Huss and Dalton Guitars
Huss and Dalton Guitar Company, Inc. took root in the fertile soil of the Shenandoah Valley, late in the summer of 1995, when Jeff Huss and Mark Dalton’s friendship and mutual interests inspired them to envision eminently playable, resonant, and attractive guitars that were true to their sense of aesthetics and tone. While the luthiers appreciated traditional design, they imagined a guitar that paid homage to tradition and also incorporated improvements to the structure and cosmetics of the distinctly American steel-string guitar.
These radius-topped dreadnoughts are designed with the player in mind who admires the power of the flat top, but desires a bit more balance in the tone than the traditional design displays. Coming in both round and square shoulder shapes, these instruments excel at balance. Their tone avoids the slightly scooped mid range of the flat tops, making it often cut through the muck of an ensemble with ease.
Huss and Dalton's mahogany dreadnought features a radiused top, the same build construction that gives the D-RH its balanced tonal quality. It pairs mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top and combines the elegant appointments of curly maple body binding and understated three-line top trim, as well as mitered three-line side and back purfling.
The D-RH is a dreadnought brought up to date with a radiused top and the red spruce bracing found in all H&Ds. The radiused top brings a boost to the mid-range for a more balanced tonal palette . It was clearly designed with the bluegrass picker in mind, but with enough dynamic range to be enjoyed by the finger-stylist who requires a big voice in his instrument. Indian rosewood back and sides with a Sitka spruce top are standard. The elegance of curly maple binding and fine herringbone top purfling belies the D-RH's willingness to rip it up on stage.
The traditional models are the culmination of Huss & Dalton's deep respect and appreciation of the pre-war flat tops that are among the most revered instruments in existence. They have combined the age-old techniques of construction with their own take on the classic design to produce an instrument of unparalleled power and exquisite tone and playability. These instruments feature 25’ radius bracing mated with a traditionally flat top.
So you say you need a small guitar with 14 frets clear of the body? Huss and Dalton offers you the T-OO14, a short-scale flat top with the same big voice as their standard 00 models. It looks so much like a small TOM that they've given it the same dress, whether in rosewood or mahogany versions. The time of the small-bodied guitar has returned, bringing with it the comfort and warmth that will make it your true friend for life.
Huss and Dalton's TD-M has the understated look of a traditional mahogany guitar, but has a sound that is anything but understated. Flat-top construction, a Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides are standard, subtly decorated with tortoise-style binding and four-line top purfling. The TD-M combines the power of the rosewood TD-R with a warmer, more balanced tonal spectrum that may leave you breathless.
To multitudes of contemporary guitarists, the dreadnought is the king of the heap, and our TD-R leads the pack as a rosewood flat top that brings the best of the past to the requirements of the present. Indian rosewood and Sitka spruce are dressed in herringbone and ivoroid trim. A powerful bass register stands above a rich balance of mids and highs, creating a guitar that was born to lead the band.
TD-R "The Pilgrim" Model
A nod to the iconic Dreadnought, the standard Pilgrim has East Indian rosewood back and sides, and is also available in mahogany at no additional charge.
Imagine a guitar with a warm tone that still manages to clearly show you the start and stop of every note, and then you’ll get some idea of what the TOM-M sounds like. This OM features the same flat-top construction style as Huss and Dalton's TOM-R but combines mahogany with a Sitka spruce top. Rather than the immediate flash of the TOM-R, the TOM-M shines subtly with traditional mahogany guitar appointments like tortoise-style body bindings and simple dot fretboard inlays. Understatement is the name of the game here—that is, until you pick the first note.
Classic timeless styling. The Huss & Dalton TOM-R combines traditional flat-top construction with the red spruce bracing used in all Huss & Daltons. This guitar is especially suited for finger-style players or flatpickers with a lighter touch, yet holds up to vigorous strumming when the performance becomes more intense. The even response and airy, shimmery qualities the OM has always been known for are maintained and expanded on in the Huss & Dalton TOM-R. The standard TOM-R is a refined brew of Indian rosewood, Sitka spruce, herringbone purfling, ivoroid body bindings, classic slotted diamond fretboard inlay pattern, and a squared headstock with a carved diamond volute. Vintage-style nickel tuning machines by Waverly complete this timeless package. Shown above with thermo-cured Red Spruce top and Cocobolo back and sides.
