Traugott R, Brazilian Rosewood & Spruce - Pre-Owned


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Judging by Jeff Traugott’s finely crafted guitars, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that he worked for Santa Cruz Guitar Company before striking out on his own. Since setting up his workshop in 1991, he has been crafting a very select number of instruments each year, allowing him to give his full attention to each guitar and to each musician for whom he builds.

The Model R is his most popular design, comparable in size to a standard Martin OM, but ever so slightly bigger overall. Full-bodied and easy-playing, it's a delightfully versatile instrument in any tonewood combination. Built with one of the rarest sets of "Kentucky" Brazilian rosewood & German spruce, this instrument is a true masterpiece.

"This "Kentucky" Brazilian was felled in Brazil in the 1800s and shipped to the US in 1900 and is now one of the most sought after tonewoods in the world. This particular stash found its way into veneer mills in Knoxville, Tennessee. The process of slicing the veneers left beautiful offcuts called dog boards named for the tool that held the logs into place. Some of the dog boards, sized 4" thick x 24" wide x 10" plus in length, were sold to college teachers and a woodworker called Rude Osolnik. I was able to purchase some of this wood when Rude was around 82 years old. The fact that this old-growth wood was repurposed is incredibly special." - Jeff Traugott

Though overall a very well-balanced guitar, it's impossible not to notice the commanding, powerful lows and bright, soaring highs - it's just Brazilian rosewood at its finest. The original owner of this 2012 model had Jeff inlay the phrase "Music Is Life" in Japanese characters on the fretboard. It remains in excellent condition, and comes with its original Hoffee hard case.

  • Body: Model R (OM), non-cutaway
  • Top: German spruce
  • Back and sides: Special stash straight-grained Kentucky Brazilian rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 X with gold/black buttons
  • Binding: Ebony
  • Inlay: Gold, Japanese characters "Music Is Life"
  • Scale length: 25.375" 
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • String spacing at the bridge: 2-1/4"
  • Lower bout: 15-1/2"
  • Depth: 4-3/8”
  • Serial number: R 001 195 012
  • Year of build: 2012
  • L. R. Baggs Lyric pickup installed
  • Case: Hoffee hardshell


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