1997 Musser Dreadnought. SN 173. Guitar Database.

Musser | Dreadnought | 1997 | SN:173

1997 Musser Dreadnought guitar. SN 173. Guitar Database.

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Luthier Facts :
Name: Don Musser
Location: Colorado

Wait list: Unknown
Taking Orders?: Yes, standard & customs
RIYL: Don combines traditional construction techniques with modern playability and tone.
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1997 Musser Dreadnought guitar. SN 173. Guitar Database.


  • Model: Dreadnought
  • Serial no: 173
  • Year: 1997
  • Top:  Colorado Blue Spruce
  • Back and sides: Indian Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Purfling: Line
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16″
  • String Spacing: 2 1/8″
  • Scale: 25.4″
  • Body Length: 19 7/8″
  • Lower Bout: 15 5/8″
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/8″


  • 1997 Musser  Dreadnought guitar. SN 173. Guitar Database.Don Musser is a Colorado based wood dealer who also builds sought after guitars. His clientele includes Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eddie Van Halen and Tom Rush. His guitars often features the very best tonewoods and offers a uniquely balanced yet responsive tone.

    Jim at Bigjimsguitars, where this guitar was previously for sale, had this to say:”The details are that it has a Colorado Blue Spruce Top, East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, Brazilian Rosewood Bridge and Headstock Overlay.  Blue Paua (Abalone) Rosette, Maple Binding and what’s unusual for a Musser is the Torch headstock Inlay and Sharp Cutaway. It also has an under the saddle pickup.

    Don noted that he has only made a few with a Cutaway in all of the 265 total Guitars he has made to date and he’s been at if for 30 years!!!

    Don primarily is a wood dealer who supplies the other boutique guitar makers with their tonewood, but holds back the best for his instruments and this one is a good example of that. The tone is to die for and then die again!

    It’s so rich, creamy, clear, loud and sweet that I get that fuzzy feeling each and every time I play her and I’m sure that the next owner will as well. Don also uses Pre-Ban Elephant Ivory for the Nut and Saddle and the Saddle is properly compensated to assure outstanding intonation up and down the neck. The neck is nice and straight and the frets are in great shape.

    The action is low and without issues. It’s a 10 year old Musser that has time to open up a bit and is in EX+ shape as it does have a couple of  pick scratches above the sound hole that could easily be rubbed or buffed out, otherwise a very clean instrument. .”

    1997 Musser  Dreadnought guitar. SN 173. Guitar Database.

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    1997 Musser Dreadnought guitar. SN 173. Guitar Database.

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