Small Body Series
Small does not have to mean less. Huss and Dalton's “O” series guitars utilize their radius top construction along with a 12 frets to the body configuration to produce an instrument with ample volume coupled with the warm woody tone that 12 fret short scale guitars naturally display.
At 13-1/2", this sweetheart is Huss and Dalton's smallest bodied guitar. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in power. The Model 0 is a parlor instrument with street attitude. Appointments are the same elegant ones found on our models 00 and 000.
The Model 0-SP is a parlor instrument with street attitude. Appointments are the same elegant ones found on our models 00 and 000, but featuring a slotted headstock and pyramid bridge.
Huss and Dalton's 12-fret 00 produces a surprising amount of volume from a small-body guitar. Very clear and balanced in tone, it's braced for light gauge strings, and designed with the finger-style player in mind. The 00 pairs Engelmann spruce with either mahogany or Indian rosewood for the standard woods. It features Indian rosewood body binding, six-line top purfling, and our vintage-style straight bridge.
The OO-SP combines an Engelmann spruce top with Indian rosewood back and sides. Additionally, a pyramid bridge and slotted headstock adds elegance and tradition to the classic features of our 00 models. Not to mention that the tonal quality of the 00-SP acoustic guitar is genius, delivering warm, resonant sounds that sustain for what seems to be forever.
Huss and Dalton's 12-fret 000 has a warm tonal character in a body size one step up from our 00 guitar. The 000 pairs Sitka spruce with either mahogany or Indian rosewood for the standard woods. It features Indian rosewood body binding, six-line top purfling, and our vintage-style straight bridge.
This model has the same build and cosmetic features as Huss and Dalton's 000, but includes an elegant slotted headstock and pyramid bridge.
The concert-bodied guitars feature a more modern approach to the Luthier’s craft. Their bracing lends them a lush, modern tone with plenty of sustain, while also providing the exceptional balance that is demanded by the modern finger style player. The elegant aesthetics enhance the overall impression of modernity expressed in these instruments.
CM Cutaway Model
The Huss and Dalton CM model is perfect whether you are a songwriter needing an inspirational writing tool or a discerning finger stylist, or perhaps a blend of both. Though somewhat smaller than a dreadnought and with deep sides at 4-5/8", it really packs low-end warmth and response. The elegant design includes a soft Venetian cutaway, body and fretboard bindings of figured maple, an abalone rosette, and an understated 12th-fret scroll fretboard inlay in abalone. The Huss & Dalton CM will give you the full tonal spectrum, as well as the reach to achieve the most complex melody. Standard woods are Engelmann Spruce top and either Mahogany or Indian Rosewood back and sides.
CM Non Cutaway Model
The Huss & Dalton CM with the non-cutaway option is a step down from a dreadnought in size. Let's face it—some guitarists just can't abide the looks of a cutaway, nor do they need the extra reach. This version of the CM is a dead ringer for a OOO with a 14-fret neck, offering a comfortable body size with a 25.4" scale length for a powerful guitar with perhaps a shade more resonance than the cutaway version. This guitar offers a strong, balanced tonal response in a comfortable package. Standard woods are Engelmann Spruce top and either Mahogany or Indian Rosewood back and sides.
CM-12 Non Cutaway Model
The Huss & Dalton CM-12 is a cutaway version of the CM model. This configuration allows easy access to the upper frets yet maintains the power, so what you really get is a deep-bodied 000. You can trust this guitar to growl or purr, whichever you need at the moment. See the DS-12 for more about 12-fret guitars.
CM 12 String Model
Huss and Dalton's entry into the 12-String market is a versatile, medium sized instrument based on their ever popular CM Model. It features a reverse taper peghead and is shown here with optional Curly Maple back, sides, and neck woods. The red spruce top bracing is carved to produce a full round tone, while being able to hold up under the rigors of the 12 string format under standard pitch. Sitka Spruce is standard top wood along with Indian Rosewood as standard back and side wood. Available in cutaway or non cutaway body.
