Preston Thompson 00-14 Addy/EIR Acoustic #1409  From Preston Thompson

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Get ready for another great traditional guitar from Preston Thompson! While we have a relatively new relationship with Preston, we've been blown away by the craftsmanship of his guitars and with this OO we get our smallest guitar yet! The OO-14 is a great guitar for writing songs without the hassle of a dread on your lap, or if you are a performer looking for a dependable guitar that will sound as good as your records while out on the road. This specific guitar has an Adirondack top that just fits the instrument so perfectly that I couldn't help but stare the first few times I've opened the case and you will certainly appreciate the complexity that it will provide. This guitar has a rich and beautiful sound without straying into more modern guitar tones and is a great example of what Preston is doing out in Oregon! If you want a pre-war inspired guitar that is handbuilt by a master luthier then you should definitely give Preston Thompson another look!

Manufacturer's Description from Preston Thompson

00-14

Preston Thompson 00 guitars are made to similar specifications as our 000’s as either 12 or 14 fret models. 00 model instruments are smaller bodied guitars that fill a niche between larger guitars (000’s and Dreadnoughts) and smaller Parlor size guitars. For that reason, they have an intimate feel and voice that is elegant and inspiring.

Solo performers and songwriters have enjoyed the unique attributes of these beautiful guitars for decades. 00’s are sweet, warm and about as charming as a guitar can get. In keeping with the exacting standards of all our guitars, the woods we use, our features and designs are true to those great American made instruments from the 1930’s.

About Preston Thompson

Our fine guitars are designed by master guitar luthier Preston Thompson. Discovered by bluegrass virtuosos Charles Sawtelle and Peter Rowan in the 1980s, Preston has built a reputation for handmade, original vintage guitars. He got his start building guitars under Charles Fox at the School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in Vermont, the first school for guitar makers in North America.

During the 1970s, he honed his guitar-making skills at the legendary Randy Wood’s Old Time Pickin’ Parlor, the center of Nashville’s bluegrass music jam scene. In the 1980s, Preston’s custom acoustic guitars attracted the attention of the top flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarists in the world. For three years in a row, his instruments were selected over other top brands as the choice of prize by the winner of the National Flatpicking Championships at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.

His collaboration with bluegrass great Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize gave Preston access to Sawtelle’s collection of rare and famous pre-war vintage instruments. The guitar Preston built for Sawtelle based on these studies became one of his most treasured instruments. And Preston uses his detailed measurements of those instruments to this day to create guitars that are coveted for their superlative sound, the beauty of their materials, and the precision of their construction.

Preston Thompson Guitars

About Manufacturer

From our workshop in the music-loving town of Sisters, Oregon we build custom guitars and standard models based on the best American made guitars from the 1930s. The choice of Grammy-winning flatpick and fingerstyle guitarists alike, Preston Thompson Guitars are among the best acoustic guitars available anywhere, renowned for superior tone, craftsmanship and materials.

Our fine guitars are designed by master guitar luthier, Preston Thompson. Discovered by bluegrass virtuosos Charles Sawtelle and Peter Rowan in the 1980s, Preston has built a reputation for handmade, original vintage style guitars based closely on the measurements and sound quality of those golden era steel string guitars. He got his start building guitars under Charles Fox at the School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in Vermont, one of the first schools for guitar making in North America.

It was during his collaboration with bluegrass great Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize, that Preston began to gather measurements from Sawtelle’s collection of rare and famous pre-war vintage instruments.

The guitar Preston built for Sawtelle based on these studies became one of his most treasured instruments. And Preston uses his detailed measurements of those instruments to this day to create guitars that are coveted for their superlative sound, the beauty of their materials, and the precision of their construction.

Specifications

Serial Number: 1409

Model: 00-14

Top: Adirondack Spruce

Back and Sides: East Indian Rosewood

Rosette: 3 Ring 28 Style

Braces: Adirondack Spruce/Kerfing/Spanish Cedar

Neck: Solid Mahogany

Binding/Trim: Grained Ivoroid/Herringbone

Peghead Overlay: Figured Ebony

Peghead Inlay: Logo

Fingerboard: Ebony

Scale Length: 24.9"

Fingerboard Inlay: Slotted Diamonds & Squares

Frets: 18% Nickel Silver

Trus Rod - Adjustable: Single Action

Bridge: Ebony

Nut/Saddle: Bone

Pickguard: Tortoise Style

Bridge Pins: Ivoroid

Finish: Nitrocellulose Gloss

Tuners: Waverly Nickel, Butterbean Knobs

Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Light

Hardshell Case

 

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