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Preston Thompson 000-12 Adirondack/Mahogany Acoustic #1535  From Preston Thompson

A warm and articulate pairing of Adirondack Spruce and Mahogany based on classic design with some refinements from the fine folks at Preston Thompson guitars.

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What We Think

Stunning work from the good people at Preston Thompson.  This instrument offers everything you'd want out of the bodystyle/tonewood combo with none of the drawbacks that plague similar, particularly vintage, instruments (the astounding clarity in the bass and presence of a truss rod, in particular, are welcome features).  Warm, woody and balanced with just the right amount of top end sheen to perk up the ears.  A taut, powerful bass and, of course, gorgeous mids.  Flatpicking, fingerpicking, lead playing, strumming--when you push this guitar it pushes back in the best way possible! 

Manufacturer's Description from Preston Thompson

Preston Thompson 12 Fret 000 guitars are based on an exceptional 1929 000 owned by our late friend and mentor Charles Sawtelle. For years before the development of the dreadnought body style, the 12 fret 000 was the largest guitar available. To us, the 12 fret 000 is still one of the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing guitars ever created. The tone and versatility is unequaled. You can throw all the guitar adjectives at this one: sweet, responsive, loud, woody, lively, etc., and you’d still come up short in the true talents this model processes.

A few of the design features that contribute to the guitar’s sound and playability is the 12 fret neck joint, placing the bridge more in the center of guitar’s lower bout for efficient use of the soundboard. The slotted peg head allows increased string ramp over the nut as the strings wind onto the tuner post centered in the headstock. Both ends of the tuner post are also embedded into the guitar headstock – hence no wasted energy.

This guitar is built with a standard long 25.4” scale length (short scale length can be requested) with red spruce tops as standard but other woods may be substituted if desired. Whether Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, Honduran Rosewood or Brazilian Rosewood, Thompson 12 Fret 000 guitars are built with the finest woods, materials and craftsmanship to deliver the true vintage tone and playability.

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.


Model: 000-12 MA

Serial: 1535

Top: Adirondack Spruce

Back/Sides: Mahogany

Binding: Tortoise

Top Purfling: BWBW

Back Purfling: None

Side Purfling: None

Soundhole: 3 7/8"

Rosette: Style 18 Three Ring

Back Strip: Ebony Strip

Tail Wedge: Tortoise

Top Bracing Pattern: Advanced X Position

Top Bracing: Adirondack Pre-War Scalloped

Back Bracing: Adirondack

Tongue Brace: Yes

Neck Material: Mahogany

Truss Rod: 12 Fret Adjustable

Peghead Overlay: Figured Ebony

Peghead Logo: Regency Torch with Logo

Custom Inlay: Regency Torch with Logo

Headstock Binding: None

Headstock Type: Slotted

Neck Binding: None

Volute: None

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Width @ 12th Fret: 2 1/4"

String Spacing: 2 5/16"

Neck Thickness: .0860"

Neck Profile: Soft V

Heel Cap: Tortoise

Neck Finish: Vintage Brown Mahogany

Top Finish: Shaded Top

Back/Sides Finish: Vintage Brown Mahogany Gloss

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Bridge Material: Ebony

Sunburst: Natural

Fingerboard Style: Style 18

Fingerboard Bindings: None

Fingerboard Inlay: Old 18 Style Dots

Inlay Material: Abalone

Scale: 25.4"

Side Position Markers: 2mm Dots

Side Position Material: White MOP

End/Bridge Pin Type: Ebony

Strap Button: None

Bridge Type: Ebony Belly Drop In

Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel with Butter Bean Buttons

Nut Material: Bone

Saddle Material/Style: Bone Compensated

Pickguard: Tortoise 000

Fret Wire: Standard Nickel Silver

Case: Harptone Hardshell

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