This is a gorgeous Dave Ball (Knoxville, TN) openback. I own two other of Dave's creations because I think he has a special and unique touch (both with the inlays and sound). This one is no different and it pains to part with it. Tons of gorgeous small touches, carved fifth ogee - subtle dart at peghead, obviously beautiful pearl engraving. The neck has co rods but this is a 'Pat-Pend' Ball design with a faux dowel stick. Eclipse style ring on screws. Sounds amazing. Elite Fibreskyn head, Rickard no-knot tailpiece. No case. 26" scale, short neck.