1974 LoPrinzi (Augustino) LR-15 Dreadnought Guitar

I've had a bunch of Augustino LoPrinzi dreadnoughts through the shop over time and they've spanned his and his daughter's production through the years. To my ears the best of them sound like a hybrid between the "Gurian" sound and the "Martin" sound. This one does that, too, in a D-28 sort-of pattern.

Interestingly, the body shape on this reminds me more of a Gibson AJ -- it's round in the shoulders, has a soundhole farther "north," and the lower bout is extended longer than the Martin mold. Most Augustino-influenced boxes are not in this sort of shape and that made me perk up a bit when I worked on it originally some time back.

Previous repairs included a neck reset, fret level/dress, and setup -- this time around all I needed to do was give it a restring and setup. It's still playing fast and spot-on and it sounds like money. The neck on this particular guitar is "low/thin" in feel -- almost like a modern Taylor -- or maybe a late '80s Taylor? It's fast for sure, like a quick '80s electric guitar neck -- think shallow-profile Peavey!

Anyhow, it's got gorgeous specs to meet its sound -- solid rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top with x-bracing, mahogany neck, and ebony board and bridge.

Repairs included: previously a neck reset, fret level/dress, and setup -- currently a fresh setup.


Top wood: solid spruce

Back & sides wood: solid rosewood

Bracing type: x

Bridge: ebony

Fretboard: ebony

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: slim C

Board radius: ~14"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium


Scale length: 25 3/8"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 5/8"

Body depth: 4 1/2"

Weight: 5 lbs 0 oz


Condition notes: it appears to be all-original save the bridge pins. There are no cracks but the finish has "finish crackled:" and "finish hairlined" all over. It looks grand and inviting. My couple of nitpicking criticisms of the guitar are -- the saddle was slightly misplaced so I had to recut it so the back edge is the point of contact. -- and the truss rod access is a 10mm hex nut buried in the neck block, so you have to do a bit of fussing to get it turned with a socket wrench.


It comes with: a period hard case with cool blue lining.

















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