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Troublesome Creek SD-0 Sweet Dread


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Troublesome Creek Sweet Dread SD-0 

Manufacturer's Description:

Our innovative Sweet Dread, only with zero frills. This Troublesome Creek exclusive design features an Appalachian Red Spruce top and a 13-fret neck joined to a uniquely profiled, comfortable depth, long, slope-D body. Appalachian Red Spruce top and bracing with straight-grained quarter-sawn back and sides. Single line BWB rosette, simple top binding only. Our new Balanced Fulcrum Bridge with its smiling pin line blends performance, stability and beauty into what may be the ultimate steel string guitar bridge. All of our guitars have soundhole-adjustable, two-way truss rod systems and our signature hot-hide-glued top bracing.  Solid American Walnut neck with Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Resin logo inlay and side dots. Nickel Kluson Prestige tuners w/ parchment buttons. Open Satin Nitro Lacquer finish. Troublesome Creek/TKL hard-shell case included. Hand crafted in Hindman, Kentucky.

Series Specs:
Back Wood: American Walnut
Top Wood: Appalachian Red Spruce
Neck Wood: American Walnut
Fretboard Wood: Ebony
Bridge Wood: Ebony
Upper Bout Width: 11 1/4"
Lower Bout Width: 15 3/4"
Body Length: 20 3/8"
Overall Length: 40 9/16"                             
Body Depth at Tail: 4 5/16"
Body Depth at Neck: 3 1/2"
Sound hole Diameter: 4"
Neck Width at Nut: 1 11/16"
Neck Width at 12th Fret: 2 1/8"
Scale Length: 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius: 16"
Frets: 20

Troublesome Creek is like no other stringed instrument manufacturer in the world. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, with our own school of luthiery. The people we train, both from the recovery community and the local labor pool, make some of the best guitars, mandolins, and dulcimers you’ll ever play!

Troublesome Creek’s manufactory is situated in the beautiful, former Hindman High School building, built in 1931, refitted with a state-of-the-art woodworking facility.  Specialized tools, jigs and fixtures (many of which have been designed and built in-house) keep the lines running smoothly. From the loading bay, where logs of native hardwood are brought in to be processed, to the setup room, where the finished instruments are adjusted and inspected, every square foot of our facility is being pressed into service.

The Culture of Recovery program was created in order to host people in recovery at the studios of the Appalachian Artisan Center. Established under a generous grant from ArtPlace America, the COR initiative brought in people suffering from substance abuse disorders in an effort to enhance their recovery efforts by immersion in Blacksmithing, Pottery, Luthiery and more. Since the program began in 2018, we have instructed hundreds of individuals, offering them new focus and healing. And of these many success stories, an especially talented, select group have gone on to become luthiers at Troublesome Creek. And we couldn’t be happier about that!
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At Troublesome Creek Stringed Instrument Company, we train people in recovery to become some of the best luthiers in the country. Using the finest in locally-sourced, Appalachian hardwoods, they create stunning instruments that are both tonally and environmentally excellent, while each sale contributes to the regrowth of our post-coal economy. When you purchase a Troublesome Creek instrument,you get you more than a terrific handmade heirloom; you take ownership in a legacy that you helped build. Visit the Appalachian School of Luthiery at: