Huss and Dalton TDR Thermo Cured Appalachian Red Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood with Hot Hide Glue ID-8883
Huss and Dalton TDR Custom Thermo Cured Appalachian Red Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood with Hot Hide Glue
The Huss and Dalton TDR has the understated look of a traditional rosewood guitar, but has a sound that is anything but understated. This particular Huss and Dalton TD-R, built using a Torrefied Red Spruce top, and Brazilian Rosewood back and sides is a great example of an amazing Dreadnought from the Virginian builders.
The topwood on this guitar is Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce, one of 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 and fiddles.
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.
Thermo-Curring 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.
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.
This already stunning guitar is appointed with an Ivoroid bound fingerboard, Brazilian rosewood headstock veneer, Waverly 1129 special issue vintage oval tuning machines and MOP slotted diamond fingerboard inlay.
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Shipping Weight: 20
Top Wood: Thermo-Cured Appalachian Red Spruce
Back Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 23/32"
Bracing: Adirondack with Hide Glue Top Bracing
Inlays: MOP slotted diamonds
Rosette: TR Style
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 7/32"
Bridge: Ebony Belly Thru-Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Waverly 1129 Special Issue Vintage Oval Tuning Machines
Body Binding: Tortoise-style binding
Fretboard Binding: Ebony
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: MOP Huss and Dalton
Frets To Body: 14
Body Depth: 4 7/8"
Body Length: 20"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: 4" Sound Hole
Misc. 2: Flat Top Build Style
Misc. 4: Ivoroid bound fingerboard
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