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2004 Hoffman Jumbo - Acoustic Guitar

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From Charles Hoffman: For some years now I have been thinking about building a Jumbo shaped guitar, but have not been enamored of the larger jumbos like the Gibson J-200. So, using an old Gibson J-185 as my guide I have designed this guitar. The shape is quite similar but the body is quite a bit thinner, front to back. This seems to give the round warm sound of a wide soundboard without any tendency to boominess or "thump." The maple that I use is western Big Leaf maple which is a softer lighter wood than the hard or sugar eastern maple that was used for so many years by Gibson and guild. I think that the Big Leaf has a less strident tone and much prefer it. We have to agree with Charlie, this guitar is loud and clear and far more balance than the average Jumbo. The woods here are gorgeous to boot...

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Artists who play instruments by this builder: Leo Kottke, Tim Sparks, Dakota Dave Hull, Ann Reed, Jerry Rau, Charlie Maguire

From Charles Hoffman: For some years now I have been thinking about building a Jumbo shaped guitar, but have not been enamored of the larger jumbos like the Gibson J-200. So, using an old Gibson J-185 as my guide I have designed this guitar. The shape is quite similar but the body is quite a bit thinner, front to back. This seems to give the round warm sound of a wide soundboard without any tendency to boominess or "thump." The maple that I use is western Big Leaf maple which is a softer lighter wood than the hard or sugar eastern maple that was used for so many years by Gibson and guild. I think that the Big Leaf has a less strident tone and much prefer it. We have to agree with Charlie, this guitar is loud and clear and far more balance than the average Jumbo. The woods here are gorgeous to boot...

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Western Big Leaf Maple
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany, 5 Piece
  • Bridge: Ebony Belly
  • Rosette: Cocobolo
  • Binding: Cocobolo
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Ebony
  • Headstock Bindings: Cocobolo
  • Headstock Inlay: Builder Logo
  • Top Trim: Wood Lines
  • Back Strip: Cocobolo
  • Fret Markers: None
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510s
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Jumbo
  • Scale: 24 3/4 in. (628.7 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in. (44.5 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 3/8 in. (60.3 mm)
  • Body Length: 20 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/8 in.
  • Lower Bout: 16 1/8 in.
  • Serial #: 452
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 3 7/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Tortoise Style
  • Case: Cedar Creek
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Excellent
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Leo Kottke, Tim Sparks, Dakota Dave Hull, Ann Reed, Jerry Rau, Charlie Maguire
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2004 Hoffman Jumbo - Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"This is a great fingerstyle Jumbo. It has tremendous clarity, balance and power for a big guitar. I love Charlie's concept of a big, wide soundboard but shallower body to control the bass and keep it clear with great separation. This guitar sounds amazing for the blues and rag styles in particular." - Paul Heumiller

"This guitar gets all of the body and punch of a Jumbo without the 'mud' and 'thump.' It's a brilliant design and the maple on the back and sides is exquisite." - Al Petteway