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 is no longer taking orders for his instruments as his back log grew and grew to years for those lucky few able to order one. You won't be seeing any of these anytime soon.
This guitar is a players instrument and shows wear. There are scratches and dings throughout, as shown in the numerous detail photos. The finish is worn through into the wood in multiple spots. The coverplate shows scratches and discoloration. Hardshell case included.
- Year: 2003
- Serial: 398
- Body: Flamed Maple
- Neck: Flamed Maple
- Large Body
- Nut Width: 1 7/8"
- Scale: 25"
- Fingerboard Overlay: Ebony
- Bindings: Black
- Harshell Case Included