Luthier: Rob Clarke (South Australia)
Model: Concert Classical Guitar.
Year: 2016 (This guitar was hand crafted by Rob in 2016 and was never placed for sale to the open market due to Rob’s retirement. It has now had a complete new coat of polish and is as new)
Top: Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides: Flame Figured Tasmanian Blackwood (Rare)
Internal Top Bracing: Traditional
Rosette: Hand Crafted Inset
Finish: Light Oil Varnish
Tuners: The Reischl Mother of Pearl tuners for the Rob Clarke guitar are German tuners which were originally Landstorfer tuners. Landstorfer was the supplier to Herman Hauser. His tools were passed on to Reischl.
Sometimes I use words such as “beautiful” or “Stunning” or maybe even “wonderful” to describe the amazing concert guitars we receive from guitar makers across the globe. And I have to say, these are words which are said with sincerity and truth.
But now we have a guitar from South Australian Luthier, Rob Clarke, and I have to tell you – I am lost for words, as the words above will not even do this guitar justice. I think single words will not do it, it needs statements such as “out of this world” or “from another galaxy”
This guitar is contructed meticulously from the most attractive Flame Tasmanian Black Wood & Red Western Cedar and has all the similarity in tonal qualities to that of an Ignacio Fleta combined with the guitars of Herman Hauser.
The seven fan struts are very old, very fine grained Western Red Cedar, which has been carefully split to preserve the very fine growth rings.
Very high quality and attractive Reischi MOP tuning machines.
This is a guitar for keeps…