Huss and Dalton TOM R Thermo Cured Adirondack Spruce with East Indian Rosewood and Hide Glue Top Bracing ID-8128
Huss and Dalton TOM R Thermo Cured Adirondack Spruce with East Indian Rosewood and Hide Glue Top Bracing
The topwood on this guitar is "Thermo Cured" Adirondack Spruce, one of the most aggressive and powerful woods available. Adirondack 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. This Huss and Dalton TOM R could be just what you've been missing.
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 instrument produces a tone that is clear and incredibly powerful. The low end is spectacular and much more prominent than many standard mahogany guitars. The midrange, while maintaining stunning clarity and definition, is very smooth and pleasant, making for a very balanced D-18 style sound without the harsh upper mids and trebles that can sometimes jump out.
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Shipping Weight: 68 lbs
Top Wood: Thermo Cured Adirondack Spruce
Back Wood: East Indian Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Bracing: Adirondack Braces with Hide Glue
Inlays: Short Pattern Slotted Squares
Rosette: TR Style
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Nut Material: Bone
Saddle Material: Bone
Saddle Spacing: 2 7/32"
Bridge: Ebony Thru Saddle
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Tuners: Nickel Waverly oval tuners
Body Binding: Ivoroid
Pickguard: Tortoise Style
Headstock Shape: Solid
Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
Headstock Inlay: MOP Huss and Dalton
Frets To Body: 14
Body Depth: 4 1/8"
Lower Bout Width: 15 1/8"
Body Length: 19 1/4"
Case: Hardshell Case Included
Misc. 1: Sound Hole 3 7/8"
Misc. 2: Build Style: Flat Top