Huss and Dalton MJ Custom Natural

Brucebubs

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My efforts to buy a good Gibson SJ-200 seems destined to never happen.
A couple of days after cancelling a transaction - there was no saddle height on the Gibson - I found a listing for a 'mint' Huss and Dalton MJ Custom here in Australia.
2010 build imported new here by a guitar store in Canberra and purchased by the store manager himself in 2012.
Lots of communication and plenty of good pictures later we reached a price.
Arrived today with all original paperwork and case ... and it truly is 'mint'.





Quite a light build, excellent volume and sustain and a superb tonal balance.
I'm very, very pleased with it.
 

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Huss & Dalton seem to make outstanding guitars (so rare here I never got a chance to try any unfortunately - and why I wrote "seem"-)...This one looks like a Jumbo with a shape that reminds me of an OM with maple back & sides. Pretty much like an SJ 200 with this maple...So I bet it must be a very good choice as you seem to like - very - good SJ200s.
Smaller makes like this one or Santa Cruz often end up making better guitars probably than the bigger makes on their standard models at least : so you should be fulfilled hopefully by this one. Congrats and most of all ENJOY !
 

fronobulax

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H&D are kind of local. I'm glad, and impressed, that you found one in Australia. Enjoy.
 

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I'm very, very pleased with it.
Looks quite nice! 16" lower bout? Too bad about the lack of an SJ200 in your region. I also dreamed about one of those. Then I got an F-50R. I don't dream about an SJ200 anymore. No F-50's down under?
 

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From one H & D owner to another, congratulations! She is a beauty!

Huss & Dalton are a (last I knew) 11-man shop in Staunton, VA. They do about 450 pieces a year: MJ's, Dreads, OM's, OOO's, OO's, O's and two banjo models.

The shape of the MJ looks a little exaggerated as it is possibly more like a J-180 than the 200...like the Everly Bros's guitars...and there is an Albert Lee version
of that style guitar as well.

Yours is absolutely a stunner!
 
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I grew up in the town where they are built, Staunton, VA.

I have owned four, a TD-M, TD-R, 000 12-fret, and a Crossroads DS. All very fine instruments.

All sold, because, well, I'm fickle.
 

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I don't think I've ever had the chance to play an H&D - congrats Bruce, that is one gorgeous guitar!
 

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Thanks for the comments everyone.
It's not a huge jumbo - it has a 16" lower bout and 4 7/8" depth - the exact same specs, but different shape, as my Martin JDP II.

 

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Wow!! What a beautiful guitar!! I'm impressed. They make some REALLY nice guitars, no denying that!! Congrats!!
:encouragement::encouragement:
 
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