Dreadnought


Preston Thompson Dreadnought models are all crafted to produce the tone and volume that the dreadnought guitar was originally designed to achieve. These are powerful instruments that, when needed, stand up to the volume of a mandolin, fiddle and banjo. They have the bass response that provides an almost full orchestral backing to vocals. Their mid-range response and bright trebles take flatpicking and lead playing to new levels of achievement.

These are traditional instruments and all models are based on the famous 1937 Herringbone Dreadnought, owned by the late, great Charles Sawtelle of the award winning bluegrass band, Hot Rize. All feature Red spruce (Adirondack) tops chosen for tap tone and stiffness, advanced X brace placement, hand graduated top thickness, pre-war hand carved scalloped braces, nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes and time tested design features such as dovetail neck joints.

It’s all about sound, and that is what the Thompson Dreadnought specializes in. Regardless of the model – mahogany, East Indian rosewood, Honduran rosewood or Brazilian rosewood, Thompson Dreadnoughts are built with the finest woods, materials and craftsmanship to deliver that sought after pre-war sound and playing feel.

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Tops

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Lutz Spruce
  • Engleman Spruce
  • European Spruce
  • Mahogany
  • Port Orford Cedar
  • Koa

Back and Sides

  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian
  • 5A Brazilian
  • Indian Rosewood
  • Panama Rosewood
  • Mahogany
  • Oregon Myrtlewood
  • Maple
  • Koa
  • Cuban Mahogany

Headstock

  • Solid (paddle)
  • Slotted (non 12 Fret)
  • Torch Inlay
  • Vega Style Inlay
  • Custom Inlays
  • Bound Headstock
  • Back Overlay

Neck Profiles

  • Nut: 1 11/16”, 1 23/32”, 1 ¾”, 1 13/16”
  • 12th Fret: 2 1/8” or 2 ¼”
  • Soft V Neck Shape
  • Vintage V Neck Shape
  • Vintage C Neck Shape

Fingerboard

  • Fingerboard Binding – Ivoroid, Tortoise Shell or Wood
  • Diamonds and Squares
  • Snowflake Inlay (45 Style)
  • Mystic Snowflakes
  • 1930’s Style Dots
  • Custom Inlays

Bridge

  • Belly Bridge
  • Inlaid Belly Bridge with Snowflake
  • Old Style Rectangle
  • Pyramid Bridge
  • Drop in Saddle
  • Through Saddle

Bridge Pins

  • Ivoroid Pins
  • Bone Pins
  • Ebony Pins
  • Various Dot Inlays

Rosettes

  • Abalone 3 ring
  • Abalone single ring
  • 3 Ring 28 Style
  • 3 Ring 18 Style
  • Custom Rosette

Binding and Trim

  • Grained Ivoroid
  • Tortoise Celluloid
  • Wood Binding/Purfling
  • Herringbone Purfling
  • BWBW Purfling
  • Custom Rope Purfling

Back Strips

  • Ebony Backstrip
  • Zig Zag Backstrip
  • Chevron Backstrip
  • Multi-Colored Backstrip

Pick Guard

  • Tortoise Pick Guard
  • Greven Pick Guard

Bracing

  • Adirondack Spruce
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Tongue Brace

Tuners

  • Nickel Waverly
  • Gold Waverly
  • 3-on-a-plate Bronze
  • Waverly Slothead
  • Ivoroid Buttons
  • Ebony Buttons
  • Relic Waverly

Finish

  • Gloss Nitro-Cellulose
  • Satin Nitro-Cellulose
  • Sunburst Top
  • Shaded/Toner Top
  • Custom Color Options
  • Stressed Sunburst

Tracking

  • Built in Tracking Chip
  • Built in Identity Chip


*This is a partial list of options available. Just about any custom option may be possible. Not all options are available for all models. Please contact us to discuss your choices.


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Prices vary depending upon appointments:

  • Mahogany back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $4,975
  • East Indian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $5,945
  • Other Exotic Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $6,750
  • 5A Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Starting at $11,900
  • Shipwreck/Salvaged Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Adirondack top: Contact Us
  • 12 Fret additional $200 on base model

*This is a partial list of wood options available. View our Model Style Guide for the complete list or contact us to discuss your choices.