(NEW) We really can’t take credit for inventing much in the world of musical instruments, but sometimes, in a fit of inspiration, we help something great to come into being. One such case: a couple years ago, we got on the phone with Mark Dalton and asked him if he had ever considered building a “Tony” style dreadnought, you know… Adirondack spruce, large soundhole, no tongue brace, no logo on the peghead. Mark said “I’ve just been waiting for someone to ask!” and thus, the Pilgrim was born!
Our inspiration proved to be, well, inspired… these are GREAT guitars in every way! Big and bold sounding, ample bass but well tempered by the larger soundhole, balanced and articulate for switching from rhythm to lead, and just gorgeous to look at.
We were fortunate enough on this instrument to nab a lovely set of pale Madagascar rosewood from H&D, and when paired with the thermally cured Adirondack spruce top, we get a dread with complex overtones, unlimited headroom and a played-in sound rare in a brand new guitar. Huss & Dalton dreads skew modern-traditional in their voice, and they do it so, so well.
For specs, we’ve got a 1 23/32″ nut, 2 1/4″ string spacing, ebony bridge and fingerboard, ivoroid binding, herringbone top purfling and all those lovely cosmetic touches from paragraph one. Hard to beat this dread at this price.
List Price: $6,650… AMW Price: $5,985