Presenting the all new Beard DecoPhonic series Southside 137 Deluxe, this one custom done for us in Black with Texas Headstock Inlay.

Steeped in tradition, obsessed with innovation.

It may be easier to play it safe and just repeat something that has already been done, but it takes a different kind of person to blaze a trail into the unknown. Few time periods are more renowned for this type of free thinking and bold behavior than the prohibition era of the 1920’s and early 1930’s; a time that birthed some of the greatest guitars in existence. Their creation coincided with the rise of aviation, the repeal of prohibition, and the ratification of the 19th amendment which extended voting rights to women. The innovators of this time dared to think differently, to try new things, and fight back against the antiquated preconceptions that had defined their lives for so long. Call these people rebellious or call them crazy, but these are the few who first proved that men, women, and machines could fly.

Aesthetically, Beard's Deco Guitars are a shameless love letter to a time gone by. Their classic colors and familiar details strike a natural chord while the refined body shapes add a subtle yet fresh stylistic perspective. The soft, almost V-shaped necks and aged tuners pay homage to the well-loved instruments cherished by many. With so many traditional elements, it would be easy to write these classic instruments off as simple copies of the great guitars of yesterday.

Yet ask anyone who has played one, and they will tell you the difference. The thin flat-backed bodies are more compact and approachable for a wider number of players. The volume and projection is outstanding and noticeably disproportionate to a guitar of this size. The way each string comes alive with even the lightest touch is intoxicating and opens new sonic possibilities.

The Southside is the do-it-all guitar of the Deco lineup. Slightly larger than a Sidecar, the mid-size Beard “A” body shape is visually unique and still very comfortable to play. The solid spruce top with mahogany Aero bracing provides a rich, balanced sound that is incredibly even across the frequency range. If you are looking for a versatile go anywhere, do anything instrument, the Southside is it. As always, all Deco guitars are handmade in small batches in Hagerstown Maryland.

At the heart of every Deco acoustic guitar is Beard's innovative Aero Bracing. Spruce is the traditional material for acoustic guitar bracing. It is used because it is very light and has a decent amount of stiffness in proportion to its weight. However, spruce presents some challenges as well. It is extremely soft with inconsistent density, which makes it difficult to work, and it’s not actually a particularly stiff wood, which means the braces need to be relatively large to properly support the top. When designing the bracing for the Deco acoustic guitars, Beard knew they had to think outside the box in order to achieve their goals. Beard selected Mahogany as their material of choice for top bracing. It has very high stiffness and very even density, but, is naturally slightly heavier than spruce. They compensated for this difference in weight by making the braces narrower and taller. Then they took a cue from aircraft design and carved out the inside of the braces to maintain stiffness and reduce the weight even further. This type of complex shaping would never be possible with spruce. What we ended up with were braces that have the same or higher stiffness than traditional spruce braces, with noticeably reduced weight. The entire set of mahogany braces for a Sidecar model can weigh as little as 15 grams. This noticeably impacts the volume and projection of the guitar, as well as the responsiveness and touch sensitivity of the strings.
The Guitar Sanctuary

The Guitar Sanctuary

Brand New
10 Years
The Guitar Sanctuary
Brian Meader
McKinney, TX
6:14 AM
Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 6pm

We accept all major credit cards (orders must ship to the billing address of the cardholder or authorized ship-to address for their account), PayPal (shipped to a PayPal confirmed delivery address), Financing through Blispay, Wire Transfer in advance in US Funds, or COD (Cashier's Check only).

We ship most any order placed before 3pm CDT Tuesday through Friday the same day. Orders placed Saturday-Monday will ship the following Tuesday. For new products we will only ship to delivery addresses within the United States. Most pedals are shipped via Priority Mail. Guitars and Amplifiers are shipped via UPS Ground. Other shipping methods are available. Please contact prior to placing your order for shipping cost quotations to your delivery address.

The Guitar Sanctuary does accept returned items as long as arrangements are made for such within 48 hours of purchase/receipt. Returned items MUST be in the original condition and packing (including owner’s manual, un-used warranty card, any other items that came with the item) in order to qualify for a refund. No refunds are available for “special” ordered guitars or amplifiers (items that were not in stock, but rather ordered per the customers request. The customer is responsible for all freight charges and credit card processing fees incurred in the course of the sale. We cannot refund freight charges. The Guitar Sanctuary will charge a 20% restocking fee for returned effects pedals and amplifiers and a 10% restocking fee for Guitars. The only exceptions are for products that are defective.  Please only purchase an item after you are certain it is right for you! Layaway: You can lay-a-way any product for a maximum of three months. Lay-a-way requires a 25% non-refundable deposit. We will not be able to ship the item until it is paid for in full and as a lay-a-way purchase, does not qualify for the 48 hour approval policy. International Sales: We can ship most guitars and other products internationally. We prefer money orders, cashier’s checks, or bank wire transfers in U.S. dollars. Shipping quotes are only valid for 48 hours. Please consult with your local officials about taxes, duties, currency exchange rates, etc.