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Old 09-22-2012, 10:06 AM
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Default David Webber Dread - Adi/Ziricote

I have enjoyed all the postings for individual guitars, great resource/collection of information. Therefore I wanted to contribute my experiences in purchasing my commissioned David Webber Dreadnaught this spring/summer.

Build Spec’s
Red Spruce top
Ziricote B&S
Lightly flamed 1 piece Mahogany neck
Dovetailed neck joint
Streaked Ebony headplate, fingerboard (bound), and bridge
Ebony binding w/ flamed Koa B|W|B purfling
Flamed Koa rosette & logo inlay
Ebony tail wedge (no strap buttons)
Ebony neck cap
25.4” scale
Gotoh 510 "Cosmo Black" tuners
Side fret markers only
Ebony bridge pins
Bone nut and saddle (non-compensated)
1 ¾” nut, 2 ¼” string spacing at bridge
Polyester finish
Clear pickguard
Medium gauge strings

David was very helpful and the overall process was extremely enjoyable. Build construction is very high, set-up and playability is superb and definitely what I would consider a modern sound. In particular, there is a sweet spot when lightly strummed, were the sound just jumps off the strings. Yet, it still has great headroom when attacked hard with a pick; a very nicely balanced guitar which sounds good with many different playing styles. David accepted this commission with the top and B&S sets being supplied by me.

Enough with the written info, lets get to the pictures –



Full frontal shot.



Pictures do not do the top justice!



This Red Spruce top is iridescent, with light silking throughout.



The straight, parallel gain on the back was a big seller for me in choosing this set.



The sapwood stands out nicely.



There was some good quartered grain on this set, even the sapwood shows the medullar rays.



The Mahogany neck is very well quartered.



Light flaming throughout the length of the neck, used a gloss finish.



This headplate was a nice added visual bonus when I received the guitar.



The streaked Ebony on the fretboard and bridge adds some visual interest to the guitar.


Just a very nice build from a good luthier, kudo's to Mr. Webber. Thanks for viewing!
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:16 AM
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It's a shame you didn't commission a pretty one.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:20 AM
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Beautiful!! Nice reveiew, I know you're going to enjoy this one for a long time!
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:36 PM
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It's a shame you didn't commission a pretty one.
This is actually the one area I really overlooked when I went with a commissioned guitar. I did not understand how much pleasure I would gain from having a guitar spec'd out specifically to my tastes. I had been playing lots of guitars looking for the right sound, part of the reason I think I did not pull the trigger was that I did not find one that also spoke to me from a visual perspective. I am at an age now were I also wanted a visual show piece, sometimes I just take the guitar out to look at it, the woods are just so visibly stunning.

Best thing of all, it plays as good as it looks
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David is a great guy and builds a guitar that represents one of the best values out there in a "one off" shop.

I've owned a couple dozen of his instruments over the years and there are a couple I really miss. It's been almost a year since I sold off my last one. I've got my first Webber 000-12 coming Monday, can't wait to give it a run.

Glad you had a positive experience (wouldn't have expected anything else!)
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That is a beautiful guitar IBKuz, congratulations.

I played 4 Webbers two days ago and I was blown away by the quality of David's guitars, not to mention the clear tone and great playability. One that stood out for me was a "rectified" Engelman topped Sloped Dread, with Indian Rosewood. The round body in similar materials was awesome too with great note to note balance up the neck.

His choice of materials is top notch too - I'm impressed.
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I've got my first Webber 000-12 coming Monday, can't wait to give it a run.
So you bought the 12-fret 000! Great choice and get ready to have some fun. My Webber 12-fret 000 in EIR and Engelmann is simply awesome. David Webber builds some real gems.

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Hi Ian,

Wow, that is a beautiful guitar! And wonderful photos! Thanks for taking the time to post!

And welcome to the forum!

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Amazing. I have a ziricote Roundbody and it is truly a delight. I was puzzled by the Adirondack top until I saw that you provided the woods. That's not a wood that David normally builds with - but I'm glad you're pleased with the results!

He really does wonderful work. Definitely doesn't get the credit he deserves, but I think he actually likes it that way. Humble guy. Phenomenal guitars.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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After I received my Webber 00, I loved the feel and sound of it so much, I set about getting a round body. I wanted a Mahogany this time, and apparently, that is harder than it sounds - Sapele seems to be replacing it. But, David had some, and I was going to have it built, but noticed on the Guitar Emporium website that Robb had a Quilted Mahogony roundbody with the sharp cutawayy I wanted. In short, it's now coming my way:







Here are pictures of the W00 i picked:



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beautiful - congrats
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The quilted Mahogany is really special, very nice!
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Default Congrats on your new Webber

Adi/Ziricote is definately one of my favorite wood combos bro. Enjoy it in good health!
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:11 AM
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The quilted Mahogany is really special, very nice!
I think David calls that "waterfall" mahogany. I almost picked up an almost-identical guitar from Cathedral Music during their closing sale (at a 40% discount!) but considering I had already bought my Ziricote roundbody during the same sale, I couldn't justify it...

Both the mahogany RB and the ziricote dread in this thread are stunning though! David doesn't usually like flashy inlays, but his "let the woods speak for themselves" approach can look equally stunning when he builds with the more exotic and figured woods. Absolutely gorgeous.
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Love the Webbers photographed here. Congrats to their owners!

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