Exc(+) condition • SN# 338 • 25 1/4″ scale length
1 3/4″ width at nut • 2 1/8″ pin spacing
This is a wonderful custom grade dreadnaut guitar built by Roy Noble in 2000 with Coco Bolo Rosewood back and sides. It has a beautiful three-piece back with center wedge of highly figured Maple. Sitka (or possibly Englemann Spruce) top with lots of golden hues and interesting grain. Amazon Mahogany neck with a low profile “D” shape. Coco Bolo peghead overlay and bridge. Gabon Ebony fingerboard. Peghead veneer shows Roy Noble’s Maple slant inset and Maple truss-rod cover with Noble logo. Fingerboard and peghead bound with old-style celluloid grained ivoroid binding. Pearl cut diamond inlays in fingerboard. Body bound with flamed Maple outer bindings. On the back you see an Ebony and Maple purfling inside the outer Maple. On the top you see Roy Noble’s handmade wooden herringbone purflings inside Maple bindings as well as around soundhole rosette. Red tortoise pickguard. Coco Bolo bridge has boxed saddle and fossilized Ivory bridge pins. Matching fossil Ivory end pin installed. Gold Waverly tuners.
Coco Bolo has always been a favored Rosewood for its grain, for its beauty, and for it’s strong informative tone. Many guitar builders avoid it because of extra processes when gluing it, and because of different ways to voice a Coco Bolo guitar to eliminate heavy overtone they can have. Roy Noble solved these problems years ago. To better attenuate the tone, he often used a Maple back wedge in center of Coco Bolo back and often used Maple to line the inside of the Coco Bolo sides. These things separately or in tandem cause the tonal spectrum to shift away from favoring low-mids and bass to a better overall balance. Noble also didn’t use inside backing strips along the glue joints of the back. Noble’s backs only have the main back braces, and not the Spruce backing strips you see on Martin and Gibson guitars, for example. You can quickly visualize how this frees the back to be more of an active soundboard, instead of a more passive reflective panel.
This is a beautifully constructed guitar, made from highest grade components and with NO CnC work. It has just arrived and we are dialing in the set-up now. Beautiful tone… it fills the room with music, even with light gauge string and a light touch. Comes with good hard case.