Handmade from the finest select woods and materials

Acoustic Archtop Guitars

by Southern California Luthier

Tad R. Brown

CC Gold

CC Gold

  • Adirondack Red spruce top
  • Red or sugar maple back and sides
  • Rosewood or African Blackwood appointments
  • All maple bindings
  • Smooth edges with arm & rib contours
  • All wood bridge & saddle
  • Signature f-holes
  • 1 piece or 3 piece maple & rosewood neck
  • Stainless steel frets
  • Waverly tuners
  • Harmonically tuned tailpiece
  • Charlie Christian pickup with full cobalt magnet harness
  • 15 1/2″ body, 3″ – 3 1/2″ sides, 25.4″ scale, 1 3/4″ nut
  • Powerful rich clean tone with huge dynamic range
  • Lightweight and highly responsive, 5 lbs 2oz

I’m absolutely blown away by the rounded lines on this guitar Tad! Also, the depth of the back is just stunning to look at and no doubt serves an important acoustic function. I believe your guitars are going to become iconic, heirloom, masterpieces in — yet beyond the tradition of D’. An evolution of modern archtop Guitar. Just finished another hour and a half of playing blues, two octave, arpeggio forms all over the neck and various harmonic voice leading. Such a musical clear voice this instrument has. This is very likely the most perfect instrument I’ve ever played. Every note rings like a bell, and the intonation is amazing all over the neck.


Hey Tad, I just bought one of your guitars, the CC Gold that you custom-made for Paul Huemiller at Dream Guitars. I’m a follower of Sean McGowan; I think he’s a great jazz player, and found out about your guitar online, and found out that Paul had one being made… I think it’s an absolutely gorgeous instrument! I just wanted to thank you for making such a great jazz archtop guitar. I love the Cc pickup. I was looking for a Charlie Christian pickup for a jazz archtop guitar, and this is just magnificent. I think it’s absolutely beautiful sounding, and the quality of workmanship is AMAZING.

John Kime