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DK Essence Steel String Acoustic Guitar, 2020 (No Longer Available)


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From Dmitry Kulakov in Ottawa Ontario, the DK Essence model is based on his slope-shouldered, X-braced ‘Cleopatra’ body, but with a DK custom bridge and tailpiece.

The top of the DK Essence is Master-grade Red Cedar with a water-based lacquer finish. The sides, back, headplate, tailpiece and Rosette inserts are figured
Black Walnut. The neck and body blocks are Mahogany, with Cocobolo used for the fingerboard, bridge and binding. An oil-based compound finish is used everywhere but the top. The back also features a lovely bird inlay in Mother of Pearl and Abalone.

The DK Essence, like all of DK’s models, blur the lines between art and function. This instrument functions well as a guitar, with good action and tone, and unique appearance.

The DK Essence is sold with a lightweight gig bag. We carry a range of hard shell cases that would fit.

DK Essence Specifications:

  • Top: Master Grade Red Cedar
  • Bracing Pattern: DK Design X
  • Sides and Back: Figured Black Walnut
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Joint: DK Sliding Neck
  • Fingerboard/Bridge: Cocobolo
  • Nut / Saddle Material: Snakewood
  • Binding: Cocobolo
  • Tuners: Gotoh 14:1
  • Body Height: 19.5″
  • Body Depth: 4.3″
  • Lower Bout Width: 16″
  • Upper Bout Width: 10.7″
  • Nut Width: 1.75″
  • Scale Length: 25.4″
  • Recommended Strings: Light


Price: $1,750.00 CAD $2,900.00 CAD
  • Model: Essence
  • Year: 2020
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 2001, delivered 2002 and built in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Country of Origin: Canada
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Date Posted: 12/04/2022

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Semi Rigid Padded case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.62lbs 2.1kg
  • Scale Length: 25.4in 645.16mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.45mm
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