|Last year, a person bought this guitar, but his humidity conditions did not agree with the guitar, so it developed a crack on the back at the treble lower bout. I gave him a rosewood guitar, and then repaired this slope D. The repair is difficult to spot from the outside, but easy to notice on the inside of the guitar. The repaired guitar sounds like it did before it cracked. It is now available as a pre owned, repaired Garnut guitar.|
This guitar is patterned after the pre-war Gibson AJ guitar, using the specs for the AJ/J-35/Rockbridge Slope D, except that the back and sides are bloodwood (a very dense, beautiful hardwood). It was built especially for volume and sustain by using dense bloodwood back and sides, a slightly deeper body than most slope D guitars, a long 25.4" scale, light bracing, and Martin neck. The guitar is a cannon with great volume, sustain, tone, and that low E growl. The finish is average, but this guitar is a cannon. I think that it is among the most balanced, best sounding guitars I have built.
I took it to a festival to get feedback from high-level musicians who play bluegrass, old time, swing, and various other genres. None of the players had seen a bloodwood guitar before, and all liked the appearance. Every player offered praise of the guitar, including terms such as "a cannon," "excellent," "punchy," "projects well," "balanced," and "beautiful wood." A nationally-known instructor played the guitar for 20-30 minutes, and really liked the guitar, going so far as to tell his friends "hey, you should try this guitar!"