This jumbo steel string guitar is patterned after the well known Gibson SJ200, but with some modifications to suit the playing style of most guitarists. Specifically, the neck and heel are considerably thinner. Also, the use of mahogany for the back and sides makes the guitar lighter in weight and more comfortable to hold.
This instrument was built with a torrefied Adirondack red spruce soundboard, curly Honduran mahogany back and sides and a one piece Honduran mahogany neck. The ebony fretboard holds a 25 1/2″ scale and has a 12″ radius of curvature. The peghead veneer and bridge are also ebony. The bindings are Indian rosewood. Abalone purfling lines are found throughout the instrument. The body is 17″ wide and 4 3/4″ deep at the tail.
This guitar has tremendous sustain compared to its maple cousins. The bass notes are crystal clear without the booming sound one would hear in a similarly sized rosewood body. The balance from string to string is exceptional. Due to its light construction, the instrument has a highly desirable bell-like quality when strummed and it has great projection without having to aggressively attack the strings.