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2006 Huss & Dalton DS-12

Serial number 1698. There's certainly something magical about big, lightly built 12 fret guitars, and Huss & Dalton did a very fine job of encapsulating that magic in this DS-12. It's an inspiring guitar, and surprisingly versatile -- flatpickers and fingerstylists will equally enjoy what it has to offer. A colorful array of overtones, bigness in the bass end response, volume, and a good amount of mid-range punch create an instrument whose overall effect blends elements of both the vintage D-28 and Gibson Roy Smeck models.

Indian rosewood back and sides, red spruce top and bracing, 12 fret mahogany neck with maple-bound fingerboard. Ebony bridge and pins, abalone pearl fingerboard inlays, maple body bindings and zig-zag back strip, bone nut and saddle, Waverly tuning machines, bevel-edge tortoise celluloid pickguard and gloss nitro lacquer finish.

The guitar is in nearly-new condition. No cracks or playwear, no fretwear, and beautifully set up in our shop. There is a minor ding about two inches away from the sound hole, bass side; and one other tiny ding on the lower side, but no other cosmetic imperfections.

Comfortable, contemporary neck feel, with a 1-23/32" nut (that's a hair less than 1-3/4"), and a string spread that widens to 2-7/32" (a hair less than 2-1/4") at the bridge. The slightly increased taper in the neck allows your right hand to have extra space to move around easily while keeping things pretty much normal for your left hand in the first position.

With original hardshell case.

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