This guitar is wonderfully sweet, woody, and full. The Engelmann top is heavy with overtones, providing kaleidoscopic views of each note or chord while the mahogany back and sides preserve the fundamental. It likes a light touch and it’s got a slower bloom, but once you get it warmed up, you’ll have a whole choir of angels at your fingertips.
The Engelmann has a beautiful paleness to it and a grain structure like densely clustered snowflakes. It’s got a snowflake-like intricacy to its overtones, too. Every note and chord is unique and dynamic, lending even the simplest tune shades and colors that will have you hypnotized.
The flamed Mahogany back and sides are equally striking. Where does McPherson find this wood? It’s got figuring that seems to animate in certain lights. Flames seem to flash across its layers and folds. It’s simply alive with quilts and ripples.
While the softer Engelmann top suggests that this is principally a fingerstyle instrument, its only real limitation depends on one’s attack. With a bit of delicacy this one sounds incredible with a flat-pick. It likes to take deep breaths, so start out slow, but this one's got a lot to say no matter how you play it.