During a visit to our Custom Design Center in Bend, Oregon, Jeff Looker of Acoustic Vibes in Tempe, Arizona, designed a Revival style 000/BCBR Cst. The figured bearclaw Sitka top is braced with Adirondack spruce to increase the powerful voice of the instrument while the highly figured Brazilian rosewood will add piano-like bass. To accentuate the lines of the guitar, the body and neck are bound with flamed koa, and a rope purfling adorns the top of the guitar and comprises the rosette. A Slotted Diamonds inlay decorates the fingerboard, and the peghead has fine Waverly open-back tuners. An aged toner brings out the figure of the bearclaw sitka and a teardrop pickguard protects the finish against heavy picking.
Top – Figured Bearclaw Sitka spruce
Bearclaw Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the Pacific Northwest, United States. It has a shallow, cross-grain curl that seems to increase cross-grain stiffness. Many luthiers feel that it enhances the tone and sustain of spruce. The figure in bearclaw is not actually caused by a bear clawing the tree. While the true cause of the figure is unknown, it is widely assumed to be caused by either genetic mutation or climactic stress. The tone profile is a strong, focused tone with strong fundamental which makes it perfect for flatpicking styles. Bearclaw Sitka spruce usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. It looks like a bear has clawed across the grain of the wood and is highly appreciated for its unique patterns, resulting in an eye-catching shimmer.
Back/Sides – Adirondack spruce
Adirondack (red) spruce, picea rubens, originates in eastern North America, ranging from eastern Quebec to Nova Scotia, and from New England south into the Adirondack Mountains and Appalachians to western North Carolina. Adirondack spruce has been the choice of bluegrass pickers for decades, and adds power to any guitar design. It is relatively heavy, with a high velocity of sound, and has the highest stiffness of all top woods across and along the grain. The tone profile has strong volume and pronounced individual note clarity with vintage sound. Responsive whether played softly or loudly and is well suited for fingerstyle, flatpicking, or rhythm playing. Adirondack (red) spruce has higher resonance and more complex overtones than Sitka. The coloration can vary from creamy white to light yellow with pronounced red grain lines.