Paul Berger Custom Dreadnought

ARC-00350

This gorgeous dreadnought was built by Paul Berger in 2006 and features a gorgeous three-piece Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Spruce top that has developed a truly gorgeous patina since its built. In the style of the vintage pieces the guitar pays homage to, this instrument has a bold and assertive voice, with plenty of power and projection throughout its range it sits perfectly under a vocal or as the driving centerpiece of the music being made. The guitar plays smooth and comfortable through each register with fantastic note separation and clarity. The build quality throughout the guitar is truly fantastic and it has clearly been loved and taken care of. This instrument comes in its original hardshell case. Order now!

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This gorgeous dreadnought was built by Paul Berger in 2006 and features a gorgeous three-piece Indian Rosewood back and sides with a Spruce top that has developed a truly gorgeous patina since its built. In the style of the vintage pieces the guitar pays homage to, this instrument has a bold and assertive voice, with plenty of power and projection throughout its range it sits perfectly under a vocal or as the driving centerpiece of the music being made. The guitar plays smooth and comfortable through each register with fantastic note separation and clarity. The build quality throughout the guitar is truly fantastic and it has clearly been loved and taken care of. This instrument comes in its original hardshell case.

Paul Berger Custom Dreadnought Features

  • 2006 Paul Berger (1936-2015)
  • Three-piece Indian Rosewood back and sides
  • Spruce top
  • Ivoroid binding on the body and fretboard
  • 28-style herringbone top purfling and rosette
  • Tortoise color pickguard
  • Mahogany neck with diamond volute
  • Ebony fretboard
  • 45-style snowflake inlay on the fretboard
  • 1-23/32" nut width
  • bone nut
  • Rosewood peghead overlay with abalone torch inlay
  • nickel Waverlys
  • Ebony belly bridge with bone drop-in saddle
  • white pins with black dots
  • Original Hardshell Case

 

Paul Berger Backstory

This is Paul Berger, member of an elite fraternity of luthiers, or guitar builders, who build world-class acoustic guitars.

And he does it all from the front half of his tiny, nondescript St. Augustine home.

Shannon Ogden: "Tell me some of the guitars that came across your workshop."

Berger: "So many of them. New Christie Minstrels, Beach Boys, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard."

He left out Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Waylon Jennings, Hank Junior, Roy Clark, Porter Wagner, Ricky Nelson, Peter, Paul and Mary, even Elvis.

"I just love music and love the people in it. I mean, I love doing it. It's not stressful. It's a natural thing to me, you know," Berger said.

Fifty years ago, Berger, then a cabinet-maker, landed a coveted job at guitar maker C.F. Martin and Company in his native Nazareth, Penn. Martin guitars are now and were then arguably the best acoustic guitars in the world.

It turns out Berger was very good at fixing and building guitars.

In 1972, poor health forced him to leave Martin for Florida, where he found a climate good for his lungs and for building and selling his own high-end guitars, which he has done ever since.

In his 50th year as a luthier, he still puts in at least 40 hours a week in his living room workshop, building 10 to 12 Berger guitars a year for rock luminaries like the guys in Aerosmith and the Eagles and serious amateurs on the First Coast and beyond.

Legendary bluegrass/folk artist Peter Rowan is a longtime Berger guitar player. In December, Rowan headlined a benefit concert in St. Augustine to raise money for Berger's medical bills.

Berger started in the business in 1963, working for C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, before moving to central Florida in the 1970s and later to St. Augustine on the suggestion of folk legend Gamble Rogers.

At Martin, Berger was an accomplished builder and repairman who built or fixed guitars for artists such as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Arlo Guthrie and many more.

Gainesville musician Joseph Saccocci said he met Berger after he had moved to St. Augustine and was amazed by his capabilities. He said Berger specialized in pre-World War II guitars, which he said Berger thought were the best instruments Martin made.

Berger was so revered at Martin that he was allowed to build his own guitars to the same specifications as the company did. He just couldn’t use the company logo, Saccocci said.

 

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