Northwood R80-MJ

  • Northwood's rosewood mini-jumbo is a fantastic instrument: balanced, lush, and responsive. It was my primary instrument for many years, and after countless hours with this guitar in my hands, I can report that it really is all it is cracked up to be. It's a great strummer, great for open-tuned fingerstyle, easy to play, and easy to make sound good. The mahogany version of this guitar tends to emphasize fundamentals a bit more, while this model is stronger on the rosewood-y overtones. I recommend it without reservation.

    And, if you ever come by our Durango shop, I apologize in advance if the guitar has been left in Eb-Ab-Db-Eb-Ab-Eb tuning; this is still my favorite guitar in the entire world on which to play Ed Gerhard's "The Handing Down". Nothing else I've tried comes close.

  • • Back and Sides:  East Indian Rosewood
    • Top:  Engelmann Spruce
    • Nut and Saddle: Bone
    • Scale length:  25 1/2"
    • Nut width: 1 3/4"
    • Lower Bout:  16 1/4"
    • Upper Bout:  11 11/16"
    • Waist:  9.5"
    • Tailblock Depth: 4 11/16"

    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 we cannot ship rosewood guitars to overseas addresses.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
"The Evasive Tone"

I've owned and played countless guitars over my 50+ years of playing and chasing tone. Finally it's over with my purchase of what John accurately calls a primo guitar. You typically can't find this guitar in any music store to preview. Thanks to John's video, I was able to get a taste of what the M-80 sounded like. When John plucks down the open strings to the low E, that was all I needed to hear. Of course I was wondering if the guitar I ordered would sound the way I heard it in the video. Truthfully I must say it wasn't, IT WAS MUCH BETTER...!!! I play mostly accompaniment more so than chords, and every note is clear, well rounded and sustaining. When you do strike a chord, each note stands to attention with clarity within the chord. John suggested and put a set of John Pearse light strings on the guitar when he shipped it to me. I played that for a while and then changed to the New Mediums. Well, John made the right call once again, the lights I believe sound better. Purchasing any instrument online can be a scary endeavor, but there is a level of confidence that I have come to experience each time I work with John here at Shoreline. Thanks John and Thanks Northwood...!!!

Northwood R80 MJ

Northwood MJ guitars are amazing instruments! They are lightly built, extremely resonant, have a full bass tone - yet are balanced, and the workmanship is immaculate! In spite of the mini-jumbo shape, they are comfortable to hold - largely due to the small waist. And the C profile neck is one of the most comfortable I've come across. Would highly recommend!

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