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2008 Rockbridge Quilted Sapele/Adirondack Slope D


Soundboard: Red Spruce
Back/Sides: Quilt Sapele
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Bridge: Ebony
Bracewood: Red Spruce


Body Style: Slope D
Bracing: Prewar Gibson
Neck Profile: Slimmed Standard
Headstock: Traditional Square
Cutaway: None
Scale Length: 25"
Frets to Body: 14
Nut Width: 1.75"
Width at Bridge: 2.25"
Body Depth: 4.85"


Inlay: None
Headplate: Ebony
Tuners: Waverly
Binding: Synthetic Tortoise
Backstrip: Rosewood
Rosette: Line
Purfling: Line
Pickguard: TorTis
Nut: Bone
Saddle: Bone
Bridge Pins: Ebony
Electronics: None
Truss Rod: Adjustable
Case: TKL Deluxe Hard



When it came to my personal Rockbridge, I thought I would have some hard decisions to make. But the run of killer slope Ds that have come through lately made the body style choice pretty easy, and the (to me, anyway) unsurpassed beauty of the 0 size quilt sapele Rockbridge that came and went made the wood choice simple. Luckily I stashed away some primo sets of sapele before they became essentially impossible to find, so I had a few options. Other than that, the specs are essentially all Rockbridge signatures - plain line purfling and rosette, tortoise binding,unadorned ebony fretboard, 1 3/4" nut width, etc. This and the koa slope D that arrived around the same time are some of the prettiest guitars that I've seen leave Brian and Randall's shop...I think you'll agree!

When it comes to tone, it's more of the same - and that's a very good thing! I've found the Slope D models to have the hallmarks of the Rockbridge tone, fat Gibson-esque mids and trebles, with a little more bass response. Definitely a good formula and one that excels at both rhythm and lead work to my ears.

After several hours of playing and enjoying this guitar, I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that I'd ultimately be happier with a 1 11/16" neck. I've stashed away a few sets of primo sapele, but I don't think any will match up to this one, so I've resigned myself to the fact that my replacement guitar won't be as striking. The base price for this model with a natural top is $3650. The sunburst adds $400 and this sapele set is a $1000 upgrade, so the total new price would be $5050. Because it's seen some play time over the last few months and exhibits some light playwear, I'm offering a 15% discount on the guitar. It does come with a full lifetime warranty from Brian and Randall to the next owner. This is an incredible guitar, and the only reason I'm offering it for sale now is because a 1 11/16" nut version of the same guitar will be a better lifetime instrument for me.

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