Iris DF Burst, Mahogany & Spruce


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A former luthier at Froggy Bottom Guitars, repairman at Retrofret of NYC, and founder of Circle Strings, Adam Buchwald knows his way around boutique, custom, and vintage guitars. Iris was birthed out of a desire to bring the same high quality build and craftsmanship to a more affordable line of guitars, and this Iris DF is no exception. Holding its ground as one of the largest body shapes in the Iris lineup, this J-45 sized slope shoulder dread emits a powerful and robust voice. Its European Spruce top, and Honduran Mahogany back and sides give this guitar a heightened amount of responsiveness, resonance, and touch sensitivity, making it an excellent choice for flatpickers and fingerstyle players alike. Outfitted in a gorgeous burst finish with a soft matte finish, this Iris DF has the look, feel, and tone of a true vintage-inspired instrument.

  • Body: 14-fret slope-shouldered dreadnought
  • Top: European or Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: Honduran mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany with full C profile
  • Fretboard: Katalox, 16" radius
  • Tuners: Golden Age Relic Brass Tuners with off white buttons
  • Pickguard: Firestripe
  • Rosette and purfling: B/W/B
  • Binding: Ivoroid
  • Bridge: Katalox
  • Pins: Off-white plastic
  • Saddle type: Drop in, compensated
  • Brace pattern: Scalloped X
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing: 2-5/32"
  • Year of build: 2021
  • Serial number: 191
  • Case: TKL


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Key Features

Iris DF Burst, Mahogany & Spruce
Iris' DF is a slope-shouldered dread reminiscent of a J-45 - big, powerful, but with a 25" scale, it's got the versatility for an array of playing styles
Lightly constructed of spruce and Honduran mahogany for a dry, clear, and woody voice
Satin finished with an enviable sunburst and a bit of ivoroid binding to make it all pop, this guitar has some serious vintage good looks

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Iris Guitar Company

Iris Guitars are the new production model manufactured by Circle Strings. Every Iris guitar is made by hand in Burlington, Vermont in the same small shop as Circle Strings and Creston Guitars, with the same fine attention to detail and quality as those world-class instruments. 

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