Up for sale, a 2010s Headway HCG-RB parlor acoustic guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order. Founded by master builder/luthier Yasuo Momose in 1977, Headway guitars were designed and built to be “guitars people can play for a lifetime.” Now part of the Deviser/Headway family of hand-crafted guitars built in Japan for Japanese markets and part of the Universe series, the Headway brand has maintained a standard of quality throughout the decades.
Despite its small stature, with 12 frets clear of the body and a 13 3/4” lower bout width, this guitar offers excellent projection and a round, authoritative sound. Tonewoods include an X-braced mahogany top, paired with mahogany back, sides and neck, capped with a thick slab rosewood fingerboard. The sound is punchy and clear, with a sweet growl in the midrange, and notable tonal breadth in the bass register. There’s a dry percussive cut when strummed with authority, and when fingerpicked, there’s a shimmering richness and delicate quality to the sound. Featherweight at 3lbs 12oz, this HCG-RB has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings, comfortable action and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register, measuring just .790” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 9th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and pristine medium frets that have plenty of meat and perfectly rounded crowns. The guitar plays easily in every register, with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The slotted headstock retains its open-gear strip tuners, which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the mahogany top on all edges, and the compensated saddle has ample height. The back features rosewood binding and matching heel cap, with maple and rosewood rope binding framing the top and soundhole. It’s extremely intricate and upscale inlay work for a modern parlor, indicative of Headway’s high bar for craftsmanship. Cosmetic wear on the satin body finish is limited to some light scuffing central to the waist on the back and a few very minor dings and scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is clean and smooth, save for a couple small, shallow marks.
A chipboard case is included.