Featured Guitar May 2009
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Montuoro Guitar Co. Style 7 Dreadnought Special
I don’t think I need to point out what makes this guitar “special” – all you have to do is look. This is a very special guitar indeed. The wood checker rope purflings that I usually use for top decoration are extended throughout the guitar incorporating it in the back strip, fingerboard binding and end graft. The Cocobolo back and sides make a very dramatic statement. Although more dense than Brazilian Rosewood, Cocobolo creates a guitar with a very similar tonal spectrum and looks gorgeous in the process.
The body on this guitar is similar to the 14 fret Larson Dreadnoughts from the 1930’s, being a bit shorter in overall body length and with Martins slightly deeper body of 4” at the neck and 5” at the tail. Supposedly the first incarnation of the 14 fret Dreadnoughts had this slightly deeper body with a marginally shorter body length. Either way the combination helps to create a very robust and angelic tone.
Based on specific customer design elements, the neck width is rather narrow at 1 21/32” with a very shallow neck profile quite similar to that of a late 1950’s Gibson Les Paul, proving that when ordering a custom guitar you are only limited by your imagination.