On instruction from international classical guitarist Craig Ogden.
Luthier: Rob Clarke (South Australia) Concert Classical Guitar.
Top: Western Red Cedar
Back & Sides: Tasmanian Blackwood
Rosette: Hand Crafted Inset
Tuners: Nicolo Alessi
Finish: Oil and Polyurethane Varnish
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 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”
Each guitar was crafted using the very finest grade woods and in particular mainly using the Tasmanian Blackwood – as many luthiers do in Australia. Rob built on the plans and inspiration of Herman Hauser and it clearly shows in this guitar.
This particular guitar is Rob’s finest, according to him and many, as it was built with dedication to his wife Elizabeth and with respect to the Australian Artis Pro Hart who sadly passed away as this guitar was built in 2006.
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 Nicolo Alessi tuning machines.
One may think that Rob is unknown but in fact he has just been hiding out enjoying his retirement and recently a new wave of interest has come in search of his wonderful concert guitars.
This is a guitar for keeps.