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Northwood QM80-12-00

Northwood QM80-12-00
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Weight 24.00 lbs
List Price: $4744.00 , Save $949.00
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Quilted Maple 12 fret OO with Cedar top

AAAAA Quilted Maple back and sides
Western Red Cedar top
12 frets to the body
Abalone Dot fretboard inlay
Complete Caramel toner finish
Ivoroid bound Quilted Maple headstock overlay with Paua Abalone logo inlay
Ivoroid bound Quarter-sawn Ebony fretboard with Abalone Dot inlays
Bone nut and saddle
Fast satin finish neck
Clear pickguard
Paua Abalone Rosette
Quarter-sawn Honduran Mahogany neck
Dove-tail neck joint
24.9 inch scale
Satin Gold Gotoh Tuners with Ivoroid buttons
Hawaiian Koa body binding
W/B/W purfling
18% nickel/silver fretwire
1 7/8 nut width with very soft V neck profile
String spacing at the saddle is 2.25"
Pyramid bridge
Spanish Cedar kerf lining
Tail wedge inlay

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Customer Reviews

  • Author: Dennis McKeon
    I purchased the guitar on the afternoon of 11/21, and received it on the morning of 11/22. Thanks, Dave, for making sure it got out promptly, and onto the overnight flight. It has been a pleasure dealing with you.

    The Northwood QM80-12-00 is a stunning looking guitar. The quilted maple body is multi-dimensional, and hypnotic, to say the least. The western red cedar top is flawless, as is the rest of the workmanship on this incredible, lighter- than- a -feather guitar. The koa body binding is a brilliant touch, as is the ebony pyramid bridge.

    I was a bit doubtful about whether or not I could handle the 1 7/8" nut width, but found that I had to make almost no adjustment from my 2001 Martin OM42, which has been my go-to guitar for most of this year, and which measures 1 3/4" at the nut.

    The radius of the ebony fretboard seems a bit less severe than I am used to, and pleasantly so. The fretwork on the Northwood is absolutely perfect, and the neck, setup and action are optimal for ease of playing and absence of buzzing of any sort----or joint/tendon aches and pains. This guitar is a joy to behold and to work with.

    After about 14 hours of playing the guitar, almost without pause, I think I have learned a few things about it. Tonally, for a bare-fingered picker like myself, the guitar is shockingly reminiscent of the very best pre-war maple bodied Gibson L-Century, and even maple bodied Nick Lucas guitars (not to be confused with the modern reissues) that I have encountered. This is about as high a compliment as I might pay a builder, and I did not ever imagine the guitar would sound this way---that would have been beyond my wildest expectations. Surprising, for a guitar with a cedar top. I've played $8,000 Nick Lucas knockoffs that can't hold a candle to this Northwood.

    Perhaps it is the tall, razor thin, hand carved bracing, which seems every bit as light as the bracing on those old Gibson masterpieces. Whatever the case, this guitar is a blues phenomenon, and equally amenable to early jazz/ragtime, Roaring 20s and Tin Pan Alley playing styles.

    The voice of the guitar is transcendent---it can be sweet and honeyed, nuanced and measured---or it can growl and howl, hiss, cuss, and even spit tobacco juice. If I ask it to be, it is the loudest guitar I own, more voluminous than even the mighty OM42. Another surprise for a cedar topped piece----but at this point, I'm beginning to expect the unexpected.

    This Northwood is quite simply the most beautiful looking, most perfectly made and best sounding new 00-sized guitar I have ever played---and I've owned and played my share of them, in 56 years. The guitar, inexplicably, sounds as if it is as old as I am.

    Highest praise to John McQuarrie and Northwood for building such an exquisite instrument, and to Daves Woodstock Music for their high degree of professionalism, making it so easy to own it.