Preston Thompson D-MA Addy/Mahogany Dread #1292  From Preston Thompson

Preston Thompson's exquisite dread in mahogany and Addy spruce!


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This dreadnought from Preston Thompson is an incredible instrument that sticks to the pre-war school of guitar building and gets you a great vintage sound from a guitar built today. You can almost tell as soon as you sit down that it wants to be played and has such a great balance in its tone that lends itself to many different styles. If you like pre-war style dreadnoughts, this will have a familiar feeling, and the tone will have you grinning from ear to ear!

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Preston Thompson D-MA Addy/Mahogany Dread #1292 Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure acoustic guitar specialist Barrett Brooks tests out the Preston Thompson D-MA Dread #1292. This guitar features an Adirondack top, and mahogany back & sides.

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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.

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.


Serial Number: 1292

Model: D-MA

Mahogany Back & Sides

Adirondack Top

Solid Headstock with Thompson Mother of Pearl Logo Inlay

One Piece Mahogany Neck

Figured Ebony Headstock Overlay

Natural Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish

Style 18 Concentric Rings

Tortoise Celluloid Binding

Top Purfling - BWBW

Simple Ebony Back Strip

Nut – 1 3/4” – Strings Spacing – 2 5/16”

Tortoise Heel Cap

Hand-graduated Top with Advanced X Bracing

Pre-war Scalloped Adirondack Braces

Old Style 1930s Dot Position Markers

Waverly Nickel Tuners with Butterbean Buttons

Ebony Fingerboard, Bridge, and Bridge Pins

Bone Nut and Saddle

Single Action Adjustable Truss Rod

Medium Elixir Strings