McPherson 4.5 XP East Indian Rosewood/Adirondack Red Spruce  From McPherson

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Brazilian Rosewood vs. East Indian Rosewood: McPherson Acoustic Guitar Comparison

Acoustic Guitar Comparison featuring two McPherson Accoustic Guitars. These two guitars are almost identical except for their back and side wood. One has Brazilian Rosewood and the other has East Indian Rosewood. SoundPure Acoustic Guitar Expert, Robinson Earle, demonstrates the unique tone and flavor of each of these fantastic wood choices in SoundPure's boutique acoustic showroom in Durham, NC. If you like what you hear, check out this gear at SoundPure.com, or give us a call anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!  

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

East Indian Rosewood

East Indian Rosewood offers a deeply resonant tone. Rich complex low ends, and strong mids and highs make this a great all-around choice for back and sides.

Adirondack Red Spruce

Some call it the "holy grail" of top woods. It was widely used on pre-war and vintage instruments. Adirondack has a crisp, clear tone with high headroom and strong fundamental content.
McPherson Guitars

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. 

 

Specifications

Scale Length- 25 1/2"

Upper Bout: 11 1/8"

Waist: 10 1/8"

Lower Bout: 16"

Body Length: 20 1/8"

Overall Length: 41 1/2"

Fretboard Radius: 14"

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

String Spacing at Bridge: 2 3/16th

 

  • Offset Soundhole
  • 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 inch radius
  • Nut: Natural Bone
  • Buzz Feiten intonation system - Three custom bone saddles set up for low, medium, and tall action
  • Binding: Flamed Koa
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs 3 VOLT Element 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: IC&S 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

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