Western Red Cedar is a softer wood that has great warmth. Because of the warmth of cedar, it pairs very well with the human voice and is great for singer/songwriters. Cedar naturally amplifies quieter playing styles and is a favorite of fingerpickers.
Our goal with the Teton Jumbo was to make a more modern version of a jumbo but keep the big boomy sound that is a beloved characteristic of that body shape. We realized that most people don't like playing on a traditional jumbo. They are too big to be comfortable. Therefore, we started with this in mind. We made every dimension of the body smaller and made the waist even more pronounced, thus allowing the guitar to sit more naturally in a lap. However, when you shave body from a guitar you loose boominess so we had to adjust some of our bracing patterns to make up for this. We also made changes to the thickness of the top wood. These two changes provided strength for a larger surface area and increased tone and volume. The Teton jumbos really are in a class of their own.
I purchased this guitar yesterday and, so far, I have nothing but positive things to say. Aesthetically, the cedar top is very beautiful; the neck is comfortable and very smooth. The sound is incredibly crisp and loud. Tuning is easy and precise adjustments are simple to make. Because it’s new, I haven’t had a problem yet. It didn’t come with a pick guard but that’s not really a problem. Overall, beautiful guitar, great sound, fun and easy to play.
I attended the demo event here in Boise this afternoon. Although I have a bunch of nice guitars from the major brands (several currently for sale), this Jumbo was very hard to leave behind. Among others demoed, we got to hear and directly compare the cedar top/mahogany body in dreadnought, grand concert and jumbo sizes.
The dreadnought was typically bassy and boomy but in a pleasant and expected way. The grand concert tone was more articulate and focused. But the jumbo was just right — combing the focus and clarity of the GC with a nice low-end “oomph” without getting muddy or overwhelming. The jumbo sits very nicely on the lap and did not bother my injured shoulder the way a dreadnought does.
Tetons are all NICE guitars, very well made with a neck that feels and plays well, either fingerstyle or strummed. I only wish that it had been possible to buy guitars of this quality for this price when I started playing almost 40 years ago. Another guitar is the last thing I need these days, but this Jumbo may yet come home to me. It’s that good…..