Model: Jumbo

Top: Adirondack Spruce

Back & sides: Cocobolo

Other features:

Rounded cutaway

Curly maple binding

Dot fingerboard markers

14 fret neck join

Waverly tuning mahines

Availability: Sold (but a new one can be custom built in 6-9 months)



Customer comments:

Greetings again.

I was intending to review your guitar right onto the webpage, but I guess that I would have to send it through you to put on the site if you so choose. So here it goes. I will review it not as I am speaking to you in particular, but to a prospective customer.

The tonal characteristics of the Worland cocobolo/adirondack jumbo cutaway are worthy of admiration. The bass is round and full and the highs have a sparkle to them. The tonal balance is very good, with an emphasis on the extremities, and without honky mids to allow for clarity. This guitar has a surprising response when touched lightly, but does not overdrive when pushed. I believe that the increased tension of 13s may inhibit much of the headroom that this guitar may have, though this is just an assumption. 12s will perhaps make this an even more dynamic and open guitar. And, seeing as this is a baby guitar, both the response and headroom will surely be a force to be reckoned with in time.

Fingerpicking notes on this guitar is a beautiful thing. Arpeggios jump out of the box (moreso than normally for rosewood) with distinction and just the right amound of blending. Single note lines have a defined quality to them, with music in each note. Flatpicking is easily feasible on this guitar as well, though hard strumming tended to produce a slight warp (imbalance) in the tonal spectrum.

Playing in standard tuning is a joy in itself, but tuning this baby down is when it shows off. The low Ds and Cs do not sound out-of-place in this guitar at all, to the point where I would recommend a similar guitar shape for baritone-type uses (hint, hint Jim).

As far as timbre goes, I would say that it has the bright and clear highs and attack of a Taylor, but with everything else better: fullness, volume, response, BASS, etc. From the mids on up, this guitar reminds me of Taylor. The bass is definitely more ample and Goodall, if I may say so. Despite the brightness, I would characterize this guitar as a soft-spoken guitar in terms of attack/decay ratio. If you think of a range between a rosewood cedar Breedlove (soft-spoken) and mahogany sitka Martin (hard-spoken), this will lie closer to Breedlove in that respect. Neither is better, it just depends on whether you want to play flowing melodies (soft) or rusty blues (hard).

The cocobolo has a definite kick to it. Though I have limited experience to both, I would say that I would prefer this wood over Brazilian both due to price and round punch (without metallic flavors ala indian).

So, in effect, it is a risk-free endeavor that I recommend, if there is a special guitar in your dreams. Easy man to deal with; I specified dimensions, he supplied the guitar (at no extra cost).

Worland Guitars - 810 North First Street - Rockford, IL 61107 - 815.961.8854

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