Tim Scheerhorn, who was headed for a career as an engineer, before deciding to change courses and become an instrument builder has revolutionized Dobro design and construction. He is, quite simply, building some of the best Dobros that have ever been built.
Tim redesigned the Dobro from the ground up. He uses all solid woods and has always used solid woods, instead of laminates. He took the Dobro to be an acoustic instrument, which it is, and wanted to make the most resonant guitar he could make. He thought that the sound well inside resonator instruments "locked all the resonant qualities of the top and back" inside the guitar. He uses internal baffles to capture the guitar and a specially designed ramped, parabolically curved baffle that starts at the waist and curves toward the neck block. This gave the Dobro far more projection and a much bigger sound. This baffle design also helped eliminate the soundwell chamber.
Another design first was the "L" body or Large body. From the builder, "In it's basic dimensions, it's about a half an inch longer, from tailpiece to the neck, than the standard Dobro, about a half-inch wider in the waist and a quarter-inch deeper." This makes the instrument's tone surprisingly deeper and more available at any level.
What does this all add up to on this fine example of Mr. Scheerhorn's work? A Dobro that is expansively loud. It fills rooms with it's lush sweet tones. Single note runs jump out of the instrument, and chords ring making other guitars envious in it's sustain. The hype is real, this is the real deal.
Tim has stopped taking orders for instruments and instead, started producing what he calls "Wishlist" instruments. Tim builds the instruments that he wants, then goes down his waiting list. If you are next on the list, you can purchase the instrument or pass on it. At the time of writing, he has produced only 8 "Wishlist" instruments.
This special L-Body is constructed using a special set of African Mahogany. This wood has quite a story, to say the least. One of Tim's friends, a member of the Peace Corps, acquired some artwork from Africa in the 1960s. Upon shipping it to the US, the crates were constructed using African Mahogany. This good friend held on to the crates and eventually gave them to Tim with guitar building in mind. Wishlist #2 and #3 were both built using this special wood. This particular guitar is Wishlist #2. Tim named the special wood "Peace Corps Mahogany."
The tone of this instrument is everything you could ever hope for from a Dobro... and more! The sound is rich, full, and crystal clear. Power is unlimited on these instruments and you will probably go deaf if you can play these hard enough to break up the tone. There is a reason why the best players in the world trust Tim Scheerhorn's work... stop by our shop and find out for yourself!
This used instrument shows only light finish scratches on the upper bout. There are also some areas of slight finish hazing, common on deep colored finishes such as this. Original hardshell case included.
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