During an annual custom-build event lead by Chuck Johnson of Apple Music, the customer chose the classic C25 body shape built with a redwood top and walnut back and sides. To highlight the fine wood attributes of the instrument, he chose a maple binding with an abalone purfling on the top of the guitar and the fingerboard. The look was completed with the iconic Northwest Totem inlay on the fingerboard.
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 – Redwood
Redwood, sequoia sempervirens, originates in the coastal mountains of Northern California. Redwood is a dark, beautiful top wood favored by fingerstyle players who appreciate clear upper harmonic content. Sinker redwood comes from logs that were submerged in an oxygen-free environment, in the bottom of lakes or ocean waters, yielding darker, more striped, and often stiffer and lighter wood. The tone is bold, punchy, and crisp, with rich, strong overtones. It sounds like a cross between spruce and cedar. Coloration can range from a light pinkish brown to a deep reddish brown.
Back/Sides – Walnut
Walnut, juglans hindii, has a very even response curve. From the dramatic curly figure of claro walnut to the straight grain of black walnut, this tonewood offers a strong clear fundamental, with clear harmonics. First discovered by the English Botanist Richard B. Hinds in the Sacramento Valley, it is the favorite wood of many luthiers and has been described as “the mahogany of the rich.” With tight lows, strong mids, with fat, even treble tones and lots of sustain; it is warm and earthy with the overtone depth of rosewood the clarity of mahogany. Brighter than mahogany, but not quite as bright as maple. Coloration varies from black and orange contrasts to the usual chocolate walnut tones.