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(USED) We are extremely impressed by this dreadnought by Maine luthier Scott Conley. Scott spent some time in the Bourgeois shop before building under his own name, and the experience there appears to have served him very well! This guitar gives us everything we're after in a traditional, bluegrass-y, mahogany dreadnought.
This Conley D-18 has an Adirondack spruce top with hints of bearclaw, and Honduran mahogany back and sides. The builder uses hide glue throughout, except for the sound hole support braces. The braces are forward-shifted Adirondack spruce, and the small bridge plate is old maple from a tree cut in Harrison, ME around 1800. The sound hole is slightly enlarged at 4 1/8". There are no fretboard dots (you don't need 'em!). It has no tongue brace (don't need that either!) The neck is a very comfortable mod-V with "speed neck" (lacquer sanded back and oil finish applied) with a 1 3/4" nut and 2 5/16" string spacing at the saddle. It has a No-glue "French" dovetail neck joint with a single bolt securing it (inspired by Grit Laskin, we're told). Rosewood binding. Unbleached bone nut and saddle, bone bridge pins. Waverly tuners. Includes TKL hardshell case.
The condition is excellent with some pick marks on the soundboard, but no fret wear, cracks or scratches.
A very special piece, this dread has a big, warm voice... we're very fond of it. It has a satisfying, traditional bass-y rumble but is clear and articulate in the mids and highs. It's set up to play FAST. We see now why Conley's name is being mentioned alongside the best of the best one-man-shops (think Slobad, Borges, Henderson) that are building traditional flat tops.
This guitar deserves your serious consideration if your taste leans toward the dry tone of a pre-war D-18. It's a great one.
Serial #90 (2011)
AMW Price: $3,675 (Online checkout, ON CONSIGNMENT!)
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