A true elegant looking, excellent sounding parlor guitar. Made of all solid woods, the Paramount features art deco design elements of classic vintage guitars including checkerboard binding and rosette, pickguard shape, and abalone and mother-of-pearl “Concert Tone” fretboard inlays. More than looks, this small bodied beauty has a tone that’s not at all boxy and although a parlor will never boom like a dreadnought, the bass notes are clear and well balanced. Plugged in you’ll enjoy the new Fender/Fishman PM preamp which was specially voiced for each body shape in the series. Controls are simply volume, bass, treble, with separate controls for the built-in tuner. Woods are all solid including Sitka spruce top, East Indian Rosewood back and sides, ebony fretboard, mahogany neck, ebony bridge and ebony headstock overlay. The body features a quartersawn Scalloped “X” bracing and the finish is gloss all over. The Deluxe parlor is designed with freely vibrating, resonant tone in mind and you will immediately notice it. While most parlors are very mid-range heavy, this guitar is well balanced, especially for a small body. Other features include Bone nut and saddle, fast-playing “C”-shaped neck, bound fingerboard and single-ply tortoise shell pickguard. It includes two upgrades: real Grover Sta-Tite tuners installed (originals tuners included in the case) and brass bridge pins for enhanced tone and sustain. Cosmetically it’s in lovely shape with the only noteworthy aspect being an extra strap pin which is actually a better angle than the stock one. It has a brand new set of Elixir strings installed which sound superb on this model. There are still a few of these around, selling new for $999. Better yet, this barely used one with upgraded tuners and bridge pins for just $579. Includes original hardshell case and key.