I’ve wanted to get a Sobell guitar for a long time, but have never had the money to get one. At some point, probably in 2004, I found out that Stefan started making a “D Guitar”, that is, a long scale version of his models, designed to be tuned 1-2 steps lower. Well, that sounded very interesting, but still out of reach for a guy with a wonderful wife, a passel of kids and a mortgage. Put it on the backburner.
In the meantime, I sold a bunch of old gear, so I had a little dough available. I was waffling between a Carvin Bolt kit guitar and a cool little Martin (OOO15S), when all of a sudden, the Sobell came to mind. The word baritone also came to mind, so I did some searching and found that Tacoma (at the time) was making a 29″ scale baritone called the Thunderhawk. Also found that Elderly Instruments had one used for a good price. I decided to try it out. Wow! It is like having a piano sitting in your lap. Awesome tone, and it goes really LOWWWWW…
I would still really like to get the Sobell, but for now, I am working with what I have. I find myself playing this thing all the time, and in fact, have been working to get a number of songs recorded with it for a future album.
Alas, Tacoma is out of business, and the Thunderhawk is no longer in production. It’s a shame, as it was a great option for a moderately priced acoustic baritone. Sorry, mine is not for sale!
Here are some short improvs of the beast, which will give you a feel for what it sounds like: