(USED) Fayetteville, Arkansas' own Bayard Blain is making a name for himself as a builder and repairman, and his experience as a professional musician gives him a particular insight into players' needs. This dreadnought from 2016 in not only very well made, but has some less-common features that will make it very tempting to the right player.
The top is torrefied Adirondack spruce, which not only makes the guitar look old and cool, but helps to give it a dry, powerful sound with quick response. The back and sides are old growth figured Honduran rosewood, which is denser than East Indian RW and sends the tone more in the Madrose/Brazilian direction... that is, a sharper, more focused set of overtones and more shimmer in the midrange. The neck is Honduran mahogany.
The most distinctive feature, and unusual in a traditional dreadnought, is the sound port on the bass side of the upper bout. This feature, gaining popularity with luthier-built instruments, gives the player a clearer picture of the sound coming off of the instrument, a "tone window" if you will. Very cool!
Full scale with 1 11/16" nut and 2 3/16" string spacing at the saddle. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Schaller GrandTune open-back tuning machines. Bone nut, saddle and bridge pins. K&K Pure Mini installed. Cosmetic appointments include figured koa binding, fetching black and red rosette and red top purfling, and dot inlays on the fingerboard. Includes high end Ameritage hard case.
Condition is VG++, with some pick marks around the sound hole, a hand full of light top dings, a ding or two on the peghead, and essentially no fret wear.
Normal AMW Price: $2,895
ON SALE: $2,795
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