of how to bring out the best tone is his instruments is well-known and highly regarded.

This is a wonderful OM. It's got a few marks on the top from regular playing, but nothing major. Think of this one as a lifetime guitar. All of us at the shop would love to take it home.

  • Top: Carpathian Spruce
  • Back and Sides:  Honduran Mahogany
  • Rosette: Style 18
  • Body Binding: Ebony
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Nickel plated Grover Open Back
  • Bridge: Ebony belly bridge
  • Pins: Ebony with Pearl Dots
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1 /3/4" 
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Finish: Varnish finished body

Kim says:

"This OM offers deep, guttural tone from its Honduran Mahogany and Carpathian Spruce combination. Our buddy Lynn knows what he’s doing."



Wide Sky P-125 Electric Guitar - £3,750 inc VAT | $3,900

The P125 is New Mexico based luthier Patch Rubin, aka Wide Sky Guitars' debut electric model, first appearing at Summer NAMM in 2018 and taking the show by storm!
This highly anticipated instrument is our first ever from Wide Sky Guitars and we are well and truly smitten. The build quality and attention to detail is breathtaking, with the hand rubbed finish bringing out the most in the gorgeous woods used in the construction of this versatile semi-hollowbody. 
Patch has a long and interesting history both as a touring musician and as a technician having worked on a whole host of extraordinary guitars for a huge list of music legends during his time in LA, with all of this among other diverse experience culminating in a well versed and inspired approach to the building of his own guitars. 
The P125 is built to deliver gritty and lively blues tones, but thanks to the choice set of Arcane '57 Experience P-90s the guitar is equipped with, can cover a wide range of styles and tones seamlessly from clean, spanky funk sounds through to searing leads a la Gary Clark Jr, often seen championing his Wide Sky.  
The playability is similarly fantastic, with a smooth and even feel all the way through to the upper registers with an incredibly comfortable vintage-style carve to the neck throughout. 
  • Top Wood: Carved Maple
  • Body: Chambered Sapele
  • Body Length: 17-1/4″
  • Total Length: 38-1/2″
  • Upper Bout Width: 8-7/8″
  • Lower Bout Width: 12-3/4″
  • Waist: 7″
  • Body Depth: 1-3/8″
  • Weight: 6.8lb
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Bound Fretboard
  • Black Pearl Fret Markers and Side Dots
  • Width at Bone Nut: 1-11/16″
  • 24.562” Scale
  • 12” Radius
  • 22 Frets, Neck Joins the Body at the 16th
  • 2 Way Truss
  • 2x Arcane '57 Experience P-90s
  • Emerson Potentiometers
  • Emerson Bumblebee Capacitors
  • Switchcraft Toggle and Jack
  • Bridge from Schroeder Hardware
  • Aged Nickel Trapeze Tailpiece
  • Golden Age Restoration Tuners
  • Hand rubbed Tobacco Burst
  • Osmo PolyX Finish
  • Hand wound Strings from Gabriel Tenorio
  • TKL Hardshell Case

 

 

Kim says:
"Love the shape of this guitar, the hand-rubbed finish, the sound from the P-90s."


SCGC OM Custom SS Acoustic Guitar, Indian Rosewood & Adirondack Spruce - £6,250 inc VAT | $6,728

Santa Cruz was one of the first builders to bring back the OM style, which was sold by Martin for a very brief period in the 1930s before being replaced by the 000. This example features Indian Rosewood back and sides, with an Adirondack top. It also sports Adirondack braces built with hot hide glue.

This custom iteration has a short scale, lending a warm tone to this guitar, as well as effortless playability. This OM has a slight compression in the midrange, with a still-present bass response, giving the guitar a dynamic and round tone, making it perfect for fingerstyle. When flatpicked, the guitar prefers a subtle attack and responds instantly with bell-like highs and resonant lows. 

  • Adirondack Spruce Top
  • Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Adirondack Bracing with Hot Hide Glue 
  • Herringbone Purfling
  • Ivoroid Binding
  • 1-3/4″Nut Width
  • Ameritage Hard Case

 

 

Kim says:
"Comfortable, easy playing guitar, with very full tone. Great low end, but still balanced."


Froggy Bottom H-14 Deluxe Acoustic Guitar, 3A Brazilian/Adirondack - Pre-Owned - £10,950 | $13,500

The Froggy Bottom H-14 is the company’s take on the legendary OM guitars built in the 1930s. This example sports AAA Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, and a master-grade Adirondack Spruce top.

