Working with Chuck Johnson of Apple Music, the customer chose a beautiful piece of cocobolo with sapwood and paired it with a Sitka spruce top. Sapwood is the living, softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood and generally is lighter in color than the heartwood. A koa binding completes the aesthetic by defining the edges of the top, back, sides and neck. A personal inlay of an Om symbol completes the look at the 12th fret.
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 – Sitka Spruce
Sitka spruce, picea sitchensis, originates in the Northwest region of the United States. Sitka spruce has been the primary top wood for U.S.A. instruments for many decades. It is strong and light with extended harmonic content, and nearly equals the power of Adirondack. The tone profile is a strong, focused tone with a solid fundamental — perfect for flatpicking styles. Usually takes a slightly longer period of playing time to open up. When compared with Eurpean spruce, Sitka delivers warmer, more fundamental sound, largely free of overtones. It has a straight uniform grain and coloration ranges from white to pink to light brown.
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.