Huss and Dalton's Model FS is aimed directly at the modern finger-style player. While utilizing the body shape of the CM, it adds shallower body depth for a more immediate response along with lighter top bracing for greater sustain. Its wider tapered fretboard, combined with a flatter, low-profile neck shape, ultimately creates the perfect finger-style guitar. Shown here is a standard FS with an Engelmann Spruce top and East Indian Rosewood back and sides.
The Huss & Dalton OM is a beautiful guitar with the same features as our OM-C, but with the more traditional lines of a non-cutaway. The rosewood binding on a rosewood body conjures up images of tuxedos and limousines—it's that formal and glamorous-looking—yet it can just as easily enhance the performance of a folkie or jammer. Don't let its elegance blind you; this guitar can please any audience.
OM Cutaway Model
The Huss & Dalton OM-C is elegance in its simplest form, a dream when it comes to fingerstyle playing. Like the CM with its soft Venetian cutaway, the OM-C has all the high-note reach a musician craves, along with the tonal balance for which the OM guitar has always been known. Outstanding player comfort and balanced tone of this guitar make it an exceptional choice for many playing styles. Designed with Huss and Dalton's proprietary Stingray fretboard inlay pattern, abalone rosette, rosewood fretboard and body bindings, this model takes a new turn on a traditional body style.
Huss and Dalton's radius topped dreadnoughts are designed with the player in mind who admires the power of the flat top, but desires a bit more balance in the tone than the traditional design displays. Coming in both round and square shoulder shapes, these instruments excel at balance. Their tone avoids the slightly scooped mid range of the flat tops, making it often cut through the muck of an ensemble with ease.
This slope-shouldered guitar is designed for brawny power. Big in sound but not short on clarity, this guitar is a nod to the traditional slope-shoulder guitars of the 1930s and ’40s. Its standard woods are Sitka spruce paired with either Indian rosewood or mahogany. In concept, we think of the rosewood version as a slope-shouldered D-RH and the mahogany version as a slope-shouldered DM. The pairs sound similar, and all four sound their best with medium strings and hard playing. The DS comes standard with a beautiful vintage sunburst, maple bindings, and 42-style snowflake fretboard inlays.
This DS is pictured with the 12-fret option. With 12 frets to the body and 24.9 scale length, these guitars have the power of a standard DS but with a rounder tonal quality. To many players, 12-fret guitars are imbued with near-mystical qualities. When the neck is moved two frets toward the body, the sound hole and bridge must follow its trajectory and the bracing must be rearranged to suit. There's no reason to think it will project like a 14-fretter, and it doesn't. It's bigger! And not a guitar for the timid!
Huss and Dalton's Crossroads models are some of their favorites. They have a great respect for the old blues music coming straight out of the Delta in the early 20th century. These guitars feature the look and sound of the great old instruments favored by the masters of the genre. Huss and Dalton has lightened the bracing and further shortened the scale to produce the woody, thumpy tone that makes the great blues music come to life.
Think of the Crossroads guitar as a smaller DS Crossroads. The tonal balance is similar, and its volume doesn't suffer much from being caged in a smaller body. You may find that the Crossroads makes a more convenient traveling companion than its DS Crossroads big brother. The Crossroads comes standard in Sitka/mahogany. The dark sunburst and unpurfled crème binding present a no-frills look, perfect for the unpretentious player who prefers to let the music attract the attention. The Crossroads is also a shade deeper in the body than the 0, 00, and 000 series, creating a guitar with perhaps a bit bassier presence. Light gauge strings can bring out the best of the lightly braced top, though the Crossroads warranty allows for mediums.
Crossroads 12 Fret Model
Created from the same Sitka/mahogany combination as the 14-fret Crossroads, the 12-fretter delivers all the magic of our other 12-fret guitars at the expense of two frets’ easy access on the neck. In both versions you'll find a warm, woody sound that blends wonderfully with the human voice.
DS Crossroads Model
Take the H&D standard DS. Convert it to a flat top with a short scale. Then take a chisel to the bracing to compensate for the shorter scale length. Strip it back to an unostentatious dress code but maintain the dark sunburst, and you have a workingman's guitar of epic proportions. This guitar can pick a gentle child’s tune or rage across a stage.
