Preston Thompson 0000-EIA Adirondack/EIR Acoustic #1590  From Preston Thompson

A lovely 0000 14 fret from Preston Thompson adorned with Adirondack Spruce and East Indian Rosewood. All the sweetness of an OM with all the power of a dread!

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It makes sense that this was Preston's first design--this 0000, in many ways, can accomplish much of what several differents bodystyles can along with a lot that it alone can offer.  The balance, sensitivity, and comfort of a smaller guitar is met equally with the power, presence, and force of a larger instrument.  Certainly not a direct copy of the Martins quads we all know and love either--that slightly different curvature to the upper bout seems to have graced PT's model with an airiness and fullness that eludes other Martin and Martin inspired guitars out there.  And what a look, too--the fretboard inlay and tuners play perfectly against that uncommonly straight grained set of EIR on the back and sides.  One in a million!

Manufacturer's Description from Preston Thompson

The 0000 or as it was originally called here at Thompson Guitars, the T-1, was the first guitar body shape drawn and built by Preston while he attended the School of Guitar Research and Design. Many of the very first Thompson Guitars were 0000’s and are known for their bigger 16” lower bout guitar tone and excellent balance.

Our 0000 model offers the approximate volume of a Dreadnought but is a very comfortable instrument to play because of the tighter waist and narrower body depth. If you’re looking for an instrument with the power of a larger guitar with the sweet tone of an OM or 000, this is a model you might want to consider. Responsive, articulate and powerful the 0000 is hard to beat as an all-round wonderful guitar.

The 0000 model guitars come standard with a 25.4” scale and are available with any of our back and side tonewood selections. Tonewoods include Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, Cuban Mahogany, Panama Rosewood, 5A Brazilian and Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian Rosewood. The finest grade Adirondack Spruce tops are standard but other soundboards may be substituted, including our new Alaska Barge Sitka. A rare find, these Sitka tops were harvested after the wood was submerged in salt-water for decades. This unique wood has been cured to a beautiful tone and appearance, some with a distinct blue-gray color.

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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: 0000-E1A

Serial: 1590

Top: Adirondack Spruce

Back/Sides: East Indian Rosewood

Neck: Solid Mahogany

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Braces: Adirondack Spruce, Kerfing/Spanish Cedar

Rosette: 3 Ring 28 Style

Binding: Grained Ivoroid - Herringbone

Peghead Overlay: Figured Ebony

Peghead Inlay: Logo

Peghead Binding: None

Fingerboard Binding: None

Fingerboard: Ebony

Fingerboard Inlay: White MOP Mystic Snowflakes

Fret Material: 18% Nickel Silver

Frets: 20

Truss Rod: Single Action

Bridge: Ebony

Nut/Saddle: Bone

Pickguard: Tortoise

Bridge Pins: Ivoroid

Finish: Nitrocellulose Gloss

Tuners: Waverly Nickel w/Ivoroid Buttons

Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze

Case: Harptone Hardshell

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