(NEW) We love the Troublesome Creek company for so many reasons. They're the only non-profit brand we work with, and their mission is training people who are in recovery from substance abuse issues (an epidemic in their region of the country) to have luthiery skills and construct a fine line of guitars and mandolins. It's a noble cause and we applaud them... but they also happen to make some seriously cool guitars!!!
The SD-1 is their slope-shouldered dreadnought model, though at a 15" lower bout it runs a little smaller than similar offerings from Gibson etc. This guitar has a lovely Adirondack spruce top and distinctive white oak back and sides. We don't see oak used often in guitar making these days, as it tends to run heavy, but this guitar is light weight and well balanced. The sound is impressive, gutsy with a strong fundamental. Another case of "blonde" not being equal to "bright".
The look is clean and falls just a little on the artsy side, with a wide split-herringbone rosette, unique pick guard and bridge shapes, and nicely contrasting tortoise body bindiing, butt wedge and tuner buttons. The maple neck has a comfortable modern low oval profile, with 1 3/4" nut, 2 3/16" string spacing at the saddle. The scale is long, 25 1/2" to be exact. The ebony fingerboard has pearl dot inlays. The tuners are Waverly.
This instrument is both fun and highly functional, and we love that Troublesome Creek is making positive changes in this world! Includes original hard case.
AMW Price: $3,495 (Online checkout)
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