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Standard Body Styles:

H1900 – The 1900 style is a smaller bodied guitar designed for balanced tone and comfortable playing. The scale length is 25”. The neck joins the body at the 12th fret. Dimensions are: 14-5/16” Lower Bout B X 19-9/16” Body Length X 4-3/8” Depth.

H1910 – This is a Grand Concert Size Guitar well suited for both finger style and flat-picking. It can be provided with a long, 25.4”, or short 25” scale length. Body dimensions are: 15-1/4 Lower Bout X 19-3/8 Body Length X 4-1/4 Depth. The neck joins the body at the 14th fret.

H1920 – This is a 12-Fret Dreadnought. With the neck joining the body at the 12th fret and a body even larger than its 14-fret cousin, the 1920 offers unparalleled balance, tone, and dynamic range. It is suited to a wide variety of playing styles. Body dimensions are: 15-7/8 Lower Bout X 20-15/16 Body Length X 4-7/8 Body Depth. The scale length is 25.4”.

H1930 - The 1930 is the classic Pre-War Dreadnought style with a 14 frets clear of the body. It is lightly scallop-braced for tone and projection. It speaks with authority. Body dimensions are: 15-7/8” Lower Bout X 19-15/16” Body Length X 4-7/8” Depth.

H1940 – With a tighter waist and jumbo body size, this guitar has the power of a dreadnought and the balance of a grand concert size guitar. With a 25.4” scale length and body voiced for full treble and vibrant bass, the 1940 will hold its own in most any setting. Body dimensions are: 15-7/8 Lower Bout X 20-1/16 Body Length X 4-7/8 Depth. It has 14 frets clear of the body.

Body Shapes


Woods - Think outside the traditional box and consider alternative domestic and exotic tone woods such as claro walnut, cherry, quarter-sawn white oak, zebra wood, bubinga, blood wood, figured koa, among others. Necks are typically made from mahogany, but other stable hard woods may be used such as cherry, walnut, and maple. Standard fretboards are made of ebony with options including rosewood, pao ferro, purple heart, wenge, bubinga, and other dense woods.

Neck Design - One of the factors that most significantly affects the feel and playability of a guitar is the way the neck fits in your hand. When ordering a custom instrument, the player has the unique opportunity to participate in the development of the neck width, depth, profile, and even fret width and height to achieve the ultimate in personalized comfort. Both solid and slotted pegheads are options. All Halliday guitars are built with adjustable reinforced necks, but the neck attachment can be bolt-on or set with a traditional hand-cut and fit dovetail if so desired.

Scale Length - Halliday acoustics come in standard 25.4" and 25.0" scale lengths, but alternate scales are available upon request.

Ornamentation - A radial pattern designed from maple and manzaita burl is the signature rosette for Halliday Guitars. Optional rosettes include herringbone rings, abalone, and mother of pearl inlay. Body and neck bindings can be customized to match or contrast with the body woods made from natural materials or traditional man-made materials such as ivoroid and synthetic toroise shell. Purflings of colored lines, herringbone, abalone, and mother of pearl are all available options. Fingerboard inlays are also available from traditional patterns such as dots, snowflakes, and diamonds to fully custom designs.

Hardware - Any high-quality tuning machines are available upon request. If so desired, a permanently installed pickup system may be installed. However, a passive system with external preamplification is highly recommended so as to not permanently alter the instrument with technology that will become obsolete.