A division of Circle Strings in Burlington, Vermont, Iris Guitar Company is a small team of highly-skilled and seasoned luthiers who are dedicated to building a modern instrument that captures vintage-inspired tone and aesthetics. Iris guitars are handmade using a combination of state of the art techniques and old-world craftsmanship.
The MS-00 was designed with mid-'30s small-body guitars in mind. It has a 14-fret body with slope shoulder a short scale (24-3/4"). The MS-00 was developed on the insistence of Mark Stutman of Folkway, for whom it’s named. Mark is a very talented luthier who is considered to be the expert in vintage Gibson guitars, which show clear influence on this model.
We ordered this MS-00 (serial #522) in Natural Finish with Ivoroid binding and a Tortoise pickguard. It features hand-scalloped Adirondack Braces, a Sitka Spruce Top, and Mahogany back and sides. It produces lively, small-body tone with impressive balance. It has a 1-11/16" nut width, and the string spacing is 2-7/32" at the bridge.
- Depth: 3-5/8” - 4-3/4”
- Body Length: 19-3/8”
- Total Length: 40"
- Upper bout: 10-3/16”
- Lower bout: 14-3/4”
- Waist: 10-1/2”
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Braces: Scalloped Adirondack Spruce
- Neck Joint: Bolt on Tortoise & Tenon
- Nut: Bone, 1-11/16" Spacing
- Saddle: Bone, 2-7/32" Spacing
- Scale Length: 24-3/4"
- Fingerboard & bridge: Indian Rosewood
- Top Binding: Ivoroid w/ Black/White/Black purfling
- Back Binding: Ivoroid
- Pickguard: Ivoroid
- Finish: Natural Nitrocellulose Satin
- Tuning Machines: Golden Age Relic Brass w/ off-white buttons
- Case: Hardshell by TKL