Huss and Dalton Model 0 Prototype 1 Engelmann Spruce and Mahogany ID-6420
Huss and Dalton Model 0 Prototype 1 Engelmann Spruce and Mahogany
As our youngest builder and established in 1995; Huss and Dalton began when Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton had the idea to build the guitar they wanted to play. While always appreciating the traditional design, both had a vision of a guitar that paid homage to tradition while incorporating improvements in the the structural design and cosmetics of the steel string guitar. Never content to rest on their laurels, they recently introduced their Road Edition model to great success, as well as their "Crossroads" model more based on a the 00, and we are proud to introduce one of their latest models The Model 0. We are fortunate also to have this one, as this is the Prototype #1! The Huss and Dalton Model 0 takes it's inspiration from their popular 12fret 00 model. The differences are a lower bout width of 13 1/2" compared to the 00 14 1/8". Additionally, the body length has been shortened from the 00's 19 3/8" to a nice, and compact 18 7/8".
However, don't let the size fool you! This small body Model 0 produces a surprising amount of volume. Incredibly clear and balanced in tone, it's braced for light gauge strings, and designed with the finger-style player in mind. We were slack jawed as each of us played the instrument here in the shop, and it held up to anything we threw at it! It pairs Engelmann Spruce with Mahogany and features Indian Rosewood body binding and a vintage style straight bridge.
Engelmann is also known as white, European or German spruce, although they are technically different species. It is usually visually distinguishable from Sitka by its creamier complexion. Engelmann has a mature tone, and yields a slightly richer midrange than Sitka, which makes a guitar sound a bit older. When braced with Huss and Dalton's exclusive hand split Adirondack spruce bracing, you effectively stiffen a very soft top, giving it a faster note response, more pronounced mid-range, and an overall larger sound than you would normal achieve with the softer Sikta spruce bracing. The gorgeous Mahogany back and sides provide a flat EQ response, dry, crisp note character, and certainly definition of note. When played chordally, Mahogany will allow you to hear each and every note in a complex chord, plus single note runs will be crystal clear.
The 12 fret body design moves the bridge into a more central location on the top, giving you substantially more bass than on a similarly sized 14 fret body joint guitar. If you are looking for an instrument that can be played anywhere, be incredibly comfortable, and provide a range of sound that is unheard of in this size of instrument, Huss and Dalton have achieved a accomplishment of no small feat!
- Serial: 3565
- Top Wood: Engelmann Spruce
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale: 24.9"
- Inlays: 12 Fret Style Slotted Squares
- Rosette: Herringbone with Rings
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Nut Material: Bone
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Saddle Spacing: 2 5/16"
- Bridge: Vintage Style "Straight"
- Bridge Pins: Ebony w/ Pearl Dots
- Tuners: Nickel Waverly with Ivoroid Buttons
- Purfling: Maple/W/B/W/B/W/B
- Body Binding: Indian Rosewood
- Backstrip: Herringbone
- Headstock Shape: Solid
- Frets To Body: 12
- Body Depth: 4 1/8"
- Lower Bout Width: 13 1/2"
- Body Length: 18 7/8"
- Case: Tweed Hardshell Case Included
- Misc. 1: Prototype 1