I think the "S" in this guitar's name doesn't really refer to the Avalon's body size—I think it stands for "So much to like about this guitar" or "Stunning" or "Shoreline should order more of these".
I mean, yes, it's gorgeous, a small-bodied Ard Rí build from Avalon, all of which have lately tended toward the simple and restrained aesthetic that I'm so drawn to. And, yes, it's my favorite tonewood on the planet, Mexican Cocobolo. And the smaller dimensions probably double my available playing time (full scale, but easier to reach around with my picking hand).
But the tone is where this shines, with an uncommon combination of small-guitar ring, clarity, and balance, really filled out with some Cocobolo beefiness. It's interesting to compare this to our signature Taylor build. In that guitar, the Spruce + Cocobolo combo results in a stunning clarity that leaps out of the guitar like no other Taylor. But in this Avalon, that Spruce + Cococbolo clarity is complemented by a ringy responsiveness and a nice dose of beefy lows. This is a killer guitar.
• Back and Sides: Cocobolo
• Top: Alpine Spruce
• Nut and Saddle: Bone
• Scale length: 25 1/2" (648mm)
• Nut width: 1 3/4" (44mm)
• Lower Bout: 14 9/16" (370mm)
• Upper Bout: 10 3/4" (272mm)
• Waist: 9 1/4" (233mm)
• Tailblock Depth: 3 15/16" (100mm)
Ships with Hiscox LiteFlite 5-latch case
- Every US order is shipped free. It does not matter the size, weight, or value of the shipment. It all ships free to any US ZIP code. This includes Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico.
If you choose not to keep this guitar for any reason, we will pay for you to ship it back to us. For more details, visit our Shipping and Returns page.
Please note that because of the Cocobolo in this guitar, we cannot ship it to overseas addresses.