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Southwest Professional

Professional ModelThe second model offered in the Sonora Guitars line of classical guitars is the Southwest Professional model.      

As with the Southwest Traditional model, it is offered with either spruce or cedar for top wood.  Starting in 2014 the back and sides are first quality Honduras rosewood, a sonic equivalent of Brazilian rosewood.  The Professional model pictured on this page has a spruce sound board and Ovangkol sides and back. This model is also offered in either 650mm or 640mm scale length with a standard 52mm wide nut.  It is delivered in a hardshell case with lifetime warranty to the original owner.

The necks are either Spanish cedar or Mahogany with aged ebony fingerboards.  High quality German made Rubner tuning machines are used on all Sonora Guitars models.  The top is finished in a thin satin lacquer with the sides, back and neck protected with several coats of hard oil that provides a very natural look and feel. 

Ovangkol (African Rosewood)

Rubner tuning machines
Ovangkol (African Rosewood) Rubner Tunning Machines

Special features desired by some players are offered to make this the Professional model:  

The design feature available on this model are an elevated fingerboard and side sound ports.  The elevated fingerboard puts the fingerboard section over the body - frets 12 to 20 - up about 3/4" above the top surface for easier access to those higher notes.   See the photo of an elevated fingerboard on this page.  The sound ports help present the instrument's voice more clearly, directly to the player during performance.  Many of the finer concert instruments available today have these features.

Elevated Fingerboard
Sound Ports
Elevated Fingerboard
Sound Ports

The material feature offered to make this a Professional model will be the addition of Brazilian rosewood for sides and back.  Brazilian rosewood for sides and back has long been considered the premium wood for classical guitars and can cost an additional $1000 to 2000 from most guitar makers worldwide.  We offer it on this model closer to it's cost when it was originally purchased years ago.

Sonora Guitars Professional model with elevated fingerboard and side sound ports - $3900

Sonora Guitars Professional model with Brazilian rosewood sides and back - $4000

Sonora Guitars Professional model with Brazilian rosewood, elevated fingerboard and side soundports - $4200

The Professional model shown in photos on this page has a spruce top, Ovangkol sides and back, with an elevated fingerboard and side sound ports.