E-SeriesBlack Poisonwood & Bearclaw Sitka
This guitar has a bearclaw spruce top with crazy nice figure. It's back and sides are of Black Poisonwood, which is plentiful, but really difficult to harvest due to the burning sensation one gets from the tree's sap. The neck is Philippine rosewood, another non-endangered species. The binding on the neck and body, the bevelled armrest and the bridge are all made of plantation grown Indian rosewood. The 25.4" scale jet black fretboard is not ebony, rather it is Richlite; a man-made paper product from Minnesota, also popular for commercial kitchen counter tops and skateboard ramps. Richlite is a fair bit harder than ebony and it's not on the CITES treaty. The heel block inside this guitar is made of Philippine rosewood and the end block is made of Angeleum, commonly used in tractor trailer floors. This guitar has sapele lining and Canadian maple interior laminations. I think it would be safe to say that if you're still reading this, you'll assume that it's safe to cross the border with. I'd say you're right! You can travel across any international border with this guitar and have absolutely no worries about the guards taking it away from you! It's ethically sound! And it sounds good too! It has a small 1 3/4" diameter soundhole on the treble side, influenced by Boaz Elkayem's Clarita Negra guitar that he developed with Richard Schneider. The E in the E-Series comes from "Ethical" and "Elkayem", two good reasons this guitar is here. It boasts a string through pinless bridge, which requires you to open up the butt door when changing strings. Earlier models had screws holding the door on, but now we use rare earth magnets. It's cool. And then of course, the guitar has a Grit Laskin inspired bevelled armrest, and a side port to balance the overall sound out. It's got double X-bracing on the top with a small "virzi" style tone producer. I honestly don't think it does much, but it sure looks cool when you look inside the side port. It is also X braced on the back. Please message me for more information!