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2008 McPherson MG-5.0XP Koa/Port Orford Cedar
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Status
Sold
Brand
McPherson
Product Year
2008
Model
MG-5.0XP
Serial #
0993
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP571
Condition
Only a few tiny dents on the fretboard binding.
Body Type(s)
Medium, Grand Concert
Back & Sides
Koa
Top
Cedar - Port Orford
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Hard
Bridge
Koa
Rosette
Koa
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Koa
Fret Markers
Side Dots Only
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Koa
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
Koa
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold
Cutaway
Venetian
Pickguard
None
Pickup
L.R. Baggs RTS II Undersaddle with Volume Control in Soundhole
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20 in
Upper Bout
11 in
Lower Bout
16 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
5 in
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
647.7 mm
Nut Width
1.72 in
Nut Width (mm)
43.7 mm
String Spacing
2.13 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.1 mm
Weight
5 lb. 6 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Ameritage
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Description

We’ve seen many McPhersons over the years, but this MG-5.0XP in Koa and Port Orford Cedar is one of the most balanced we’ve played, and it’s gorgeous to boot with impressive projection and playability. Good Koa is hard to come by these days, but the set that makes up the back and sides of this guitar is some primo grade stuff: tight flame across the grain, a mix of darker clays and faint umbers, and a lovely spread of chatoyance when turned in the light. The deceptively-colored Port Orford Cedar top lends a warmth and softness to the crunchy clarity of the Koa, rounding out the voice and giving the bass an extra spike of juicy overtones.


The 5.0 is their largest body, and that makes for an extra loud instrument; great projection with even a light touch. It’s not often that a guitar really excels in both flatpicked and fingerstyle arenas, but this 2008 McPherson MG-5.0XP manages it quite handsomely (in more ways than one). Moreover, this beauty has opened up sweetly over the years but is still in superb condition. The classic McPherson V neck, 25.5” scale, and L.R. Baggs RTS II pickup come together for the complete package, wrapped up in a custom fit Ameritage case. Hats off to the folks at McPherson for this one!

Most of the McPherson guitars I've played are great strummers, but this one also has a wonderful fingerstyle voice. This is the larger body and the Port Orford Cedar top complements Koa perfectly. Many of my favorite guitars have cedar tops. If you’re looking for a big guitar that’s absolutely stunning and can go from fingerstyle to flatpicking with ease, this one’s for you.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.72 in
STRING SPACING 2.13 in
WOODS CEDAR - PORT ORFORD,
KOA

We’ve seen many McPhersons over the years, but this MG-5.0XP in Koa and Port Orford Cedar is one of the most balanced we’ve played, and it’s gorgeous to boot with impressive projection and playability. Good Koa is hard to come by these days, but the set that makes up the back and sides of this guitar is some primo grade stuff: tight flame across the grain, a mix of darker clays and faint umbers, and a lovely spread of chatoyance when turned in the light.
 

Most of the McPherson guitars I've played are great strummers, but this one also has a wonderful fingerstyle voice. This is the larger body and the Port Orford Cedar top complements Koa perfectly.
 
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