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SOLD!!! Josh House 13 Fret OOO Body Acoustic Guitar, 2011

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Josh House builds custom acoustic guitars from his shop in Goderich, Ontario. After developing an interest in guitar playing, in 2003 he attended the guitar building courses run by Sergei de Jonge and from there has continued building and learning. His instruments are very well designed, built and finished.

Since 2001, Josh House also owns and operates Canadian Luthier Supply, with the purpose of bringing a variety of luthier-related products to the Canadian market. This company offers woods, jigs, fixtures and cases.

Today we’re looking at a House Guitars 13-fret, OOO body steel string acoustic guitar, built during 2011 at the House workshop in Goderich, Ontario. The top is bearclaw-figured Sitka Spruce, paired with Indian Rosewood for the back, sides and binding, Mahogany for the neck and Striped Ebony for the fingerboard, head plate and bridge. The scale length is 24.9 inches with a 1.75 inch nut width.

The neck joint uses a combination tenon and bolt attachment, which is not only quite sturdy but makes the ultimately inevitable neck reset a simple matter. Many builders – from small independent builders to production efforts like Taylor – have shifted to this because virtually all steel string guitars will eventually require a neck reset. If the guitar is built with a traditional dovetail, disassembly and reconstruction of the dovetail can be complex and expensive even for a highly skilled technician. The bolted tenon makes the task much easier, faster, and less expensive.

The OOO or ‘Triple O’ body is an older, well proven design most associated with Martin, but often used in smaller body guitars. It provides a well balanced tone with plenty of volume and projection, and can be more comfortable than the single or double O designs, or the full size Dreadnought or Jumbo designs. The Martin OM or Orchestra Model is about the same size but typically has wider ‘shoulders’ or upper bout.

The 13 fret neck design is unusual, and delivers a compromise between the fret access of the modern 14 fret and the older 12 fret design, which puts the bridge closer to the vibrating center of the top. In the 1930’s, 14 fret guitars started to appear as banjo players who were used to unrestricted access to the upper frets, moved to guitar.

This is a very nice guitar and is in very good condition, plays well and sound great. The original TKL hard shell case is included.

Price: $2400 CAD
  • Model: OOO body 13 Fret
  • Year: 2011
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 031171
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 08/06/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 4.3lbs 1.96kg
  • Scale Length: 632.5mm 24.9in
  • Nut Width: 44.5mm 1.75in
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