When looking for this guitar I was interested in six string acousic dreadnoughts made to the 12th fret with a neck size of 1 and 7/8 inches wide. You'd be surprized at how small my selection became; a custom made guitar, a $6000.00 James Goodall, the Santa Cruz D-12 and a few others. I found this one used for a steal! I it the most fantastic guitar I could ever hope to have. I regret nothing about my decision and my grandkids won't either.
Where Obtained: The Northern Rose
Made in Santa Cruz California, by Richard Hoover. Solid sitka spruse top, solid mahogany sides and back, ebony fretboard. This is a six string acoustic that is made with the body meeting the 12th fret. It has 19 frets. The finish is natural with pearl inlay, herringbone binding, and a slotted peghead. It has bone nut and saddle and a 'string through body' ebony bridge. Waverly tuners for slotted peghead.
This instrument has a 1 and 7/8inch neck so it is a pleasure for flatpickers, fingerpickers, people with big hands or fat fingers, and others to play. The action "like butter, warm butter," I've never played another guitar that even compares. It can handle medium gauge strings with ease and light guage are just amazingly simple to manipulate, not that I can even play this beauty to its potential.
The sheer volume of the instrument gives it complex overtones in all ranges (bass through treble) and the sustain is awesome. The guitar was built with legendary flatpicker Norman Blake in mind, but lends itself well to anything from classical and jazz to bluegrass. I love the sound, powerful bass, but clear bright trebles as well. With a hard pick and some technique is can be heard in most acoustic jams.
Well I haven't owned it long enough to have any real problems. I got it used but in near perfect condition, so either the pervious owner never played or treated it like a sacred child. I keep it in its case if its not being played in my hands, and it lives with a humidifier.