During an annual custom-design event hosted by Chuck Johnson of Apple Music, the customer chose to build a guitar built for comfort, ease of playability, and impactful sound. The shallow concert body makes it easier to reach over the body to play the guitar, and the neck was built with a 1-11/16″ nut width to accommodate a smaller hand. The wood combination of bearclaw Sitka and cocobolo give the smaller body guitar a powerful voice. The guitar was personalized with a modified Sea Leaves inlay at the 12th fret and an aged toner top to bring out the bearclaw Sitka figure.
The Concert is our most popular body shape, favored by players because it is well-balanced, compact, comfortable to play, and offers all the qualities of a great sounding guitar. It generates a wonderfully articulate range of tone with an ample low end that is never boomy, but always felt. The Concert works well when played fingerstyle, as vocal accompaniment, or at a full strum.
Top – Bearclaw Sitka
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 – Cocobolo
Cocobolo, dalbergia retusa, originates in southern Mexico and Central America. Cocobolo is dark and dense, with a bright, clear, sustaining voice and a tone that is very similar to the best rosewood. It is considered the closest tonally and aesthetically to Brazilian rosewood. The tone profile provides a well-balanced tone with power, sustain and volume. It is responsive, with clear, slow-decaying harmonics and a well-articulated and complex low end. Similar to Brazilian rosewood it has a little less bass and more pronounced treble. The coloration is a rich brown-red with black streaks.