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We’ve been waiting with bated breath for this one to arrive! Here’s the latest and greatest from our newest Canadian builder, GR Bear of Vancouver, British Columbia. Bear’s larger SJ-C body conveys power and growl, and the unique Gidgee back and sides bring out a distinct woody timbre to the bass register; Lutz Spruce on top gives the trebles a bright, chimey flavor that really cuts through the mix. The fit and finish is flawless from tuner to tail, with a UV-cured Polyester finish for the body and neck, and Royal-Lac shellac top for maximum resonance.
The neck is satin to the touch, and a delight in hand. This one takes to both flatpicks and fingerstyle equally well, and we can’t wait to hear what it sounds like after it’s got some hours under its belt! Considering how much tone we’re getting right out of the gate today. Comes wrapped in a Calton flight case for safe keeping on those rare moments you aren’t playing it.
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|Spruce - Lutz, Gidgee
GR Bear, you can build us a guitar any day. This preowned 2019 OM is a phenomenal instrument with a surgically precise voice and elegant aesthetics. Highly figured Fiddleback Tasmanian Blackwood are paired with a salvaged Red Cedar top for clarity balanced with warmth; dialed in for the fingerstylist. The Cedar top here has a personal provenance from the builder himself: “ I went on a road trip to Haida Gwaii last year with my wife and son. One day my son and I were waking down the beach and I came across this massive cedar stump that had beautiful tight even grain and I thought I want some of that for tops! I asked the locals about salvaging some of the log and got permission from an indigenous Haida man to harvest what I could from the log. I rented a chain saw and loaded up our tiny Toyota Corolla for the 24hr drive home to Vancouver!”
A striking red Padauk bridge sets off the color of the top and Tasmanian Blackwood rosette. We love the stepped headstock and understated visual style. A soundport and hemispherical EVO fret ends rounds out the image. Bear utilizes a carbon falcate bracing scheme for the top, and the result is precision and power for days.
Other keywords: lutherie, luthier, guitarbuilding, orchestra model, fingerpicking, gotoh, hiscox
|Cedar, Blackwood - Tasmanian