Fairbanks F-30 Roy Smeck Guitar
Fairbanks F-30 RS Guitar (2012)
Born in 1900, Roy Smeck was a vaudeville, radio and film star throughout the early twentieth century and was known as 'The Wizard of the Strings' for his virtuosic ability on the banjo, guitar, lap steel guitar and ukulele. The original Roy Smeck-endorsed guitars were made for Hawaiian-style playing, with a deep body, square neck, two inch nut and tall saddle. Most of these have been converted to be played conventionally, shaving down the neck and narrowing the nut to a manageable width. The Fairbanks Roy Smeck successfully reproduces this monster in it's round-neck form, retaining the original bracing style and body depth. The 12 fret configuration places the bridge smack in the center of the lower bout which draws out a tone unheard in 14 fret slope-shoulder dreadnoughts: loud, sweet and beautifully balanced, the un-scalloped red Spruce bracing allows it to bark and growl with the best of its long-necked cousins.