2003 Glen DeRusha "Tunbridge World's Fair" Jumbo Flattop Guitar

This locally-made beaut sounds basically like a very good J-200. It's lush, well-definied, crisp, and has excellent string-to-string balance and a sound that gels nicely. While it doesn't have the bigger low-end of its walnut-bodied sibling, there's still plenty of bass in this guitar and its overall voice means it'll suit a lot of styles easily. Its vibe is very much mid-'50s Gibson jumbo, which is also what its x-bracing looks a lot like.

Mr. Glen DeRusha of "Green Mountain Guitars" seems to have built this for the 2003 Tunbridge World's Fair -- hence the inlay in the headstock and the at the bridge. Its construction is high-quality, tight, and well-executed. It's a professional guitar and I, personally, would balk at bending all of the absurdly-flamed maple used throughout the back, sides, and binding. The neck joint is double-bolted, too, for easy maintenance down the road. Considering it hasn't budged in 15 years, I don't think you'll need to adjust it anytime soon, however.

Work only included mild compensation at the saddle and a setup. It plays on-the-dot with 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE action at the 12th fret and the neck is straight with a functioning truss-rod. The frets are essentially untouched and good to go. The whole guitar is almost as-new with just the most minor of scratches/scuffs here and there.

Specs are: 25 3/8" scale, 1 3/4" nut width, 1 1/2" string spacing at the nut, 2 1/8" spacing at the bridge, 16" lower bout, 11 5/8" upper bout, and 5 1/8" depth at the endblock. The neck has a ~16" radius to the board and a slim, fast, C-shaped back profile.

Woods are: sold flamed maple back/sides, solid spruce top, two-piece flamed-maple neck, and ebony fretboard, bridge, and headstock veneer. The binding is all flamed-maple, too.

How about those engraved maple leaves?

That flamed maple is stunning as heck.

While there's an endpin jack, there's no pickup installed in the guitar at the moment.

1 comment:

Robert Gardner said...

This is a great sounding and playing guitar and it is really beautifully made. I like the Vermont on the bridge too. No confusion about where this guy was built...