Preston Thompson D-EIA Adirondack/EIR Dread #1770  From Preston Thompson

Preston Thompson's exquisite dread in East Indian Rosewood and Addy spruce!

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Manufacturer's Description from Preston Thompson

Preston Thompson dreadnought models are all crafted to produce the tone and volume that the dreadnought guitar was originally designed to achieve. These are powerful instruments that, when needed, stand up to the volume of a mandolin, fiddle, and banjo. They have the bass response that provides an almost full orchestral backing to vocals. Their mid-range response and bright trebles take flatpicking and lead playing to new levels of achievement.

These are traditional instruments and all models are based on the famous 1937 Herringbone Dreadnought, owned by the late, great Charles Sawtelle of the award-winning bluegrass band, Hot Rize. All feature red spruce (Adirondack) tops chosen for tap tone and stiffness, advanced X-brace placement, hand graduated top thickness, pre-war hand carved scalloped braces, nitrocellulose lacquer finishes and time-tested design features such as dovetail neck joints.

It’s all about sound, and that is what the Thompson dreadnought specializes in. Regardless of the model – mahogany, East Indian rosewood, Honduran rosewood or Brazilian rosewood, Thompson dreadnoughts are built with the finest woods, materials, and craftsmanship to deliver that sought after pre-war sound and playing feel.

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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: D-EIA

Serial: 1770

Top: Adirondack Spruce

Back/Sides: East Indian Rosewood

Binding: Ivoroid

Top Purfling: Herringbone

Back Purfling: BW

Side Purfling: None

Soundhole: 4"

Rosette: 3 Ring 28 Style

Back Strip: Zig Zag

Tail Wedge: Ivoroid

Top Bracing Pattern: Advanced X Adirondack

Top Bracing: Pre-War Scalloped

Back Bracing: Adirondack

Tongue Brace: Yes

Neck Material: Mahogany

Truss Rod: 14-Fret Adjustable

Peghead Overlay: Figured Ebony

Peghead Logo: Regency Torch with Logo

Custom Inlay: None

Headstock Binding: Ivoroid

Headstock Type: Solid

Neck Binding: Ivoroid

Volute: Yes

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Width @ 12th Fret: 2 1/4"

String Spacing: 2 5/16"

Neck Thickness: .860"

Neck Profile: Soft V

Heel Cap: Ivoroid

Neck Finish: Vintage Brown Mahogany

Top Finish: Natural Gloss

Back/Sides Finish: Natural Gloss

Fingerboard Material: Ebony

Bridge Material: Ebony

Sunburst: None

Fingerboard Style: 28 Style Ebony

Fingerboard Bindings: None

Fingerboard Inlay: Slotted Diamonds & Squares

Inlay Material: Abalone

Scale: 25.4"

Side Position Markers: 2mm Dots

Side Position Material: White MOP

End/Bridge Pin Type: Ivoroid

Strap Button: Optional

Bridge Type: Ebony Belly Drop-In

Tuning Machines: Nickel Waverly Butterbean 4060

Nut Material: Bone

Saddle Material/Style: Bone Compensated

Pickguard: Tortoise Dreadnought

Fret Wire: Standard Nickel Silver

Case: Harptone Dreadnought

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