2011 Petros Tunnel 13 Claro Walnut/Redwood
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The Tunnel 13 Redwood guitars by Bruce Petros have been some of our consistent favorites here at the shop. This particular instrument is one that has a strong, yet supple voice, one that takes effortlessly to intricate and sustaining fingerstyle pieces and retains excellent note separation between the strings. This pianistic voice is the result of Bruce’s masterful building style using some of the finest Salvaged Redwood available on the planet in combination with its soulmate of a tonewood – Claro Walnut – back and sides. These two woods really do seem to make consistently rich, full sounding instruments, but it is Bruce’s abilities, honed by decades of practice, that give this one its refined, bell-like clarity. This is the only 12 fret cutaway version of the Tunnel 13 that we have ever heard of and it honestly is the best sounding one we’ve encountered to date. Gorgeous appointments like the carved Pearwood buttons and inlay and upgraded Abalone top trim make this a rare guitar that will have heads turning no matter where you take it. A five-star look, feel, play, history and sound.
Here is the full story from the Petros Website: Southern Pacific Railroad’s Siskiyou Summit Tunnel #13 was built in the 1880’s using virgin Redwood timbers harvested in Southwestern Oregon. These timbers witnessed the October 11, 1923 hold up of the SP Train 13 Gold Special, pulling 13 cars, by the DeAutremont brothers. Four men were killed in the robbery attempt. When these magnificent Redwood timbers were salvaged from this historic tunnel after a fire in 2004, Petros Guitars managed to acquire some of the nicer sections. When these diamonds in the rough were opened up, it was discovered to be exceptional, master-grade tone wood, air dried in this tunnel for more than 120 years. Paired with light weight, figured Claro Walnut from Oregon and a light weight Butternut neck from Wisconsin, this guitar is light as a feather (3 pounds, 14 ounces) with the resonance of a 120 year old guitar. After a century of silence, Petros Tunnel 13 Redwood guitars are giving voice to the remarkable Redwood of Tunnel 13.
|Scale Length||25.5 in|
|Nut Width||1.81 in|
|String Spacing||2.25 in|
|Woods||Redwood, Walnut - Claro|
The Tunnel 13 Redwood guitars by Bruce Petros have been some of our consistent favorites here at the shop. This particular instrument is one that has a strong, yet supple voice, one that takes effortlessly to intricate and sustaining fingerstyle pieces and retains excellent note separation between the strings