HUSS & DALTON > Model OO-SP.

Imagine buying a bottle of Château Margaux, uncorking it and drinking the bottle alone in your living room. That’s kind of what my Huss & Dalton Model OO-SP experience felt like. There’s something a bit decadent about the crème de la crème; Huss & Dalton definitely falls into the select category of instrument makers who cut no corners in the pursuit of true luthier craftsmanship. Sadly, this kind of quality does not come cheap. (Hell, I have guitars that cost less than the Waverly tuners on the OO.) Here’s what you get for the hefty suggested MRP of $6,365.00.

LIST PRICE: $6,365.00

Imagine buying a bottle of Château Margaux, uncorking it and drinking the bottle alone in your living room. That’s kind of what my Huss & Dalton Model OO-SP experience felt like. There’s something a bit decadent about the crème de la crème; Huss & Dalton definitely falls into the select category of instrument makers who cut no corners in the pursuit of true luthier craftsmanship. Sadly, this kind of quality does not come cheap. (Hell, I have guitars that cost less than the Waverly tuners on the OO.) Here’s what you get for the hefty suggested MRP of $6,365.00.

Huss & Dalton starts with AAA grade woods, which are checked individually for load bearing abilities and are thickness-sanded to achieve the best balance of strength and flexibility. The 00 is lovingly built with an Engelmann spruce top, Spanish cedar neck, Indian Rosewood back, sides and peg-head veneer, ebony bridge, fingerboard, bridge pins and end pin. The bridge plate is made from very dense/hard Honduran Rosewood, to resist the wear from string ball ends. Besides being dense, the Honduran wood has a wonderful ringing tap tone which helps distribute the “vibes” throughout the top. Bracing it is hand-split red spruce modeled after a 1901 Martin 00-very light and ringing. Unlike the old Martin OO, Huss & Dalton utilizes a bolt on neck, clearly the wave of modern guitar builders. Gibson may be the only company stubbornly holding on to their old, tried-and-true glue-joint necks, which does color their tone. I personally dig that mid-range glue-tone, but it’s all a matter of personal taste. That’s why guitar players rarely are satisfied with one guitar.

Huss & Dalton employs a bone nut and compensated saddle for solid tuning and a richer tone. They built the OO with a wide-ish neck, making it ideal for finger pickin’ or Robert Johnson devil music.

The specifics:
– Length 19-3/8 inches
– Width 14-1/8 inches
– Depth 4 inches
– 24.9 inch scale, 12 frets to the body
– 3-7/8 inch sound hole
– 1-7/8 inch width at nut
– Herringbone rings rosette and back strip
– Slotted peg-head
– Pyramid bridge; Carved diamond volute

The OO-SP isn’t made for playing around camp fires or crappy bars gigs, and please don’t put a pickup in this guitar. This is a guitar to be savored in the studio or alone in your living room like a Château Margaux.


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