Instrument Details

1997 Don Musser Dreadnought, Brazilian/German
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
Musser Guitars
Product Year
1997
Model
Dreadnought
Serial #
177
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP443
Condition
A few minute finish dings below bridge, very shallow.
Body Type(s)
Large, Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Brazilian
Top
Spruce - German
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Rosewood - Brazilian
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Side Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Rosewood - Brazilian
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Maple
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Clear
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11.75 in
Lower Bout
16 in
Body Depth Heel
4.125 in
Body Depth Tail
4.75 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
57.2 mm
Weight
5 lb. 5 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

This is not your average Dreadnought, all boom and no balance—the response is even from string to string and fret to fret. Don Musser, when he isn’t building guitars, is selling tonewood to luthiers, so it should come as no surprise that the woods are incredible on this Dread. Brazilian Rosewood back and sides paired with a German Spruce top, Flamed Maple bindings, scalloped nut and saddle. Pay close attention and you’ll see no detail is fudged, right down to how Don gracefully transitions the straight edges of the heelcap into the Flamed Maple bindings at the back.


The voice has excellent note clarity, and the bass response is warm, focused, and well-defined. The respective registers are well-balanced; it’s a seamless transition from bass runs to solos on the treble strings. It’s opened up handsomely in 20 years: there’s lots of energy under the hood that’s easy to access. The lower mids in particular have a breathy response that balances nicely between the bass and treble registers.


For the flatpicker who plays Bluegrass but wanders into Jazz territory and beyond, this is a unique piece that can easily keep up with your genre-bending arrangements.

A voice unique to the Dreadnought world. The extra balance and note separation make this a phenomenal flatpicking guitar if you want your solos to ring out with great articulation.
 
This is a great-sounding dread and the neck weight adds to the overall sustain of the instrument.
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.25 in
WOODS SPRUCE - GERMAN,
ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN

This is not your average Dreadnought, all boom and no balance—the response is even from string to string and fret to fret. Don Musser, when he isn’t building guitars, is selling tonewood to luthiers, so it should come as no surprise that the woods are incredible on this Dread.
 

A voice unique to the Dreadnought world. The extra balance and note separation make this a phenomenal flatpicking guitar if you want your solos to ring out with great articulation.
 
This is a great-sounding dread and the neck weight adds to the overall sustain of the instrument.
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