Australian jazz guitarist Frank Gambale has teamed up with Cort Guitars to produce the world’s first artist signature model acoustic guitar featuring Australian blackwood.
Unveiled at the Winter NAMM Show in January 2016 the Frank Gambale Signature Model is a concert body shaped acoustic guitar. This model features a solid Adirondack spruce top, a flamed blackwood back and sides, a mahogany neck, an ebony fingerboard featuring a custom inlay, an ebony bridge, gold tuners, and a 43mm nut. Each Frank Gambale Signature Model is equipped with LR Baggs EAS-VTC EQ onboard electronics.
Developed in conjunction with legendary guitarist Frank Gambale, this is a true signature model in that the artist had a great deal of input on each detail of the guitar. Ideal for high-speed soloing, this innovative acoustic-electric guitar also features custom wooden rosette and custom fingerboard inlay designed by Frank Gambale himself. This is a truly unique acoustic guitar as envisioned by a true guitar legend.
Frank Gambale has spent nearly four decades playing, writing, recording, performing, and teaching. His sweep-picking technique revolutionized guitar playing and continues to inspire generations of musicians in all genres.
Here’s a video review:
The Cort distributor in Australia has advised “it will be a little while before we can get our hands on it here in Australia”. I’ll keep readers informed.
Cort Guitars has been steadily increasing its use of Australian blackwood on a range of models including acoustic guitars and basses, and ukuleles. This signature model guitar throws Australian blackwood well and truly onto centre stage.