New Instruments: Pre-War Guitars Co.

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Pre-War Herringbone International, Distress Level 1

The Pre-War International Herringbone features all the build details of the company’s CITES Brazilian Dreadnought, but is constructed with Granidillo back and sides to allow for hassle-free international shipping. Granadillo isn’t a Dalbergia species, but shares tonal similarities with Brazilian rosewood, and this guitar has all the tone we’ve become accustomed to from Pre-War.

The guitar is designed on a mid-1930’s Dreadnought blueprint and features a torrefied Adirondack spruce top and forward-shifted scalloped torrefied braces to match. The neck dimensions are along the lines of a 30’s D with a rounded feel and a 1-3/4” nut. The bridge pins are set at 2-5/16” for a vintage string spread, and the playing feel is entirely 1930’s spec.

Herringbone top trim, zig-zag back strip, ivoroid bindings and diamonds and squares inlays in the fingerboard. Bone nut and saddle, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and Waverly tuning machines with aged patina.

This example was ordered with level 1 distressing, and shows light crazing in the lacquer, but no playwear and only minimal handling marks. We’ll leave the first scratches to you.

Expect an amazingly loud and powerful rosewood-voiced Dreadnought with huge headroom and a gorgeous chocolaty darkness. It’s an incredible sounding instrument.

With Harptone hardshell case

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