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This Contemporary Series 000 has fewer vintage appointments than its Classic Series counterparts, but there’s still a distinctly heritage vibe about the instrument due to its spade headstock, diamond volute under the nut, amber-tint top and early Style 45-redolent ’board markers.
The all-over gloss lacquering also has a kind of ‘old’ feel to it, added to which is the body and neck’s maple binding. The guitar’s all- solid, spruce/mahogany build is affirmed by the internal rim reinforcing strips, and the ebony fingerboard and bridge are quality touches.
Most vintage-like is the uncompromisingly fingerstyle neck (which, incidentally, is one- piece – unusual at this price). It’s no wider than the Crafter’s at the nut, but broadens to a substantial 57mm come the octave, with a similar bridge string spacing.
This will certainly deter smaller- handed players, but for airy, accurate picking it’s a beauty, and the neck is kept shallow to avoid undue bulk.