Cole Clark is the “outsider” of the Australian commercial guitar world.
They are new(-ish), innovative and untraditional.
In this age when the acoustic guitar market seems to go from strength to strength, makers are exploring everything new and everything old in order to supply the ever-growing market. All-mahogany and all-koa guitars were popular in the 20’s and 30’s, and they have recently made a big comeback.
So the idea of an all-blackwood guitar seems pretty straight forward to me. It should become an Aussie classic model!
But until recently they have been one-off custom makes.
Now Cole Clark of Melbourne is offering a range of all-blackwood models.
This is farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood!
They are quite understated in appearance, which to my mind fails to capitalize on blackwoods natural beauty. But it’s a great beginning. I hope they sell well.
Here’s a recent review by Cranbourne Music.
I hope one day to write a story that begins at the farm and finishes with the performer/artist. That would be a great story!