Huss & Dalton were ahead of the curve when it came to recognizing the appeal of a relatively small rosewood 12-fret model with wide neck but with a contemporary shape and feel. Thanks to the Engelmann top and light bracing, examples like this one don't sound like a small guitar yet still nestle up under your right arm and close to your body, a great guitar size and shape for playing while seated on a comfy couch, or in bed. The light construction gives a lot of that "body feedback" which makes small old guitars so appealing, but this one has none of the quirks that can make old instruments less dependable.
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.