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Michael Hornick has been building under the name of Shanti Guitars for years, continually churning out a number of powerhouse flattops. We don’t see them come up often on the used market—and there’s a reason for that: these guitars are powerful, responsive, and really know how to fill a room. This SF model from 2011 is just that, too. Gorgeous African Blackwood back and sides are paired with German Spruce and a generous lower bout (just over 16 inches); chock full of projection, and a crisp, well-defined bass register. Trebles are smooth and even, pairing nicely with the mids and bottom end. We had a great time visiting with this one in DADGAD. Venetian Cutaway for creature comfort, and Hornick added a soundport to the upper bout to help you key in to your playing, even in a busy space. Curly Koa bindings tie it all together, and this Shanti SF comes wrapped in a Hoffee flight case for maximum protection.
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|Spruce - German, Blackwood - African
Something you don’t see every day on the used guitar market: a Shanti—especially one in as fine a condition as this 2001 SC. Creamy Flamed Maple back and sides paired with a sunburst German Spruce top, bound in Rosewood and featuring Michael Hornick’s hallmark doves inlaid into the headstock and fretboard.
The tone has an almost vocal quality to it, with more overtones in the bass than you’d expect from Maple and a crisp and present middle register to flesh out big chords. Dialed in for fingerstyle, the setup is a quick one with a slightly wider nut; fingertips (or nails) really bring out the clarity and color for a lush response. A Venetian Cutaway keeps those upper frets from getting dusty, and the dark sunburst boasts a nearly flawless finish. The previous owner of this Shanti has taken wonderful care to keep the guitar pristine. Wrapped up in a Calton flight case, that comes as no surprise.
This Shanti is a deadly combination: simultaneously opened up and in impeccable shape.
|Spruce - German, Maple - Figured