Circa Acoustic Guitars

Circa Guitars is John Slobod. I met him in 2011 and was very impressed by his guitars, immaculate workmanship, detailing and tone to die for! He learned the trade with such legendary luthiers as David Freeman, Dana Bourgeois and Julius Borges, starting his own workshop in Maine in 2001.

John is a master at getting that pre-war Martin sound and is a great fan of red/Adirondack spruce.“I’m a red-spruce fanatic. You can get it to sound as delicate as you want or as powerful as you want." Adding that other important factors are “the quality of the topwood, the thickness of the finish, and hide glue. Some people say the glue doesn’t make a difference, but I can hear it. The back’s thickness, the way it bounces when you tap it, is another really big factor, especially on small guitars. A loose back really helps the bass response.”

  1. Circa OM - Adirondack & Honduran Mahogany (used)

    Circa OM - Adirondack & Honduran Mahogany (used)

    Out of stock
    In excellent condition.

    Perfect balance and that classic vintage mahogany sound. This beauty from John has remarkable projection, solid well defined bass, characterful and complex mids and-bell like trebles. A very versatile guitar, great for all styles. It plays like a dream and you can hear every detail of every note, a perfectionists guitar.

    • Adirondack top
    • Beeswing Honduran mahogany back and sides
    • 14 frets to the body
    • 25.4” scale
    • 1 ¾” nut width
    • 2 1/4" string spacing at saddle
    • 15” lower bout
    • Honduran mahogany with diamond neck
    • Black/maple lines with miters at endgraft purfling
    • Black nitro bindings
    • Ebony headstock veneer
    • Black line backstrip
    • Small dot position markers (with side dots)
    • 5/9/5 Martin style 28 rosette
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Ebony pyramid bridge
    • Waverly tuners
    • Ebony tuner buttons
    • Bone nut and saddle
    • Bone bridge pins
    • No pickguard
    • Hardshell case

    Circa OM - Adirondack & Honduran Mahogany (used)Circa OM - Adirondack & Honduran Mahogany (used)Circa OM - Adirondack & Honduran Mahogany (used)


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