(NEW) We've seen dreadnoughts in every possible configuration, but sometimes we get a nice reminder of the possibilities that come when you combine a little imagination and a great luthiery team. Well, luthiery teams don't come much better than the folks at Huss & Dalton, and we're very happy to have this distinctive new DR-H to talk about today!
The rub on koa has always been that its natural beauty overshadows its tonal qualities, and we'd like to help to both set expectations and highlight the many attributes of koa guitars. Koa could definitely be said to land between rosewood and mahogany, and that's pretty fair. On this particular guitar, the deepest resonance seems to be not in the lowest bass notes, but in the lower middle range. The low E is lovely but focused, but there is a thickness of sound that comes alive around the low G. This is actually a very practical EQ profile, it's not a guitar that you'll need to dial any bass out of in the studio or in live performance. We also hear this guitar as having very round trebles pretty much all over the neck. Combined with great note separation, this guitar seems to love fingerpicking and fiddle tunes, in addition to being a fine strummer. It's a very fine sound that doesn't replicate mahogany or rosewood dreadnoughts, but stands out all on its own.
We used thermally cured (torrefied) Sitka for the top on this one, our favorite top wood on the DR-H model. Quick response, strong low end, dashing good looks. The back and sides, if you don't know by now, are koa... more of the striped variety vs the tight flame that koa is usually known for. The guitar is lightly built, not a tank in the least. The neck is mahogany with a very soft "V" neck profile, and as a dreadnought this one has a traditional long scale length. The nut width is 1 23/32" and the saddle spacing is 2 1/4". Ebony fingerboard with short pattern diamond inlays, ebony bridge with ebony pins and nice tall bone saddle. The entire guitar is bound in Indian rosewood and the head cap is koa. This guitar is a head turner!!! The tuners are gold Gotohs with the H&D logo emblazoned on them. Includes original tweed-style TKL hard case.
List Price: $6,375... AMW Price: $5,735
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