The Northwest model is a synthesis of elements crafted to create the highest level of tone and playability. Every aspect has been carefully designed to inspire the highest level of musicianship.
The guitar is offered in a variety of wood combinations, including Sitka/East Indian Rosewood, Red Cedar/Walnut, and more, and can be customized with a full suite of options. Wood choice, rosette design, scale length, tuning machines, binding and purfling, inlay, headstock veneers, etc. can all be specified. All details relating to player setup (string spacing, action, fingerboard radius, string tension, etc.) are customized in conjunction with the voicing of the top to create the most responsive instrument for a players preference.
With materials and design deeply influenced by the Oregon forests, the concept of this instrument was to use only 2 local woods. Doug fir, with excellent tonal properties, is relatively unknown as a soundboard wood, and walnut is being more appreciated for backs and sides. Both are widely available in high quality. I wanted to establish for myself the viability of fir as a tonewood, and I was very pleased with the result. I can now recommend doug fir as a tonewood.
Visually, the challenge was to create aesthetically pleasing results with only two wood tones. Using marquetry, inlay, and lamination techniques I created trim to match the subtle look of the instrument. To top it all off, I created two inlays honoring the fir tree and the walnut branch.
This player wanted a simple beauty. We chose redwood and mahogany for their tonal properties, and I used trim that played on the simple contrast between these two beautiful wood species.
Similar to OM dimensions, the guitar was intended for fingerstyle, and so was voiced with balance and clarity in mind. The mahogany brings out a rich midrange warmth, so all that was needed was to bring out bass presence and focus treble clarity and sustain. The result is a responsive, balanced instrument with a wide dynamic range.
Includes custom fitted Ameritage case.
This instrument was custom built for a sophisticated player, appointed with details commemorating his work as an aviator. With joint problems in the wrist, this player needed an instrument responsive to the lightest touch. Built very lightly, it is strung with a very high quality set of Thomastik-Infeld strings, which are flatwound and fiber wrapped at the ends, like cello strings.
The soundboard was made using salvaged redwood, with a bloodwood, cocobolo and maple mosaic inlay. The cocobolo for the back and sides created an incredibly resonant soundbox. The fingerboard inlays are based on antique aircraft propellers and airforce insignia. The initals in the headstock are of the owner.