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Mervyn Davis Smooth Talker SSBT2 Baritone African Kiaat/Sitka
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Status
Sold
Brand
Davis, Mervyn
Product Year
2008
Model
Smooth Talker SSBT2
Serial #
153
New/Preowned
New
SKU
1426
Condition
New
Body Type(s)
Large, Baritone
Back & Sides
African Kiaat
Top
Spruce - Sitka
Neck Wood
African Kiaat
Rosette
None
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
None
Frets to Body
22
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Inlay
None
Body Bindings
Kiaat - African
Tuners
Gotoh
Cutaway
Double Cutaway
Pickup
L.R. Baggs Active Element
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
16.625 in
Upper Bout
13 in
Lower Bout
15.75 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4 in
Scale Length
27.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
698.5 mm
Nut Width
1.69 in
Nut Width (mm)
42.9 mm
String Spacing
2.16 in
String Spacing (mm)
54.8 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Cedar Creek Alligator
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Description

Mervyn Davis has created a fresh and exciting guitar design that is not only artistic and eye-catching but completely musical and practical. His Smoothtalker design concept features very stiff back and sides, not unlike what many modern makers are doing these days, and a fan braced Spruce top that because of the body design is extremely lively and responsive. Soundports in the waist and near the neck flood the player with the beautiful voice. The result of this design is an instrument with serious projection and extreme clarity. The trebles strings simply soar, with more density and volume than the average guitar. The bass is focused and clear also with profound power. This Smoothtalker Baritone is simply amazing, the even articulation up the entire fingerboard is very useful on a Baritone and allows every note to ring true. It easily goes down to low A and remains clear, not muddy at all. The Smoothtalker also comes outfitted with a Baggs Active Element and a deluxe Cedar Creek case. This is an inspirational new design straight from South Africa.

I met Mervyn Davis at the Healdsburg Festival and I have to admit his Smoothtalker design caught my eye immediately. While skeptical I just had to try it and I was floored. This is not a strange design for design's sake, this is a serious instrument with a unique voice that I know many players are seeking. So often we're asked for very strong projection and clarity by serious players who want articulation and volume. Well these Smoothtalkers have it in spades. The treble strings are simply joyous as they leap from the soundboard propelled by the stiff body and lightweight fan bracing. The bass project straight outward with beautiful focus and balance. As many of you know I'm a regular Baritone player and I can tell you Mervyn's design really works, it plays super easily over the entire fingerboard and the clarity is a joy. I wrote a new song the first time I sat with this Baritone, it has that kind of compelling voice.
 
This is one very articulate and clear Baritone guitar. It's easy to play and the design allows it to go to Low A without getting floppy or weak. Well done.
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SCALE LENGTH 27.5 in
NUT WIDTH 1.69 in
STRING SPACING 2.16 in
WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA,
AFRICAN KIAAT

Mervyn Davis has created a fresh and exciting guitar design that is not only artistic and eye-catching but completely musical and practical. His Smoothtalker design concept features very stiff back and sides, not unlike what many modern makers are doing these days, and a fan braced Spruce top that because of the body design is extremely lively and responsive.
 

I met Mervyn Davis at the Healdsburg Festival and I have to admit his Smoothtalker design caught my eye immediately. While skeptical I just had to try it and I was floored.
 
This is one very articulate and clear Baritone guitar. It's easy to play and the design allows it to go to Low A without getting floppy or weak.
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