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Minerva 1935 Smeck 12-Fret Acoustic Guitar, Mahogany & Sitka Spruce


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Based out of Rossville, GA, Isaac Stroupe worked and apprenticed at Atlanta Violins for eight years before starting Minerva Guitars. With his inspiration rooted in the great American makers of the 1920’s and 1930’s, Isaac puts a particular focus on the more obscure models from those eras, as well as taking pride in primarily using sustainably harvested, non-endangered North American tonewoods. Each Minerva guitar is handcrafted, avoiding power tools and jigs wherever possible, in addition to being constructed with 100% hot hide glue, and finished with a homemade, hand rubbed spirit varnish. 

This Minerva 1935 Smeck 12-Fret is Minerva’s take on the revered Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe. The Sitka Spruce top paired with its Mahogany back, sides, and neck, give the guitar a large voice, with rich and complex harmonics and overtones. The home-brewed, hand rubbed spirit varnish allows the guitar to breathe, making it extremely dynamic and responsive. It sounds and feels as if it was built in the 1930’s, and has been taken care of and played passionately for the last 85+ years. This Minerva 1935 Smeck is perfect for those looking for a high quality, hand built guitar that embodies the spirit, feeling, and tone of the guitars of yesteryear.

  • Year: 2020 
  • Top: Sitka Spruce 
  • Back & Sides: Mahogany 
  • Rosette: Cream/Tortoise/Cream
  • Purfling: None
  • Backstrip: None 
  • Body Binding: Cream
  • Neck: Mahogany 
  • Neck Profile: Soft V
  • Fretboard Wood: Rocklite
  • Fretboard Radius: 15”
  • Peg Head Style: Standard 
  • Peg Head Veneer: Black
  • Fretboard Binding: None 
  • Fretboard Inlays: Pearloid Dots
  • Tuners: Stew Mac Restoration Tuners
  • Bridge: Wenge
  • Pins: Ivoroid w/ Black Dots 
  • Saddle Material: Bone 
  • Saddle Type: Cutthrough 
  • Nut Material: Bone 
  • Pickguard: Firestripe 
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4” 
  • Spacing at Saddle: 2 3/8”
  • Scale Length: 24 7/8”
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8” 
  • Body Length: 20”
  • Upper Bout: 11 1/2”
  • Lower Bout: 16” 
  • Truss Rod: Two Way Adjustable 
  • Brace Pattern: Adirondack Straight X-Bracing, Hot Hide Glue Construction 
  • S/N: 21
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