Introducing the Showcase Series

In spite of the fact that we brought an unprecedented number of new guitar models to this year’s NAMM Show, the guitars that created the most buzz—poor choice of words but I’m trying to cut to the chase here—were the S&P Showcase Series guitars. Where all S&P models are now made with the compound-curve (CC) design, the Showcase Series take the concept a couple of steps further. To begin with, our very best solid spruce tops are chosen for these instruments. Each of these tops are graded according to weight and stiffness with only those that offer exceptional light weight and rigidity making it on to a Showcase model. The tops are supported by a super-light—but strong—species of Adirondack spruce. The new bracing is scalloped to tune the tops for maximum response. The Showcase guitars produce a rich/complex sound that virtually jumps out of the box with minimal coaxing. Dynamic range is excellent and these guitars work equally well performing a softly plucked ballad or bashing some rock out of them.

Simply put: these guitars are the best we have ever made!

The new Showcase models are :
SC Mahogany
SC Flame
SC Rosewood
SC Folk
SC CW Flame
SC CW Rosewood (shown)

All of the standard S&P models have also been updated with the CC top and the change is paying big dividends in the sound department here as well. Although every S&P is a ‘new model’ following the design change, most of them are updates of previous models. There are however a couple of completely new instruments in the lineup.

S&P CW Folk
For those of small stature, or players looking for a guitar that works beautifully for fingerstyle, or players simply interested in a really cool looking small bodied acoustic, have we got a guitar for you! We have been dreaming about a Cutaway Folk guitar for several years. In fact, we first prototyped a Folk CW about eight years ago—and loved it. But various other projects kept pushing the Folk CW off the agenda. Until now. The CW Folk is here and we’re having trouble keeping our hands off it. We could go on-and-on but for now here’s a picture. The CW Folks should start arriving in stores in March.

This guitar comes as a result of a fairly new process for us that is a super thin gloss lacquer finish on the top of the guitar only. The entire instrument is finished in genuine lacquer but the top finish is buffed to a high-gloss luster. The CW GT comes equipped with the new B-Band 3.2 system and TRIC case.

S&P CW Burst
The great thing about the S&P high gloss sunburst finish is that it stays true to the natural/earthy look of the rest of the S&P family but does so with a fair amount of flash. This guitar was previously available with and without electronics. However, everyone ordered it with the B-Band system so as in the CW GT, we have now packaged it with the new B-Band 3.2 system and TRIC case.

New Logo
Now that Simon & Patrick has a new voice we thought it might be nice to give them a new look as well. So we have a new logo and a new peg head design that features a maple veneer trimmed with a beveled cut to leave a natural highlight line. All of the new compound-curve (CC) models include the new headstock.