DS Crossroads 12 Fret Model
The DS-12 version embodies the flat top of the 14-fret DS Crossroads: its dressed-down binding scheme, and the same dark sunburst, but the 12-fretter brings the player the same charm and thunder of any large-body 12-fret guitar (see the DS-12). You have to trade away a couple frets of high-end access, but in return you get a powerhouse guitar that can cover all the bases if you are player enough to master it.
The Crossroads Deluxe is a whole other animal than the standard Crossroads, though they are both built in the same mold. The Deluxe is a full 4-5/8" deep for a big presence, and the standard curly maple back and sides conjure up the clean, crisp essence of all maple guitars. The package includes an all-over dark sunburst and clean, three-line purfling snuggled against bright ivoroid binding. The neck is also crafted from curly maple.
MJ Crossroads DeLuxe Model
The same size as the standard MJ, the Deluxe version features the same flamed tiger maple and Sitka spruce in a flat-top model to draw out an increased bass response. The neck is also flame maple. The Deluxe stuns in an all-over sunburst, with bright ivoroid binding to set it off. Sedate three-line purfling is used to set off the bling. The MJ Crossroads dazzles either from its open case or from the stage.
Jumbo models feature a 16” lower bout width to produce the tone and power of the great old mid jumbo design while incorporating our take on the aesthetics. These models utilize an elegant reverse taper peg head and upgraded stingray fingerboard inlays to produce a package that pays homage to the originals but with a bit more graceful presence.
This mid-size jumbo, at 16" across and 4 7/8" deep, features a Sitka spruce top and comes standard with beautifully figured maple back and sides. It has a big voice without the muddy quality often associated with guitars of this size. Either you dig the shape or you don't, but you can't question the players who ascended to stardom with a jumbo guitar held in front of them. The MJ also comes in Indian rosewood or mahogany. Half-herringbone (rope) top purfling is standard, as well as the half-herringbone rosette, and the Indian rosewood binding adds class, as well as protection to the delicate edges of the guitar. The Stingray fretboard inlays add a subtle dazzle in any light.
Like the MJ, the cutaway version is 16" across, but this guitar is built at 4 1/2" deep. Its standard woods are either Indian rosewood or mahogany back and sides with a Sitka spruce top. Its size and build contribute to a balanced sound that covers a lot of ground. Features include Stingray inlays, Indian rosewood bindings, and half-herringbone rosette and purfling. With the reach of a cutaway and the power of the body style, the MJC could be your companion of a lifetime.
Albert Lee Signature Series
Huss and Dalton first met guitar legend Albert Lee in 2007. He was introduced to by their U.K. distributor and quickly began a musical partnership which has culminated in three signature models. These guitars are patterned after the H&D guitars which Albert has chosen to play for the last 10 years. It is truly an honor to have this guitar genius as part of the Huss and Dalton family.
Albert Lee Signature Model MJ DeLuxe
The flagship of the "Alberts" is the MJ Deluxe. This is an exact copy of the MJ which Albert first began playing in 2007. It is the ultimate in style and sophistication featuring Curly Maple back and sides and neck paired with a bear claw Sitka Spruce top completely finished in transparent black. Accentuated by the flamed Koa bindings and pick guard, the guitar exudes elegance. It's beauty is only surpassed by the classic thump of the jumbo form.
Albert Lee Signature Model MJ
Well remembered as a long time member of the Everly Brothers and often seen playing the classic Jumbo Everly models, Albert was a natural fit for our 16" jumbo Model MJ. While we were formulating ideas for Albert's Signature Models guitars, we decided to include the Albert Lee signature MJ standard, which features the body shape and scale length of the MJ with the cosmetics of the T-OO14 Albert Lee signature model. This version is Indian rosewood with tortoise bindings and a sunburst finish.
Albert Lee Signature Model T-0014
While being known as a jumbo player when playing acoustic, Albert also fancies a smaller bodied tone and feel. In 2013 Huss and Dalton collaborated with Albert to produce his vision of what he wanted in a small bodied acoustic. The result was the Albert Lee signature model T-0014. It pairs the popular features of our T-OO14 standard with the touches that made it the right choice for Albert, such as a slim 1 11/16" nut width and 2 1/8" saddle spacing, along with a striking tobacco sunburst top finish.
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