This instrument is their traditional Orchestra Model, the TOM-R, with a “Thermo-cured” Adirondack spruce top and some pretty fancy cocobolo back and sides. H&D have always made exceptional vintage-style flat tops, and by pairing their build and finish styles with the torrefaction process, they’ve fine-tuned these instruments to have the added warmth, quick response, and volume that we normally associate with guitars that are many decades old.
The cosmetics are just like Huss & Dalton themselves: vintage-inspired, and classic – but never trendy, fussy or flashy.
The binding and heelcap are ivoroid and the purfling is herringbone. This guitar has the customary 1 3/4″ nut width found on the majority of OMs, is a full 25.4″ scale, and has 2 1/4″ string spacing at the saddle. It has a mahogany neck with traditional volute, short-pattern diamond and square fretboard inlays on an ebony fingerboard, Waverly tuners and an ebony bridge round out the traditional package.
It sounds fantastic, quite loud and robust, and as “cooked top” guitars go, it is an undeniably great value. Huss & Dalton has the most reasonable charge for premium tone woods and “cooked” Red Spruce.
List Price: $6,415
AMW Price: $5,770