Slope Shoulder Dreadnought
Panama Rosewood & Adirondack Spruce

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This is a rosewood version inspired by the pre war Gibson J-35 (thus also the Gibson Advanced Jumbo, or AJ). It is also similar to a modern "slope shoulder dreadnought," especially since it has a Martin guitar neck and belly bridge (although the images show a smaller bridge). Panama rosewood is scarce, and has become a sought-after guitar wood. (See the owner's remarks for the Panama rosewood 000 12-fret guitar in the Gallery). The back and sides are partly quarter sawn, although the back has some small knots as can be seen in the images of the back. The body dimensions are very close to an AJ. The bracing is forwarded shifted X bracing with the pre war Gibson 102 degree angle between the legs of the X. The top braces are a little lighter than the pre war Gibsons. The one-piece Mahogany neck has a low profile and a long 25.4" scale. The fretboard and small bridge are made of ebony. The binding, end graft, and heel trim are curly maple. The pickguard is a TorTis fire strip replica of the pre war Gibsons.

As one would expect, the guitar has great volume, sustain, and tone -- a classic big body guitar. It even sounds nice when fingerpicked.

  • Panama rosewood back and sides
  • Adirondack spruce top
  • Forward shifted, scalloped Gibson style bracing
  • Low D profile neck, 1 3/4" width at the nut
  • Ebony fretboard and belly bridge
  • 25.4" scale, 20 frets
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Ebony with MOP dot bridge pins and end pin
  • Curly maple binding and trim, chevron backstrip
  • TorTis fire stripe pickguard in Gibson prewar silhouette
  • Grover StaTite H97-18N vintage style open tuners