Top: Western Red Cedar (Sitka Spruce on Baritone)
Models: 410ce-FLTD, 412ce-FLTD, 412ce-N-FLTD, 414ce-FLTD, 414ce-N-FLTD, 416ce-FLTD, Baritone-8-FLTD/B
Hawaiian koa's close cousin, Tasmanian blackwood, is a fellow acacia wood species. Though it might not quite match koa's cachet in terms of exotic beauty, its tonal range is similar, and visually it often exhibits some of koa's same character traits.
This batch of limiteds features nicely variegated sets paired with Western Red cedar tops. Blackwood takes koa's basic tonal profile and blends the dry woodiness of mahogany and rosewood's bloom. Pairing it with a cedar top yields a springy, woody, warm low end, giving the guitar a relaxed personality. Fingerstylists are bound to love the warmth of the cedar top, as will medium strummers.
Designed as a seasonal alternative to our 400 Series, the blackwood guitars feature wood appointments that support an understated, all-natural vibe, perfect for an everyday or performance guitar that players can feel comfortable playing out in the world. Rock maple was chosen for many of the appointments, including a back mini wedge, the binding, and a “fishbone”-style rosette, which together add creamy counterpoints. Small dot inlays and a satin finish back and sides provide tidy touches that lean toward aesthetic simplicity. The blackwood 400s are available in all four body shapes, along with two nylon-string models and a Baritone 8-string with a Sitka spruce top.