The Legend Guitar Company was formed in the latter days of 1998 by master luthiers Jeff Sigurdson, Michael Soper and Jesse Brace with the able assistance of business partner and renowned guitar broker, Robert Brown. Jeff, Michael, and Jesse bring nearly 40 years of combined experience in larger guitar shops to the design and building of their own handmade, high-end acoustic guitars. Their specific goal was to create vintage sounding instruments with the playability characteristic of more modern designs at a price that was within the reach of a much wider market. The combination, right off the rack, of silky playability coupled with a deliciously balanced response, a sensuously lingering resonance, as well as classic yet functionally rich beauty, makes these limited production instruments irresistible from first glance to first touch.
Legend continues to expand its model line with the introduction of the new Pre-War Era Series guitars. The first offering in this line is the all handmade D-102PW. This dreadnaught differs from their standard D-102 in that it employs certain design elements characteristic of the fine instruments manufactured by legendary builders prior to 1941. Specifically the guitar is puritan in appearance with a traditional black/white circular rosette. Small dot markers on the top and side of the fretboard lend well to its traditional appearance. Most notable however, is the special bracing pattern that gave those vintage instruments their incredible depth and power. Appointments such as a squared headstock and smaller pewter "Butterbean" open gear tuners finish off this functionally impressive, utilitarian design.
However The D-102 PW is not simply a knock-off of an historical design. It encompasses the best of today's hand building techniques resulting in a finished instrument that resonates with overtones of the past but plays with the speed and agility that sets Legend instruments apart from most all other makers. The Indian rosewood back and sides are beautifully selected and coated with the rare (by today's standards) traditional nitrous finish.