A beautiful cutaway small-jumbo built with Indian rosewood and Adirondack spruce.
by Teja Gerken
November 21, 2016
Since founding Vermont’s Froggy Bottom guitars in 1974, luthier Michael Millard has built most types of steel-string flattop guitars, and Froggy Bottom currently offers more than a dozen standard models. For many years, the most popular of these has been the company’s Model K, an instrument with a small-jumbo body that measures 16-inches across the lower bout. We recently had a chance to check out a beautiful 2002 cutaway Model K, courtesy of Peghead Nation instructor Stevie Coyle’s shop, Mighty Fine Guitars.
This Model K has a wide-ranging sound. It offered a great dynamic range with complex tones whether it was played softly or with a bit of force. Played fingerstyle, it had excellent note separation and definition of both chords and single-note lines, as well as impressive volume. In this video, Peghead Nation’s Teja Gerken plays the guitar in DADGAD tuning, while Stevie Coyle gives it a workout in standard tuning.
SPECS: Small-jumbo body. Solid Adirondack spruce top with X-bracing. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 25.25-inch scale. 1¾-inch nut width. Waverly tuning machines. Made in the USA. Starts at $6,795. froggybottomguitars.com
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