14-fret OM built with Malaysian blackwood back & sides and a Carpathian spruce top. Malaysian blackwood is just being discovered as a back and side wood for acoustic guitars. Malaysian blackwood is a striking ebony; it is dense and has a rosewood-like tone. Carpathian spruce is rapidly emerging in popularity due to its similarity to European spruce. This Carpathian spruce top is a nice, stiff set with nice grain. The trim is pre war Style 21 (similar to a Martin pre war 000-21), primarily represented by the herringbone rosette. The guitar has forward-shifted, scalloped bracing, 1 13/16" neck width at the nut, 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. The guitar incorporates modern features such as a low D-shaped profile, bolt-on neck and an adjustable truss rod.
This is a great sounding, balanced guitar — big projection, sustain and very nice tone.
About half a dozen highly experienced musicians played the guitar at a festival. None of the players had seen a Malaysian blackwood guitar, and all liked the appearance. Some players preferred a narrower neck, but every player offered praise for the tone and appearance of the guitar, and they described it with terms such as "punchy," "balanced," "great projection," "beautiful wood," and "great tone"
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