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2004 Manzer "The Bear," Koa/German Bearclaw

Regular Price: $17,495

Special Price (Sale) $16,990 $16,495

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Status
In Stock
Brand
Manzer, Linda
Product Year
2004
Model
Wedge
Serial #
10253
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP967
Condition
Practically new
Body Type(s)
Medium, Grand Concert
Back & Sides
Koa
Top
Spruce - German
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Abalone
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ebony
Fret Markers
Mother of Pearl Side Dots, Bear Claw and Berries
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Custom
Body Bindings
Ebony
Tuners
Schaller
Tuner Finish
Gold Engraved
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 in
Upper Bout
11.25 in
Lower Bout
15.375 in
Body Depth Heel
4 in
Body Depth Tail
4.375 in
Scale Length
25.625 in
Scale Length (mm)
651 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 8 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Calton Flight Case
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Description

To celebrate 25 years in the business, Linda Manzer built “The Bear” archtop, a stunning feat of Bearclaw Spruce and Maple with Kermode bears inlaid into the headstock. However, this wasn’t the only Bear she built! Linda also built a flattop version of “The Bear” for a client—making this the steel string twin to the original archtop Bear. Naturally, the top is a powerful set of Bearclaw German Spruce, and Manzer paired that with tightly flamed Koa for the back and sides, Her Manzer Wedge body, matching inlays of Kermode bears on the headstock, and the claws of a bear inlaid into the fretboard, reaching out for some berries. The fanciest gold etched "gold bug" Schaller tuners we’ve ever seen, fossilized ivory bridge pins, and a colorful Abalone, Purpleheart, and Boxwood rosette round out the beatific package.


The voice of this Manzer is very balanced, with a midrange that errs on the side of dry, and a well-defined bass to keep the bottom end crisp and responsive. Thanks to Linda’s wedge-shaped body, there’s quite a lot of space in the air chamber, which makes for great projection and sheer volume, which is sustained even with a light attack. In excellent shape, this one-of-a-kind Manzer Bear flattop comes to you with nary a scratch, except the raking claws of the bear inlaid into the fretboard, of course.


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The bear inlay was the theme of Linda’s 25th anniversary archtop guitar. Here was a special request that she recreate it on this amazing Koa and German Spruce Manzer flattop model. This is an OM size guitar that has clarity for days, records perfectly, and is very comfortable to hold. A supreme example from a supreme maker.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 25.625 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
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To celebrate 25 years in the business, Linda Manzer built “The Bear” archtop, a stunning feat of Bearclaw Spruce and Maple with Kermode bears inlaid into the headstock. However, this wasn’t the only Bear she built!
 

The bear inlay was the theme of Linda’s 25th anniversary archtop guitar. Here was a special request that she recreate it on this amazing Koa and German Spruce Manzer flattop model.
 
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