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.


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...