Rosewood dreadnoughts are more popular than mahogany dreadnoughts except among those musicians that want to avoid sustained notes and boomy base neither of which are always admired by musicians who record frequently or by studio sound engineers. For example, Doc Watson played mahogany dreadnoughts; the image to the right is Pete Wernick (Hot Rize) playing this very mahogany guitar at one of his Bluegrass Jam Workshops. It is a mahogany dreadnought with an Adirondack spruce top. The stiffness of the Adirondack top gives the guitar great volume and a distinctive tone (with the mahogany body). The trim is pre war Style 18, primarily represented by the rosette, rosewood binding, ebony backstrip, and vintage style Grover tuners. The finish is water-borne KTM-9 (a modern finish that is not dangerous to the builder nor to the environment). The guitar has forward-shifted, scalloped bracing, the neck width at the nut is just over 1 3/4", with 2 5/16" string spacing at the saddle, and 25.4" scale. The fretboard and saddle are ebony, and the nut and saddle are bone, as was the case with early D1/D18 guitars. The guitar incorporates modern features such as a low profile, bolt-on neck and an adjustable truss rod.
Like classic mahogany dreadnoughts, it has a bright tone but without the "rosewood sustain." This is a great sounding, balanced, punchy guitar with dreadnought volume and sustain.
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