We’ve always loved the sound of Huss & Dalton dreadnoughts, so when they announced they were building versions with torrified Adirondack tops we ordered one with mahogany back and sides (TD-M model). Sure enough, the clarity and balance Huss & Dalton dreadnoughts have been known for is further enhanced by what they call Thermo-Cured Red Spruce. But names won’t matter much when you put a flatpick to the strings of this one, and being heard while your bandmate is clawing away at his banjo won’t be nearly as daunting. You can play a much better, and have a lot more fun, when you aren’t fighting the guitar to get the volume you need.

About Huss & Dalton

You may not have heard of Huss & Dalton as they are more a workshop than a factory, and so lack the advertising budget and endorsement clout of bigger companies. Yet theirs is a compelling success story that began when Jeff Huss moved from North Dakota to Virginia in 1984 in search of good bluegrass music. Once there, he quickly found a job working at the Stelling Banjo Works where he spent his days building banjo necks. After hours he spent his time in his home workshop designing and building his own guitars. He built one for his boss Geoff Stelling who liked it so much he added guitars to the Stelling line and had Jeff build them. After making around a hundred, Hussdecided to set out on his own in 1993. Around this time he met Virginia native Mark Dalton at a jam session. Mark Dalton was a fine musician, but more importantly, he was also an expert in finishing processes. The two men decided to pool their talents and in 1995 the Huss & Dalton Guitar Company was born.

Over the years Huss & Dalton has earned a reputation for building great sounding, meticulously crafted instruments. The guitars, which are built in Staunton, Virginia are inspired by the classic designs from Nazareth and Kalamazoo, but with a distinct Virginia flair. The braces for each guitar are made from hand split Appalachian spruce, which they feel gives their guitars an excellent bass to treble balance. They use nothing but the highest quality quarter sawn tonewoods for the top, back and sides. Here at Gryphon, our flatpicking customers have found the rich, full tone, combined with plenty of punch and projection, makes their dreadnoughts perfect for bluegrass. Huss & Dalton’s smaller guitars, like the OM and the 00, are also well liked. The 00-SP has long been a favorite with fingerstyle players and folk singers.

stock no. 51451

ModelTD-M,Thermo-Cured Red Spruce
TopThermo-Cured Red Spruce
Back and sidesMahogany
Frets to body14
Nut width1 23/32"
Scale length25.4"
Bridge spacing2 7/32"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No4869
TunersWaverly 1129 Special Oval tuning machines
RosetteTM Style
BracingScalloped
BindingTortoise