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McPherson 4.0XP Engelmann Spruce/Figured Bubinga #1937  From McPherson

Stunning 4.0XP guitar with Engelmann Spruce and Highly-Figured Bubinga 


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Soft yet bright, this guitar was conceived in the collective unconscious of guitarists everywhere! It will transform the gentlest touch into a cascade of overtones that hang around just long enough to greet the first chord. The back and sides resemble a desert after a fresh rain; the sand darkened and dimpled into a brand new landscape. The top is snowfall brushed with sunlight. I could go on, but the pictures speak for themselves. This is the kind of guitar that makes you sit up straight and listen. This is a guitar that inspires. 

McPherson 4.0XP Engelmann Spruce/Figured Bubinga Acoustic Guitar Demo - McPherson Guitars

The 4.0XP Engelmann Spruce/Figured Bubinga from McPherson Guitars is truly an astonishingly beautiful guitar, both in tone and aesthetic. Often referred to as African Rosewood, Bubinga is actually not a part of the Rosewood family at all, however it does provide very similar tones most commonly exhibited with Rosewood Guitars. The warmth in the bass, and the complexity of overtones is directly attributed to the softness of the Engelmann Spruce top, which provides a palpable richness to the guitar's tone. The 4.0XP Engelmann Spruce/Figured Bubinga is best suited for gentler playing, it is great for fingerpicking, and really produces a supreme quality of sound, as to be expected in any McPherson Guitar. If you have any questions about this stunning, handmade McPherson or any other gear used in this video, please call SoundPure today 919.682.5552. or 888.528.9703. Big Thanks to Keith Ganz for contributing his incredible talent to the making of this video.    Gear Used: McPherson 4.0XP Engelmann Spruce/Figured Bubinga, Schoeps CMC6 Microphone body with MK22 Capsules, Sebatron Axis 200VU Preamp, Lynx Aurora A/D Converter

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

Top: Engelmann Spruce is light in color with rich, complex tone. This wood best suits a more gentle touch. Great for fingerpicking with warm bass and complex overtones.

Back & Sides: Often referred to as an African Rosewood, Bubinga is technically not in the Rosewood family. It does, however, share many of the tonal qualities found in other Rosewoods.  

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About Manufacturer

The acoustic guitar is an instrument with a lot of history. Some of the most incredible acoustic instruments were made in America during what is known as the “Golden Era” of guitar building, but not much has changed since. Many boutique builders pride themselves on making the most faithful recreations of these aging instruments, and most of the focus is placed on looking into the past.  McPherson Guitars is not one of these brands.

Believing that there is more to strive for out of flat-top acoustics, McPherson introduced their revolutionary Offset Soundhole Technology over three decades ago. This allows for greater vibration in the center of the guitar top, as well as more volume and clarity in the ears of the player. Their unique bracing system also creates a larger, more even space for the top to vibrate, increasing the clarity and projection of sound. Every McPherson guitar features a cantilevered neck, which means that the fretboard does not actually make contact with the guitar top. This design allows the space underneath the fretboard to vibrate, again contributing to a larger area of flexible surface on the top. McPherson guitars also offer an enormous selection of tonewoods, from the classic Spruce, Rosewood, and Mahogany varieties to the rare and exotic. Some of the less common tonewoods like Acacia, Cocobolo, Walnut, Pau Rosa, Macassar Ebony, and others can be combined in interested ways to make very unique sounding instruments. While many of the advancements McPherson has made in acoustic guitar building result in superior tone, sustain, and resonance, McPhersons are also far less susceptible to damage than their “Golden Era” counterparts. Every McPherson neck is fitted with a carbon graphite truss rod in a triangulated system that is so stable that it eliminates the need for neck adjustment. If you are looking for an acoustic guitar that is more than just a replica, look no further than McPherson Guitars. In 50 years, they might be the ones being replicated. 



Depth: 4" at block and 3.5" at tail block


Scale Length: 25.5"


Upper Bout: 11 1/8"


Waist: 10"


Lower Bout: 16"


Body Length: 20 1/8"


Overall Length: 41.5"


Neck Width: Standard 1 3/4" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th


Neck Width: Wide 1 7/8" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th


String Spacing: E to E 2 3/16"


Offset Sound Hole


Cantilevered Neck


Truss Rod: Non-Adjustable, unidirectional high-modulus carbon fiber


Ebony Bridge


Ebony bridge pins: unslotted with mother of pearl dot


Fingerboard: Ebony with 14" radius


Frets: All frets dressed by Plek Pro


Nut: Natural Bone


The Buzz Feiten intonation system: Three custom bone saddles set up for low, med, and tall action


Binding: Flamed Koa


Electronics: L.R. Baggs RTS2 system. Ribbon transducer pick-up, pre-amp and volume control


Tuners: Schaller M6G Gold Tuning Machines


Gold Strap Button


Case: Custom fit Ameritage case with built in humidification system


Inlay: McPherson mother of pearl inlay on head cap and mirror image on bridge plate


Finish: UV finish. An extremely durable clear finish which retains tonal integrity of the wood while protecting the guitar from harmful elements


Strings: Elixir Nanoweb medium gauge strings