Pratley Studio Series Dreadnought Cutaway Model Blackwood B/S Australian Cedar Top
Handcrafted on the Gold Coast in Australia, Pratley Guitars produce world class instruments with unique design and character while maintaining a classic appeal that will endure.
*This item is special order only - call or email us for construction and shipping times*
Pratley have reserved their finest materials for their highest-level production guitars - The Studio Series. Timbers unique to the Studio Series include African Wenge, Northern Territory grown Mahogany, and the increasingly rare Australian Cedar - Which is sourced by Pratley from old stock that was stashed away years ago. You'll also find necks made from premium grade Flame Queensland Maple Silkwood, premium semi-gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer finishes, and more aesthetic features that truly bring the Studio Series into a class of their own. The dreadnought body provides classic, balanced tone.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought Cutaway
- Back & Sides: Select Solid Tasmanian Blackwood
- Top: Select Solid Australian Cedar
- Bracing: Qtr Sawn Queensland Bunya
- Fretboard: Premium African Wenge
- Bridge: Premium African Wenge
- Neck: Premium Flame Queensland Maple Silkwood
- Head Cap: 2mm Solid African Wenge
- Scale Length: 25.5" (647.7mm)
- Frets: 20
- Fret Wire: Jescar (18% Nickel Silver)
- Nut: 44mm Graphtech (bone colour)
- Saddle: Graphtech (bone colour)
- Bridge Pins: Graphtech (bone colour)
- Tuners: Pratley Gold (18:1) made by Gotoh Japan
- Strap Button: Gold
- Inlays: 3mm Classic White Resin Dots
- Rosette: Radial Grain Pattern Wenge outer rings with White Mother of Pearl inner ring
- Binding: Vintage White ABS
- Purfling: White / Black / White
- Tail Wedge: Wenge
- Finish: Fully grain filled premium Semi-gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Pickup: L.R. Baggs StagePro Element System
- Case: Pratley Premium Moulded Hardfoam
- Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb 12-53
Please Note: Specifications are subject to change at any time. Please refer to www.pratleyguitars.com.au
This model can be ordered as left-handed. Call or email for build times and price.
About Pratley Guitars
Martin Pratley started building original acoustic guitars at the age of 19, drawing from the fine skills passed down by his woodworking father and Martin‚Äôs study in Industrial Design. Martin spent years building custom Stomp Boxes and Guitars, and in 2004, combining his wealth of knowledge, skill, and passion, launched Pratley Guitars.
Not long after the official launch, Martin brought about the design and production of the first Pratley Cajon‚Äôs. The proprietary On/Off snare design has proven its brilliant simplicity to this day and as such Pratley Cajon‚Äôs have made their place as one of the leaders worldwide.
In the years to come Pratley products have become common place in the Australian music scene, being seen in around 50 retail stores across Australia. The guitars themselves continue to go from strength to strength gaining prominence in Canada and securing artist endorsement from beloved Australian artists John Butler, Ash Grunwald, Tash Sultana and more recently Steph Strings, Jack Carty and Josh Teskey.
Why choose a Pratley Guitar
Internationally renowned, Pratley Guitars are handcrafted in Queensland, using stunning Australian tonewoods. The Pratley design is inspired, and the build is exceptional; with a uniquely created neck joint to enhance setup and playability and quality hardware as standard. Made for the Australian climate, Pratley‚Äôs signature bracing design means that the guitars can better tolerate fluctuations in humidity; ensuring exceptional performance in both dry and humid conditions.
Pratley Guitars have a real passion for using the native timber from our beautiful country. Using Australian tone-woods gives Pratley acoustic guitars a voicing that stands out among international brands.
Using local native timber species allows each Pratley Guitar to be much more environmentally friendly. Instead of importing timber from different countries all over the world, a number of premium tonewoods that grow within 4hrs drive of the Pratley factory are used. This combined with the fact that the Bunya soundboards come from trees that can be harvested after 30-40 years makes sustainability a big part of the Pratley Guitar ethos. (For example, Spruce soundboards often come from trees 200-400 years old).
Premium tonewoods you can find used in a Pratley Guitar are Queensland Bunya, Queensland Maple Silkwood, Tasmanian Blackwood & Queensland Silver Quandong.
The unique tonewoods do not stop with the body of the guitar. Each Pratley Guitar has a fretboard made with either Johnstone River Teak or Wenge. Johnstone River Teak (JRT) is a topical hardwood similar to Indian rosewood in density & oil content. It makes a very stable fretboard that sits perfectly in the sweet spot of oily, hard, & with a good weight. It also holds frets very well. Wenge is an African wood that is beautiful and dark. It is tonally & visually amazing. This super hardwearing tone-wood is a great addition to the more expensive models.
The fretboard is also a floating fretboard with its end sitting just above the soundboard. Many companies compromise the soundboard geometry to create the correct angle to glue on the fretboard. Others machine the fretboard thin to thick to create the angle. Pratley Guitars keep the full thickness of the neck & fretboard through, past the last fret and then allow the fretboard to float above the top. Traditional stringed instruments such as violin & cello also do this as it allows the maker to focus on the voice of the soundboard without compromise.
The neck carve is high performing with 2-way adjustable truss rod & twin torsion bars. Both Truss rod & torsion bars run across the 14th fret body intersection which prevents any hump forming. Having the truss rod & bars run the full length of the neck allows for a more even relief arc from 1st to last fret.
Pratley Guitars use a set neck joining method which means the full thickness neck is glued into a solid timber pocket. The natural taper of the neck when fitted into the pocket creates a wedge joint similar to a horizontal dovetail. Pratley have also eliminated the 'OLD WORLD' heel which came from the Spanish heel method of construction. Removing the heel has reduced weight and allowed greater access to fretboard. Each neck is carefully fitted and glued into the body pocket to maximise resonant transfer.
Using his Industrial Design background, Martin Pratley has developed the A-X top bracing pattern to prevent bridge roll (top belly-ing) while enhancing the articulation and sweetness of tone. The bracing is also made from premium quarter sawn Bunya and is designed in a way that improves resonant transfer between the top, sides & back. The backs also have a 4.5M radius dome joined with the sides using their proprietary laser kerf linings.
An optimised Scarf Joint Head Angle is used to provide a good string break angle and superior strength.
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