While this 00-sized (14 1/two” lower bout) Olympic isn’t very the identical machine as Dave Rawlings’ prized 13″ guitar, it does get you in the ballpark of the same sort of tone and drive. It really reminds me a lot of a good Gibson L-30 but with a lot much more punch and bite. It is also a beautiful guitar — with a honey-brown sunburst, carved spruce top, and strong mahogany back and sides — capped-off with a classic deco-era, no-frills vibe.
This one is a customer’s guitar and, even though I talked about an Epi archtop coming up for sale, this one particular is not it. It came to me practically ready-to-go as it’d had some very good repairs by a effectively-known luthier (refret, fretboard extension fix, and whatnot), but I did need to have to nudge the setup a bit as the string radius at the bridge did not match the fretboard (action height at the 12th fret was 1/16″ E and E and three/32″ ADGB when it came in — where it should be three/32″ EA and 1/16″ DGBE), the B string wasn’t compensated at the saddle, and the nut (due to the fact of the mismatched radius) necessary a hair of attention. It really is now breezily playing-away and chunking out jazz rhythms.
The headstock looks fantastic on this — minimalist and classy.
The Brazilian rosewood board is also exceptional and has been freshly leveled/dressed in the current past.
There’s a repaired hairline crack beneath the tailpiece.
As you can see, the mahogany on that back has some interesting wavy grain. I wish that I’d had a sunny day when I shot these pics as it genuinely pops in sunlight.
The neck angle is excellent and it has a two-piece mahogany neck.
Originally, a truss rod would’ve peeked out from beneath this fretboard extension. Apparently in the previous an individual inexpertly reduce-by way of the original rod and so the last guy to work on this replaced the extension and possibly shored-up the loss of the rod in the neck, also, as the neck is dead straight when strung ti pitch.