2012 Dake Traphagen double top  BRCDT

Woods: Brazilian rosewood and western red cedar. Honduran mahogany neck. Intricate rosette with spalted center and fine inlay detail  repeated in the purfling. French polish shellac finish.

Miscellany: 650mm scale, 53mm nut, 43mm string spacing at nut, 58mm at saddle. Sloane tuners. TKL case. Elevated fretboard. 12 hole tie block.

Condition: two minor rasqueado marks on top below trebles and one nail mark under trebles. Otherwise, as new.

Comment: having had Dake’s 2013 double top with Brazilian in the shop as well as a solid top cedar guitar, I can say this beauty is a mix of both. Because it is so light there is a punchy, slightly dry, woody tone that is most distinctive. That much it shares with the solid top cedar. But the double top and perhaps the Brazilian back and sides give this guitar an elegant, full frontal intonation.  Were it heavier, or laminated, the sound would shift away from what it does so well. The trebles on this guitar are substantially more prominent than the 2013 spruce. Quick note bloom, excellent sustain and great string separation make it a notable guitar.

Dake has been at this for a very long time, and his ability to tune a top is evident here. The consistency of his guitars and great workmanship translate into a loyal following by many, many discerning players. This guitar would price at $9,000. today and I suggest a guitar as clean as this, which is played in and a known quantity, makes it a viable alternative to something new.

Reserved for cash sale and not for trade in.


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Price: $7995
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