McPherson 5.0XP Port Orford Cedar/Striped Macassar Ebony #1625  From McPherson


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This 5.0 XP is the largest sounding McPherson on our wall. If you are looking for a McPherson with great low end response, then this is the guitar for you. The Macassar Ebony provides amazing low-end clarity and focus. The Port Orford top gives very nice overtones with a silky smoothness that is not harsh. Like all McPhersons, the setup is incredible. They have one of the most playable neck profiles out there. Comfy for strumming and playing lines all day long. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this guitar or any others in our fine inventory.

McPherson 5.0XP Guitar Demo - Cedar/Ebony #1625

This McPherson 5.0XP with Port Orford Cedar Top and Striped Macassar Ebony Backs and Sides, serial #1625 from the Sound Pure guitar boutique captured in stunning detail and clarity with Earthworks QTC40 Microphones through a Earthworks 1024 Mic Preamp. Flatpicking monster John Garris tears through this gorgeous instrument in this great-sounding demo recording, that exhibits how beautiful this McPherson sounds and looks. This guitar is available through the Sound Pure guitar boutique, and all of the great recording gear used to make this recording is available from Sound Pure Pro Audio. Call our experts today to discuss any of the gear used in this footage, toll free at 888-528-9703.

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

Top: Port Orford Cedar

Back and Sides: Striped Macassar Ebony


Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is a member of the cypress family and not a true cedar. It falls tonally between spruce and cedar, leaning toward a warm spruce top in sound and stiffness.

Striped Macassar Ebony is a very dense and heavy tonewood from Southeast Asia. Macassar Ebony features a robust and loud tone much like rosewood, with great clarity.

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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 5" at tail block


Scale Length: 25"


Upper Bout: 11 1/8"


Waist: 10"


Lower Bout: 16"


Body Length: 20 1/8"


Overall Length: 41"


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

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