Huss and Dalton TD R Guitar Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-9542
Huss and Dalton TD R
Huss and Dalton TD R Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood ID-9542
Huss and Dalton builds one of the most respected dreadnoughts sought by flat pickers who need an edge playing against a banjo, fiddle, or mandolin. Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton are flat pickers themselves, and honor a build style that pushes the limit on projection and clarity.
The "T" stands for Traditional, a method of building that provides an advantage in these models. You can learn more about this technique by reading here.
This Huss and Dalton features a Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce over Brazilian Rosewood. Perfectly suited for the high density of Brazilian Rosewood, the torrefied Adirondack top is another distinct advantage that provides a full range of tone, well balanced clarity, and a deep growling bass register that can rumble your chest. Think of the top being both lighter and stiffer when it is 'cooked', both of which are desirable in building a guitar with a big voice.
What is torrefaction?...
Torrefied tops provide the most aggressive and powerful woods available. Red Spruce provides virtually unlimited headroom when played hard, perfect for heavy handed bluegrass players who are competing with louder string band instruments such as banjos, mandolins, or fiddles. [DID WE MENTION IT IS LOUD?]
Huss and Dalton's new Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce tops are treated with a unique curing process. The commercial version of this process, known as, “thermo curing”, “wood torrefaction” or “roasting”, was developed in Finland to enhance durability and appearance of other wood materials.
Torrefaction is a thermochemical treatment of biomass at 200 to 320 °C. It is carried out under atmospheric pressure and in the absence of oxygen, i.e. with no air. During the torrefaction process, the water contained in the biomass as well as superfluous volatiles are released, and the biopolymers (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) partly decompose, giving off various types of volatiles. The final product is the remaining solid, dry, blackened material which is referred to as “torrefied biomass” or “bio-coal”.
During the process, the biomass typically loses 20% of its mass (dry bone basis) and 10% of its heating value, with no appreciable change in volume. This energy (the volatiles) can be used as a heating fuel for the torrefaction process. After the biomass is torrefied it can be densified, usually into briquettes or pellets using conventional densification equipment, to increase its mass and energy density and to improve its hydrophobic properties. The final product may repel water and thus can be stored in moist air or rain without appreciable change in moisture content or heating value, unlike the original biomass from which it is made.
Hide glue assembly...
The Adirondack Braces are connected with hot hide glue. Hide Glue sets up very hard, like glass, allowing more energy transfer through the bracing. Hot Hide Glue adds responsiveness across the spectrum. This type of glue was used on the early guitars we have all fallen in love with, but later phased out due to the time required to use it, not to mention the mess it makes. The sonic benefits can't be ignored, adding not only responsiveness, but a new level of detail and clarity.
Aside the rarity of this species which commands a high value, it is one of the hardest and most dense Rosewoods available. As guitar players, we should appreciate Brazilian not only for its stunning beauty. The Janka (surface hardness) rating offers exceptional ability to reflect sound waves, and the heavy density provides rich overtones combined with a healthy dose of natural reverb.
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Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Top Wood: Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce
Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 23/32"
Bracing: Adirondack with Hide Glue Top Bracing
Inlays: Long Snowflake
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 7/32"
Bridge: Ebony Belly Thru-Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Body Binding: Indian Rosewood
Fretboard Binding: Indian Rosewood
Headstock Binding: Rosewood Bound
Pickguard: tor tis 28 style pickguard
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: Huss and Dalton
Frets To Body: 14
Case: Custom Huss and Dalton Hardshell Case Included