Bob Goes Big!

As in Baritone, that is.

Uncle Bob has been eyeing this Oregon Bastogne Black Walnut for most of a year now.  He finally pulled the trigger, but wanted a baritone instead of the usual tenor.  He wanted the instrument to be straight-forward without a lot of bling, so we didn’t do a back strip and only used a conservative blace-white-black purfling on the top and the same around the sound hole.  The Sitka Spruce top is over 60 years old and a rescue from the Gibson factory as I have been told.  I used a Macassar Ebony for the fret board and bridge to accent the walnut.    We wanted a vintage look and, I think, have achieved that goal.  The sound, on initial stringing, was big and bold and guitar-like with excellent projection and sustain.  I can only believe that this instrument will open up with regular playing to be another one-or-a-kind.  The instrument is strung with D’Addario Titaniuim Baritone.  Tuners are  Gotoh. Neck is Black Walnut. Binding is 5A curly Koa.   Side sound port, of course!