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!