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On the bench now: Zircote and western red Cedar modéle encore
Another fascinating veneer flitch provides the foundation for the latest luthier driven project.
Details and specifications below Gallery. Estimated completion May 2022.
Native to Mexico and Central America, this tropical hardwood has gained wide acceptance in the custom guitar community for its rich sound and extraordinary look. The strong black lines woven through a green/grey background give the wood the look of a stratified landscape. A hint of sapwood on the back and sides adds crisp contrast.
This guitar is a Modéle Encore and uses 3-ply laminated construction for the back and sides. The soundboard is Western Red Cedar, prized for its richness both in colour and tone and its maturity. The guitar will be bound in a deluxe Koa binding and has a grafted African Mahogany neck.
From the Archives: Spalted Chen chen Modéle Encore
Inspired by a remarkable veneer flitch, this guitar promises to be one of the most striking guitars I've built.
Details and specifications below gallery.
Chen Chen (Antiaris toxicaria) is an African hardwood. Often referred to as 'white sapelle' the material is usually appreciated for its homogenous white colour and ribbony lustre. In the case of this veneer, the tree would have been exposed to a fungus during its life cycle triggering a process called spalting resulting in the extraordinary dark lines and shift in pigmentation.
This guitar is a Modéle Encore and uses 3-ply laminated construction for the back and sides. The soundboard is torrefied Sitka spruce with the traditional 'pliage' construction behind the bridge. The guitar is bound in a deluxe torrefied maple binding and will have a grafted torrefied maple neck.
Every Park Guitar is a tasteful balance between authenticity and subtle originality, an instrument that is both a classic and a unique expression.