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Big Red Dreadnought


By CAM Guitars

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Beautiful ribbon grain Honduran Mahogany back and sides, old-growth tunnel Redwood top and curly Maple binding, back strip, headplate. Maple burl rosette, Red heart accent, Honduran Mahogany neck with Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge.

Hilltop Music Shop has this to say about Big Red: Meet "Big Red" Tunnel 14 Redwood and Honduran Mahogany cannon! This thing is loud, focused, and a DREAM to play. The old-growth Siskiyou Summit Tunnel 14 Redwood top (reclaimed from a railroad tunnel beam that was set in 1880) is absolutely beautiful. This wood is from the same trees as used in the famed Tunnel 13 guitars. If you aren't familiar with the story of Tunnel 13 Redwood, do an internet search on the topic and you'll see that it has been used on some of the finest guitars ever built. This old-growth Redwood has the immediate response to picking input of Red Cedar, but the sustain and clarity of Sitka Spruce. Paired with this premium set of Honduran, Chris has created one of the finest sounding guitars we have ever heard here at Hilltop! The term "Banjo Killer" is thrown around a good bit, but this guitar IS JUST THAT! It responds well to fingerpicking and will take everything you can give it when flat-picked with a heavy BlueChip.

Tunnel Redwood: Tunnel Redwood guitar tops come from the old Southern Oregon Railroad tunnels numbers 13, 14, and 15. Each of these tunnels, which were constructed in the 1880s used Redwood for the primary support beams. Those support beams are now over 130 years old, but the age of the trees that the wood came from could be hundreds to thousands of years old.

Because Redwood has a high stiffness-to-weight ratio like Spruce, it is a wonderful choice for guitar tops. Instruments constructed with Redwood soundboards can have unsurpassed responsiveness and a richness of tone. They tend to have a broken-in sound and feel, even when they are brand new. For fingerstyle playing, Redwood is stunning with its complex and rich overtones. For flatpicking it can be punchy and crisp and exhibit wonderful string-to-string separation. Adding to this amazing natural history is the human story of the last train robbery to occur in the United States.


  • Lower Bout: 15.5"
  • Upper Bout: 11.5"
  • Body Length: 19.5"
  • Nut & Saddle Material: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.75"
  • String Spacing: 2 1/4"
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Total Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Gotoh M6 style mini, chrome
  • Finish: Gloss Royal-Lac

Hardcase included

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