Top: Adirondack Spruce
Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Neck: Flamed Cedar
Scale Length: 25.7"
Nut Width: 1 3/4"
Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
The Kinscherff Troubadour is the smallest guitar in Jamie Kinscherff's product line. Based on the Gibson L-00, this is an instrument that is modest in size, but completely immodest in tone and appearance. The back and sides are made with quarter-sawn Brazilian rosewood, with a grain pattern that is nothing short of stunning. The top is built with the only tonewood that can hold its own against Brazilian, and that is of course Adirondack spruce. Continuing this top-flight theme are the fretboard and binding, also fashioned from Brazilian Rosewood, and the binding is accented with Abalone top purfling.
As you'll see from the pictures below, ornate details
further distinguish this instrument. A "floral vine" theme inspires inlays on the headstock, fretboard, back (right below the neck heel) and and rosette. The rosette itself sports abalone flowers and koa vines, bordered by inner and outer Paua rings. One of my favorite details is the peghead, a bookmatched piece of Cocobolo. Look more closely and you'll see fine purfling lines throughout, including a red pinstripe that I believe is Bloodwood. The woodwork is consistently spectacular from tailstrip to headstock. In fact, I am pretty sure that this is the exact instrument featured on the Troubadour page of the Kinscherff web site.
This guitar is tonally rich, as you might expect, with a full but focused voice. Equally great for fingerstyle and strumming, this Troubadour is a particularly fun guitar with which to play bluesy material. That makes a lot of sense, given the L-00 lineage.
This guitar is in mint condition, and includes the original TKL hardshell case. It comes straight from a private collection. If you'd like to hear this guitar, please write to request an mp3 file.
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