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Whenever Linda Manzer is involved, you know the instrument in question is going to have an interesting story. This white beauty, naturally, carries an impressive history within its' pearly body. In 1989 Linda was commissioned to build this guitar for a man's lover, and it was to have no black anywhere on the guitar. Instead, The OM was to be white and red (hence Indian Rosewood for the back, sides, bridge, and fingerboard) with a Sitka Spruce top. Unfortunately, by the time Linda finished applying the last coats of white paint and let the lacquer cure, the man's lover had left him. From there, this White Rose, as we've taken to calling it, has travelled the globe for several decades, until landing here at Dream Guitars.
Built with a woman's hands in mind, this OM has a narrow neck (1 5/8" at the nut), and feels very comfortable for anyone with smaller hands. The voice is spectacularly balanced, with a meaty middle register that really rings out with a flatpick. With age, the white paint has reacted with the oils in the Indian Rosewood to create orange-brown streaking across the sides and headstock--a unique manifestation of the vintage process!
Whenever Linda Manzer is involved, you know the instrument in question is going to have an interesting story. This white beauty, naturally, carries an impressive history within its' pearly body. In 1989 Linda ...read full descriptionArtists who play instruments by this builder: Pat Metheny, Carlos Santana, Bruce Cockburn, Susan Crowe, Doug Macaskill, Stephen Fearing, Scott Chinery
"Part of the magic of amazing instruments are the stories that they bring with them. Once Linda filled us in on the White Rose, I knew we'd stumbled onto a truly one-off instrument. I love how the rosewood oils have come through in the streaking on the sides. The voice has opened up nicely since 1989, and I'm impressed by how well this guitar has aged; it's in pretty great shape." - Paul Heumiller
"A one-of-a-kind Linda Manzer creation from way back when. This is designed for someone with very small hands. The string spread is narrow and the neck profile is small, so it may be perfect for someone looking for that. How often do you find a collectible instrument like this that is designed for smaller people? The addition of its unusual color scheme makes it a real art piece among luthier built guitars. Check it out." - Al Petteway