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John Walker Wise River Dreadnought Acoustic #HL11 - Used  From Other

Former Gibson Montana luthier, John Walker, knows his way around a classic slope shouldered dread and it shows in this lovely warm Wise River model!


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Condition: Used, Excellent

J-what?  Leave what you think you know at the door--this one will change the way you think about things, i.e. other guitars and your playing.  Sweet 'n' strong to the ears, easy and encouraging to the hands.  This is what it's all about, folks--a one man shop with the experience, chops, and good taste needed to step up to the work bench and slam something like this out into the stratosphere.

Manufacturer's Description from Other

Montana years

It started at the Flatiron Mandolin and Banjo Company in Bozeman Montana in the 1980's. While at Flatiron I worked with Eric Lange in the Banjo Department. After a couple of years, I transitioned to the Gibson Montana Division, which was also located in Bozeman. At the Gibson Montana Division I learned the art of building flat top acoustic guitars. During my tenure at Gibson Montana, along with Ren Ferguson, I developed the Custom Shop. During this time it was my privilege to build non-production instruments for artists and special orders. I was also involved in developing new models and tooling.

Seattle years

At the end of 1995, I left Gibson Montana Division and relocated in Seattle Washington. While I am proud of my work with Tacoma Guitars, I was most fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Michael Gurian. From him, I learned about a different aspect of the guitar industry as it relates to the manufacture of marquetry, rosettes, bridge and end pins, hand made specialty files and laser work (see our other links page for more information about Michael's business). In 2001, I had the opportunity to work with Steve Andersen, who is known for his fine Arch Top guitars as well as Mandolins (see our other links page for more information about Steve's instruments). The years with Steve were an invaluable experience, learning about innovation as well as working with a meticulous craftsman that can do it all.


Now, I have begun my own line of instruments, based on what I know, what I have learned, and what you prefer. My goal is to produce fine quality instruments that you will love playing. I look forward to working with you to achieve this goal.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  


Model: Wise River

Serial: HL11

Year: 2008

Top Material: Red Spruce

Back & Sides: Mahogany

Bracing: Red Spruce

Binding: Ivoroid

Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Color: Sunburst

Neck Material: Mahogany

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Scale Length: 24 3/4"

Number of Frets: 20

Nut Material: Bone

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Inlays: Mother of Pearl

Tuners: Nickel Waverly Tuners

Truss Rod Cover: 

Pickguard: Tiger Stripe

Saddle Material: Bone

Bridge: Ebony

Electronics: Under-Saddle Pickup

Case: Hardshell