Huss and Dalton Guitars

The Twelfth Fret is proud to carry Huss and Dalton Guitars.    These exceptional instruments are built in Staunton, Virginia by Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton, formerly of the Stelling Banjo company.   As always, we will set instruments up to the player’s requirements and we ship worldwide.


Huss & Dalton L-13 Standard Rosewood Sunburst

Here we have a Huss & Dalton L-13 Standard in Rosewood, based on the classic Nick Lucas models made by Gibson from 1927 to 1938. The L-13 is part of the Huss & Dalton Crossroads line. Featuring a Sitka Spruce top and here with Indian Rosewood for the sides and back, the Huss & Dalton L-13 Standard is also available with Mahogany for the sides and back, while the L-13 Deluxe uses figured Maple and sunburst on the back as well as the top.

Huss & Dalton TOMR Custom

Here we have a new Huss & Dalton TOMR Custom featuring a Thermo-Cured Sitka Spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides! The model name breaks down to Traditional Orchestra Model Rosewood. On this guitar, the Custom refers to the choice of the thermo-cured Sitka top;  it’s also available with an Adirondack or Red Spruce top, and without the thermo-cure. Thermo-cured wood is also known as baked, torrefied, and by Martin as part of their VTS (vintage tone system). The process uses controlled, high heat, atmospheric pressure and minimal oxygen and simulates aging. 

Huss & Dalton T0014 Rosewood Steel String Guitar

Here’s a beautiful new Huss & Dalton T0014 Rosewood, part of the Traditional series and here seen with a Rosewood rather than Mahogany body. The top of the Huss & Dalton T0014 Rosewood is Sitka Spruce and the neck is Mahogany, with Ebony for the bridge and unbound fingerboard. The headplate is Indian Rosewood, and there are no electronics installed – this guitar is entirely acoustic.

Huss & Dalton Crossroads 12 Sunburst

Here is a brand new Huss & Dalton Crossroads 12, a smaller bodied, 12 fret version of the Crossroads line. These “Retro” guitars are great for fingerstyle, particularly blues and folk styles, and work really well with a vocalist. Sold with the original Huss & Dalton hard shell case.

Huss & Dalton TDR Custom Sitka Top Dreadnought

The Huss & Dalton TDR is, as the name breaks down, a Traditional Dreadnought design with Rosewood for the sides, back, and head plate. The Dreadnought design first appeared during 1916, built by C F Martin for the Oliver Ditson company. The design was not popular at the time but when Martin re-introduced it in 1931, times had changed. These models went on to great success and are now one of the handful of standard guitar body shapes, built by almost everyone and played by countless guitarists.

Huss & Dalton TOM R Custom Adirondack Top Guitar, 2020

Here’s a brand new Huss & Dalton TOM R Custom traditional OM style guitar, with a custom thermo-cured Adirondack Red Spruce top.   This wonderful guitar reflects all the features and quality of Huss & Dalton instruments. Based on the Traditional Orchestra Model or OM design that dates to the late 1920s and using Rosewood for the sides and back, this TOM R Custom also sports a ‘Thermo-Cured’ Adirondack Red Spruce top with Herringbone purfling and a vintage-amber tint.   

Huss and Dalton CM Rosewood, 2019

Here we’re looking at a brand new, just introduced Huss and Dalton CM model. It features an Engelmann Spruce top, Indian Rosewood for the sides and back, with Mahogany for the body blocks and neck. The head plate, bridge, and Maple-bound fingerboard are Ebony. Body binding is also Maple. Abalone is used for the rosette and 12th Fret Scroll inlay, and the Huss and Dalton log is Mother of Pearl.

Huss and Dalton DS-12 Crossroads Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought

This new Huss and Dalton DS-12 Crossroads Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought, and it’s an outstanding guitar, showing all the power and richness of the dreadnought design. The slope shoulder dreadnought design first appeared around 1916, built by C. F. Martin with a Ditson brand name, but effectively disappeared in the late 1920’s. Martin started producing square-shouldered dreadnoughts – the classic D series – and the slope shoulder re-appeared as a Gibson design, on models like the J-45.

❌SOLD❌ Huss and Dalton TD-M Custom Adirondack and Sinker Mahogany Dreadnought, 2014

The Huss and Dalton TD-M Custom is, as the name suggests, and buyer-customized version of the ‘Traditional Dreadnought-Mahogany’ model, in this case with Adirondack Spruce top and Sinker Mahogany back and sides.The ‘Traditional Dreadnought’ dates back to around 1911, when C F Martin built a number of large bodied guitars for the Ditson company. In 1931, with the need for ever-increasing volume, Martin re-launched the design with then now-classic ‘D’ series guitars. This design has been the basis for many other guitar models by many other builders.

❌SOLD❌ Huss and Dalton DS Custom Brazilian Rosewood, 2008

The Huss and Dalton DS Custom is based a Dreadnought body with Slope or rounded shoulders, and customized a number of ways. Here, an Adirondack Spruce top is paired with Brazilian Rosewood for the back and sides. Built during 2008, this Huss & Dalton DS Custom is in great condition and delivers outstanding tone. These guitars are great to start with, but this example is something else. It’s full, rich and warm with plenty of sparkle and separation. It also plays very well.