2001 Froggy Bottom Model M Flattop Guitar




A local customer brought this in for minor sprucing-up. It's actually very clean and gorgeous, but Froggy guits are built very light in the top -- much in the way '30s Martins are -- and so they tend to need sportscar-style minor maintenance over time. This one had never seen service and the setup was wonky -- with no compensation for the B and high E strings at the saddle, action way too low, bad break-angle over the saddle, and a top that remains a bit bellied. The trouble with sportscars is that you can't abuse them -- nor put-off maintenance!

That said, I've always been duly-impressed by Froggy boxes that come through the shop. These are expensive instruments for a reason. If you want peak performance, solid tone, and a modern feel from a flattop, these approach it and always punch above their size. This one's basically a "mini-jumbo-ized" take on a 000 size, though the narrow waist and slim upper-bout width really make it more like an L-00 shape by the way it fits in the lap.

Work included: a spot level/dress of the fretboard extension frets (it's beginning to ski-jump), adjustment of the saddle, install of replacement tuners (the player didn't like the black Schaller sealed tuners so we went with more-classic-looking 18:1 Grover Sta-Tites), and a good setup. The neck is straight and didn't need any adjustment and I restrung it a little lighter than the 54w-12 that was on it, using a custom set at 52w, 38w, 28w, 22w, 16, 12 so I could trim as much tension off of it as possible. The bracing inside looks like it was made to respond to 46w-10, but I know that wouldn't do it for the player.

Scale length: 25 1/8"
Nut width: 1 3/4"
String spacing at nut: 1 1/2"
String spacing at bridge: 2 1/8"
Body length: 19 1/2"
Lower bout width: 15"
Upper bout width: 10 1/2"
Side depth at endpin: 4 1/8"
Top wood: solid spruce
Back/sides wood: solid Indian rosewood
Bracing type: x-braced, one tonebar, very light
Fretboard: ebony
Bridge: ebony
Neck feel: very slim C shape, ~20" fretboard radius







I love the blue/brown rosette.





If you're the type of person who despises sealed (or heavy) tuners on new guitars but doesn't want to splurge for $150+ on Waverly units, the Grover 18:1 Sta-Tites come really close to the Waverly feel and action. They're my go-to replacements on newer guitars that look decent with clean, bright-nickel tuners on them.






Yes... flamed-maple binding an details is nice to have, too!

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