This 12-fret dreadnought is a game-changer. Imagine all the volume and bass of a dread with the focus and cohesion of an OM and you’d be close. It’s got a voice of it’s own, though. It’s very warm and rich. The bass is pillow-soft and the trebles round-out nicely no matter how hard you pick. You can attack and snap the strings to your heart’s content without it ever sounding harsh.
The guitar loves to be played fingerstyle (ideally with a thumb-pick so that you can get the most out of the bass). It really shines on rhythm, too, providing a thick yet gentle sonic backdrop that you may come to find as essential as a snare drum.
The burst is lovely. The extra meat on the upper bout allows for more black, really emphasizing the “spotlight” quality on the top. The EIR back and sides are dramatic and robust, with a wide light-to-dark gradient that matches the top. In addition, they reflect a hearty slew of overtones that add majesty to the warmth.
If you’re looking for a “big” sound, this guitar could be one of your main contenders. It’s loud yet gentle. Powerful yet precise. It’s easy to pick and even easier on the eyes. This is a truly great guitar.
From Huss and Dalton:
With 12 frets to the body and 24.9 scale length, these guitars have the power of our standard DS but with a rounder tonal quality. To many players, 12-fret guitars are imbued with near-mystical qualities. When the neck is moved two frets toward the body, the sound hole and bridge must follow its trajectory and the bracing must be rearranged to suit. There's no reason to think it will project like a 14-fretter, and it doesn't. It's bigger! And not a guitar for the timid!