Froggy Bottom Model S12

As a boy one of my Dad’s friends had a much travelled 1930’s Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe. It was a twelve fret mahogany bodied, Adirondack topped guitar that just floored me.

Years later those guitars in the hands of Norman Blake and Jackson Browne moved me even more, especially when I had an opportunity to try them myself.


That sent me on a fifteen year search for one of my own. These guitars are pretty scarce and much coveted. After trying over a dozen, I finally found one that I loved that was in great shape and available at a fair price.

After playing it for a couple years I was ready to see what we could do with a Froggy Bottom version of this unique instrument.


Now, some three years later, we offer the S-12. It’s a slope-shouldered Dread-type guitar with a short (25”) scale. An early version of Guatemalan Rosewood and Adirondack spruce, built in 2019 for one of our dealers drew the comment “The best rosewood guitar ever.”

It’s an old theme, with a modern Froggy Bottom twist, and we think it’s pretty special.

S12 Model Specs

Body Width:
Body Length:
20 1/4
Body Depth:
4 3/8
Scale Length:
Nut Width:
1 3/4” (variable at no charge)

Model S12 Prices

These prices reflect only the basic grade and wood choices for this model. Our price list has prices for specific custom options. Our current prices, effective March 1, 2023, are subject to change without notice.

Model S12 deluxe / limited
mahogany 9510 / 10,885
rosewood 9510 / 10,885
maple 11,335 / 11,710
walnut 11,270 / 12,645
koa 12,480 / 13,855