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Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar  

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  • Silver Creek

    A fingerpicker's dream!

    The Silver Creek T-170 Rosewood Auditorium Acoustic Guitar features a solid spruce top with solid rosewood back and sides. The traditional auditorium body size and wider fingerboard make it ideal for finger-style playing. The T-170 guitar also features a rosewood headstock overlay with a beautiful vase inlay and chrome tuners. Silver Creek guitars feature the same quality materials and construction found on many high-end guitars but without a high-end price.

    Features

    • Body Style: Auditorium
    • Top: Solid Spruce
    • Back & Sides: Solid rosewood
    • Neck: Mahogany
    • Scale Length: 24.9"
    • No. of frets: 20, open 14
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Fingerboard Inlays: Mini Dots
    • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood
    • Headstock Inlay: Silvercreek logo with Flower & Vase Inlay
    • Nut width: 1-3/4"
    • Neck width at body: 2-3/8"
    • String spacing at saddle E-E: 2-5/16"
    • Binding: White with Black/White Purfling
    • Rosette: Ringed
    • Bridge: Rosewood
    • Width at Upper Bout: 11-3/8"
    • Width at Lower Bout: 15-1/4"
    • Maximum Depth: 3-7/8"
    • Finish: Gloss
    • Tuners: Chrome

    This is an outstanding fingerpicking guitar value backed by our dual guarantees. Order today.

     
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    Silver CreekT-170 Acoustic Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 49 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This guitar is simply amazing.

    Truly a joy to play.
    Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
    It is not a Martin from a fit and finish...Read complete review

    Truly a joy to play.
    Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
    It is not a Martin from a fit and finish perspective. But the playability, volume and tone are all out of proportion to the meager price.
    I bought the 170 to go with my 160. I may buy another pair just because. I spent a few happy minutes with an Eric Clapton version Martin and the playability, volume and tone are scarily similar to the Silver Creeks. This is an astonishing amount of bang for the buck.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not for me

    I ordered this hoping it would be a nice guitar to haul around with me. It had various cosmetic imperfections under the finish and my wife said it sounded worse than my 1966 Stella...Read complete review

    I ordered this hoping it would be a nice guitar to haul around with me. It had various cosmetic imperfections under the finish and my wife said it sounded worse than my 1966 Stella parlor guitar. I was prepared to keep it and let the glue cure (it smelled a great deal) and wait for the wood to open up a bit over time, but the intonation on the low E was off just enough that no amount of saddle shaping would have fixed it well enough for me. Musiciansfriend.com easily took it back.
    I've played Martin 000-28EC guitars before, but this T-170 had nothing in common with those guitars from a sound perspective. I think the L series Yamaha guitars are a better bet in this price range even with the laminate back and sides.
    I bought it for the 1.75" nut, small body and slightly short scale
    A lot of runout. No bookmatching on the back. Grain imperfections on the top. Poor intonation on the low E string.
    A poorly intonated guitar is not worth any amount of money to me.

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    Not for me

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I ordered this hoping it would be a nice guitar to haul around with me. It had various cosmetic imperfections under the finish and my wife said it sounded worse than my 1966 Stella parlor guitar. I was prepared to keep it and let the glue cure (it smelled a great deal) and wait for the wood to open up a bit over time, but the intonation on the low E was off just enough that no amount of saddle shaping would have fixed it well enough for me. Musiciansfriend.com easily took it back.
    I've played Martin 000-28EC guitars before, but this T-170 had nothing in common with those guitars from a sound perspective. I think the L series Yamaha guitars are a better bet in this price range even with the laminate back and sides.
    I bought it for the 1.75" nut, small body and slightly short scale
    A lot of runout. No bookmatching on the back. Grain imperfections on the top. Poor intonation on the low E string.
    A poorly intonated guitar is not worth any amount of money to me.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    T-170... yes.

    By cgraham

    from Texas

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I wanted a guitar that I could take to festivals... in other words, a "knock-around" guitar that I wasn't willing to make my Martin JC. I wanted an OM/000 guitar anyway, so for $250 a solid-wood guitar that fits those features is wonderful.This is a blend between a 000 and an OM that spec-for-spec is the same as the Martin 000-28EC (Eric Clapton) - either a short-scale OM or a wide-nut 000. I've had this guitar for about a month, and while it's obviously no EC model, it's phenomenal value.Out of the package, it will need a setup - the nut was basically a solid block and the intonation was all out of whack. Even an extra $50 for that invested in this guitar is completely worth it. I put a Tor-tis 50's vintage OM pickguard and a JP armrest on mine, and it's about the most playable guitar you could ever have. For $250? A steal.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This guitar is simply amazing.

