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Altman A-D1 Mahogany 1937 Model Dreadnought

New - Anyone who has either owned or played a pre-war Dreadnought knows that “special” unforgettable tone and delivery, dryness, vibrating “alive feel”, sweet deep booming low end, punchy & dominating midrange and clean and decisive trebles. It has been many players dream to own one from that magical “Golden Era” 1936-1938 period. That being said, we have been fortunate over the last several years to offer some of the finest acoustic guitars to the guitar community, but we have never encountered an instrument that so closely replicates that ancient sound than these instruments. A very challenging statement for sure but ask the people who now own one and you will hear from them that this is the “real deal.” The question we get asked constantly is, “how does Bob get a 70 year old sound in a new guitar? Many of these owners admit to us that the Altman is actually stronger in power and has more clarity than their original Pre-War guitars. You yourself will have to make that call but Richard Bennett one of the premier “flatpickers” on the planet, who plays both a Mahogany & Rosewood version on our site, told us without reservation, that “these are the best guitars I’ve ever had in my hands” and he also has owned many originals. One thing is for certain and that is once you play one, it will stay in your head. The features are: Built to 1936-1938 specifications entirely by hand, Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, 1 ¾’’ nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, Tortoise style binding, solid Ebony bridge pins, Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck, thru saddle, Tortoise grain pickguard, traditional style rosette, dot inlay, Waverly “Butterbean” tuners, “antiqued” top aging toner, 2 5/16’’ string spacing and varnish finish. The neck profile is very close to a “vintage now” style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Light as a feather but complete “ancient” sounding in tone, separation, power, clarity, headroom and playability. Priced with deluxe hard case. Call or email for pricing and availability.
Product ID: 834

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Altman A-D2 Cocobolo Rosewood 1937 Model

New - To the person who has owned or played a pre-war Dreadnought from the 1936-1938 “Golden Era” you know the tone and sound that is encapsulated within those instruments. This guitar so closely replicates the pre-war tone and overall sound that it is shocking and the question that always is asked is “how does he make a new guitar sound 70 plus years old? We took this guitar to the recent I.B.M.A. and several well known players played this instrument, and every one that played it had exactly the same comment, “man this sounds like an old bone.) While we were there we were fortunate to compare it to an extremely nice original 1937 D-28 when it came into the booth and after the comparison we received 4 orders from totally stunned pickers. If you are searching for that real tone, power, balance and response, then your search is over as these are the finest instruments we have ever encountered. Richard Bennett one of the best in the business, told us after playing one for the first time, “this is the best guitar I’ve ever had in my hand including the originals I’ve owned and its hard to believe that this is a new guitar.” The specifications are: Built entirely by hand, Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, 1 ¾’’ bone nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, original style Herringbone top trim, solid bone bridge pins with red-eye inlay, beautiful Cocobolo back & sides, Honduran Mahogany neck, thru saddle, Tortoise grain pickguard, traditional style rosette, original style fingerboard inlay, Waverly “Relic” Butterbean tuners, “antiqued” top aging toner, 2 5/16’’ string spacing and varnish finish. The neck profile is very close to a “vintage now” style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Complete “ancient” sounding in tone, separation, power, clarity, headroom and playability. Priced with deluxe hard case. Please call for introductory pricing.
Product ID: 825

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Altman A-D1 Mahogany 1937 Model Dreadnought

New - To the seasoned player, and people who have either owned or played an original mid-thirties Dreadnought, agree that 1936-1938 is deemed to be that magical “Golden Era” period where the tone of these instruments are pinnacle. With that being said, we have never ever encountered a guitar that so closely replicates this overall sound and tone than these instruments. A challenging statement for sure, but the proof is with the people who have obtained one, with a few of them that also own pre-war models. Many of these owners admit to us that the Altman is actually stronger in power and has more clarity than their original Pre-War guitars. You yourself will have to make that call but Richard Bennett one of the premier “flatpickers” on the planet, who plays both a Mahogany & Rosewood version on our site, told us without reservation, that “these are the best guitars I’ve ever had in my hands” and he also has owned many originals. The features are: Built entirely by hand, Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, 1 ¾’’ nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, Tortoise style binding, solid Ebony bridge pins, Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck, thru saddle, Tortoise grain pickguard, traditional style rosette, dot inlay, Waverly “Relic” Butterbean tuners, “antiqued” top aging toner, 2 5/16’’ string spacing and varnish finish. The neck profile is very close to a “vintage now” style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Light as a feather but complete “ancient” sounding in tone, separation, power, clarity, headroom and playability. Priced with deluxe hard case. Please call for introductory pricing.
Product ID: 824

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