We give this guitar a rating of “excellent plus” because it shows practically no signs of use or wear. We say “practically” because it has the faintest signs of fret wear in first position. The Engelmann spruce top is bordered with koa binding as is the fingerboard, soundhole and neck. The “McPherson” logo on the East Indian Rosewood headstock is inlayed in abalone as well as the dots on the matching bridge pins. The bridge itself is rosewood while the fingerboard is made up of ebony. This guitar features gold hardware parts, including Schaller tuning machines, strap button and tail pin jack.
If you’re not familiar with this brand, McPherson guitars come with a trademark offset soundhole which enhances the sound by increasing the flexible surface area on the center of the top of the guitar. On the flip side you’ll see a series of laminated braces which minimize the connection the underside of the top. The braces are allowed to vibrate freely by arching over or under the intersecting points on the top. The side braces are aligned with both the top and back braces to mechanically channel these vibrations around the entire body of the guitar. The end result is a sound that will shiver your timbres.
McPherson ships out all new guitars with three bridge saddles at varying heights. This is so that the player can have the instrument set up to their ideal string height. This used example retains the original three saddles, the reaming two can be found inside the case pocket. Speaking of which, that pocket resides in one of the best hard shell cases available, a dark gray Ameritage case which includes a digital hygrometer and two humidifying devices.
This handsome guitar currently sells (new) for $15,000. But you can obtain this meticulous previously owned model for much less.