The guitar has a beautifully round and balanced sound, making it perfectly suited for fingerstyle. The Brazilian Rosewood adds an earthiness, with swirling overtones, and the instrument has excellent projection, responding well to both a light touch and a heavier attack.

This guitar has everything players love about Brazilian Rosewood, and has excellent playability. This is the perfect instrument for the fingerstylist looking for a guitar that combines the best sonic elements of both vintage and new guitars.
  • Top: Adirondack Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Year Of Build: 2017
  • Rosette: Paul Abalone
  • Body Binding: Curly Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Tuners: Gold Waverlys 
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Pins: Custom with black pearl inlay 
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25.25"
  • Condition: Near Mint

Kim says:

"Terrific sounding Froggy that responds equally well to a light touch or a heavier attack."


Collings C-100 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar, Honduran Mahogany & Sitka Spruce - £4,995 inc VAT | $5,275

The Collings C-100 is shaped similarly to the C-10 but bigger and a bit bolder. The guitar is the perfect combination of a parlor guitar, and a large-body instrument, offering both responsiveness and power. The C-100 was originally developed by the late Bill Collings, and around 20 were built in the 1990s, making them extremely rare. Collings announced they would be reissuing the guitar at NAMM 2018. 

This guitar is seriously impressive. The body size gives the C-100 a wholly unique tone, with resonance, volume, and clarity not easily found elsewhere. When strummed with a pick, the guitar has beautiful note-separation, making each chord wonderfully rich, without the overpowering bass sometimes found in a dreadnought. When played fingerstyle, the instrument has Collings’ signature clarity in the high end. This combination makes this one of the most versatile guitars made by the Austin company and achieves the tonal balance originally dreamed up by Bill decades ago. If you’re tired of the same old body styles, look no further 

  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Honduran Mahogany
  • Year of Build: 2019
  • Body Binding: Ivoroid
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Ebony
  • Tuners: Nickel Waverly
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly Bridge
  • Pins: Ebony with abalone dots
  • Nut & Saddle: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale Length: 25.5"

 

 

Kim says:
"I like to think of this guitar as a larger C-10, because the shapes are similar, but with non-scalloped X-bracing. Crisp and full tone. Love it."



Collings SJ SS Acoustic Guitar, European Maple & Sitka Spruce - Pre-Owned - £3,950 inc VAT | $3,995

This is a great sounding SJ that is also a terrific player with easy action. The short scale length helps with the feel, but it doesn't take away from the power nor the dry and punchy tone of the SJ. The size is based on the Gibson J-185, creating immense power and tonal depth. Aesthetically this is a gorgeous guitar, in excellent condition.  This guitar has an addition of a Dalmatian pickguard and a K&K pickup installed with controls at the sound hole. Original TKL case included.

  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back & Sides: European Maple
  • Year of Build: 2005
  • Rosette: Tortoise
  • Neck: European Maple
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Head Veneer: Ebony
  • Fretboard Binding: Tortoise
  • Tuners: Gold Waverly
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Saddle & Nut: Bone
  • Pickguard: Dalmation
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale Length: 24-7/8"
  • Condition: Excellent

 

 

Kim says:
"This SJ comes with a short scale length but with no lack of power and volume found in its long scale sibling."

Martin 00-21 1966 Acoustic Guitar, Brazilian Rosewood & Sitka Spruce - Pre-Owned - £4,450 | $5,600

This is a glorious Martin 00-21 model built in 1966 and featuring Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides with a Sitka Spruce top.

This 1966 build is in excellent condition for its age and has 21-style decorations and a fantastic aging to the Sitka Spruce top. The guitar has had replacement tuners, but the originals are included in the case.

  • Top: Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Year Of Build: 1966
  • Rosette: 21 Style
  • Body Binding: Tortoise Colour Celluloid>
  • Neck: Mahogany with diamond volute
  • Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Head Veneer: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Tuners: Replacement (originals in case)
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-7/8"
  • Scale Length: 24.9"
  • Condition: Excellent

 

 

Kim says:
"A lovely 00-21 Brazilian that has been well-loved. Replacement bridge and tuners. Warm and articulate tone."

All of these guitars are in stock in our Nashville showroom. To chat about these guitars, give Kim a call on +1 615-383-894.

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