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Troublesome Creek SD-1WAL Sweet Dread


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Troublesome Creek The Sweet Dread SD-1

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. 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. 

The Sweet Dread with some refinements. Select Appalachian Red Spruce top and richly figured American Walnut back & sides, herringbone rosette and BWB top purfling. Logo inlay and side dots. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Gloss Nitro Lacquer finish. Nickel Waverly tuners. Troublesome Creek/TKL hardshell case included.

Handcrafted in Hindman, Kentucky

This is a lovely instrument with beautifully grained American Walnut and nice Appalachian Red Spruce top. A great dreadnaught and a guitar that begs to be played hard and long--perfect bluegrass instrument!

Top Materials: Appalachian Red Spruce
Back/Side Materials: American  Walnut
Neck: American Walnut
Nut: 1 3/4" Bone
Fingerboard: Ebony
Scale: 25.5"
Logo Material: Abalone
Finish: High Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Rosette: Herringbone and BWB
Binding: Top and Back 
Binding: Tortoiseshell
Purfling: B/W/B
Tuners: Waverly Nickel
Case: Troublesome Creek hardshell

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:

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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