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Altman A-D2 Cocobolo Rosewood 1937 Model

New - Over the last twelve years we have been honored to offer some of the finest hand made instruments that have been available thru independent builders but we have never been more astonished about a new instrument that so closely replicates that “golden era” tone than these. We have been dealing with pre-war instruments for over forty years and have been privileged to own many of those great Brazilian Rosewood and Mahogany guitars. Our experience with these helps us to recognize that highly sought after sound. “Subjective” absolutely, but to our ear and many players who have played this guitar, have the same response: “this thing has nailed the pre-war tone but has more power and clarity.” That big “booming” bass, mid range that “pops” and high end that is precise & clear along with raw power. The features are: Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, beautiful grained Cocobolo Rosewood back & sides, Honduran Mahogany neck, 1 ¾’’ nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, Ivoroid Herringbone top trim, diamond fingerboard inlay, thru saddle, solid bone bridge pins with red-eye inserts, Waverly “Butterbean” Relic tuners, traditional rosette, Tortoise grain pickguard, Cocobolo Rosewood overlay, “antiqued” top aging toner and varnish finish. The profile of the neck is slightly less chunky to an “authentic’’ style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Huge tremendous overall sound with an “attitude.” Direct “woody and warm” open low end, punchy straight forward midrange, dynamic clear high end and power with a “growl.” A Rosewood giant that rumbles as soon as the strings are engaged and truly sounds extremely old. Priced with deluxe hard case. Please call for introductory pricing.
Product ID: 803

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Altman A-D1 Mahogany 1937 Model Dreadnought

New - To the seasoned player, and people who have either owned or played an original mid-thirties Dreadnought, agree that 1936-1938 is deemed to be that magical “Golden Era” period where the tone of these instruments are pinnacle. With that being said, we have never ever encountered a guitar that so closely replicates this overall sound and tone than these instruments. A challenging statement for sure, but the proof is with the people who have obtained one, with a few of them that also own pre-war models. Many of these owners admit to us that the Altman is actually stronger in power and has more clarity than their original Pre-War guitars. You yourself will have to make that call but Richard Bennett one of the premier “flatpickers” on the planet, who plays both a Mahogany & Rosewood version on our site, told us without reservation, that “these are the best guitars I’ve ever had in my hands” and he also has owned many originals. The features are: Built entirely by hand, Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, 1 ¾’’ nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, Tortoise style binding, solid Ebony bridge pins, Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck, thru saddle, Tortoise grain pickguard, traditional style rosette, dot inlay, Waverly “Relic” Butterbean tuners, “antiqued” top aging toner, 2 5/16’’ string spacing and varnish finish. The neck profile is very close to a “vintage now” style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Light as a feather but complete “ancient” sounding in tone, separation, power, clarity, headroom and playability. Priced with deluxe hard case. Please call for introductory pricing.
Product ID: 824

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Altman A-D2 Cocobolo Rosewood 1937 Model

New - To the person who has owned or played a pre-war Dreadnought from the 1936-1938 “Golden Era” you know the tone and sound that is encapsulated within those instruments. This guitar so closely replicates the pre-war tone and overall sound that it is shocking and the question that always is asked is “how does he make a new guitar sound 70 plus years old? We took this guitar to the recent I.B.M.A. and several well known players played this instrument, and every one that played it had exactly the same comment, “man this sounds like an old bone.) While we were there we were fortunate to compare it to an extremely nice original 1937 D-28 when it came into the booth and after the comparison we received 4 orders from totally stunned pickers. If you are searching for that real tone, power, balance and response, then your search is over as these are the finest instruments we have ever encountered. Richard Bennett one of the best in the business, told us after playing one for the first time, “this is the best guitar I’ve ever had in my hand including the originals I’ve owned and its hard to believe that this is a new guitar.” The specifications are: Built entirely by hand, Adirondack Spruce top, Adirondack braces, no tongue brace, 1 ¾’’ bone nut width, Ebony traditional bridge and fingerboard, original style Herringbone top trim, solid bone bridge pins with red-eye inlay, beautiful Cocobolo back & sides, Honduran Mahogany neck, thru saddle, Tortoise grain pickguard, traditional style rosette, original style fingerboard inlay, Waverly “Relic” Butterbean tuners, “antiqued” top aging toner, 2 5/16’’ string spacing and varnish finish. The neck profile is very close to a “vintage now” style and the overall appearance of this instrument takes on a slight distressed look. Complete “ancient” sounding in tone, separation, power, clarity, headroom and playability. Priced with deluxe hard case. Please call for introductory pricing.
Product ID: 825

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