    By Tim McCord

    from Texas

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    Truly a joy to play.
    Lightly constructed for responsiveness. The fretboard is perfect for me for finger style play.
    It is not a Martin from a fit and finish perspective. But the playability, volume and tone are all out of proportion to the meager price.
    I bought the 170 to go with my 160. I may buy another pair just because. I spent a few happy minutes with an Eric Clapton version Martin and the playability, volume and tone are scarily similar to the Silver Creeks. This is an astonishing amount of bang for the buck.

    Comment on this review

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Rob H.-GAh9A

    from Kentucky

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I got my T-170 about a month ago, thought I would wait a while before I gave review. I was afraid to order it at first because everyone says its a great fingerstyle guitar. I do not play finger style! I play with a pick so was a little worried it would not sound well. I was wrong! I use martin .50 picks and changed the strings to martin 80/20 bronze medium guage. and done no set up work at all.This little guitar sounds great it is as loud as some dreads I have owned. I am very happy with this guitar, It came to me perfect not a scratch or blemish. I will keep this guitar for life!I already owned the silver creek D-160 and knew I would be gettong a great guitar. So if you are a light picker do not be afraid to buy this guitar. It responds beautifuly to being picked. And how could you beat the price for an all solid wood guitar? you won't!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible

    By Chumbucket

    from Oregon

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    Its an incredible guitar. I simply cannot get over how this guitar sounds for the price i bought it for. I can understand hesitancy at buying a new guitar, as it is a huge commitment, but I really don't think you can go wrong with this guitar. It looks great (the yellow top is not too yellow), and it sounds absolutely incredible. A little bridge sanding and some new strings and this guitar really does compare to low end solid wood martins in my opinion. If you are looking for an incredible guitar for very little money, this is it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    How cool is this guitar????

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I purchased this guitar about a week ago and it sounds really sounds as good as a martin. I say this because I've played Martin guitars and some of them sound like heaven, and some sound really dead and muffled. This guitar needs to be setup, but I've heard so many people complain about the action being high and the saddle or nut being plastic. I can spend $100.00 extra dollars to get a new saddle and nut with a set up included. Guys this is an amazing guitar. I'm very picky when it comes to sound and resonance and right out of the box this guitar sounded like an American made high quality guitar. Did I mention this guitar is simply beautiful. Please don't listen to people who complain about the setup because I really believe they are looking for a reason to complain. But don't believe me, try it for yourself and I think you'll see what some of us have come to know about this guitar.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    best guitar ever

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    read the title its true i got this for christmas and wow i love it its claptons guitar but better priced three things you need to do one is change the strings to ernie balls mediums two is get graph tech tusq nut and saddle fully compensated and get graph tech tusq bridge pins thats all you need to do enjoy playing.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

    By Gitfiddle42

    from Wa. state

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought the t 170 used for 199.00 I lucked out and got a pro setup beautiful guitar. I cannot believe the sound quality and good looks of this guitar If I would have spent 3 times as much I would still feel like I got a good deal.You can own a wonderful guitar for less $ than a month of fast food and coffee.WOW

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Value Around

    By Steely Glen

    from Las Vegas. NV

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    I bought this guitar based on the praise of others at the Acoustic Guitar Forum. I wanted a small "couch guitar" good for finger picking. I was first surprised by the finish on this guitar: clean and flawless. The solid wood is of rather high quality for the price. I did some basic set up work to bring the action down and put medium strings on it and now it is really a winner.

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    5.0

    T-170

    By Watchdogg

    from Austin

    Comments about Silver Creek T-170 Acoustic Guitar:

    Bought mine on special for $199.00 which is a heck of a deal for a solid wood guitar. It has turned out to be exactly what I hoped for, a very nice sounding 000 rosewood guitar. I had to do setup work, the top e was sitting on top of nut and action way high, but after some nut filing, bridge sanding, fret polishing and truss rod tweaking plays very nice. Tuners are a tad weak,finish, fit very good. The only negative thing I can say is this guitar does not have that beautiful rosewood smell I was hoping for. Martin ec-000 it is not but a good solid wood player for the money it is. Also bought the case which no longer includes a hygrometer, and although not a true flight case (tad flimsy) a good deal and fit for this guitar.

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