The TREE Grand Tonare

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“The Tree” is perhaps the single most sought after Mahogany in the world.

Chichibul Jungle, Honduras 1965: A magnificent 100 foot tall mahogany tree, 50 feet across at the base, was felled by hand, 100 miles away from the nearest sawmill.  Unfortunately , the tree landed in a steep ravine, and due to the remote location, could not be recovered.

There it lay for nearly 20 years, until it was finally recovered.  Once milled, the amazing and unique figure of it’s wood was revealed.  One third of this amazing tree yielded a blister/quilt figure, one third was a mix with pronounced “veins”, and the remainign third was a waxy quilt figure.

Since the mid 1980’s this wood, simply and reverently known as “The Tree”, has been perhaps the most sought after wood in modern lutherie. Mahogany from The Tree is unique in it’s figure and tone (denser than most mahogany with a warmer rosewood like tone).  

This amazing one-of-a-kind guitar was custom designed and includes a macassar ebony fingerboard with intense hand-etched “Tree of Life” inlay, blue paua purfling, a hand-etched Private Stock  Eagle inlay on the headstock, a “sinker” mahogany neck, tone-tapped Adirondack Red Spruce top. The rosette is Paua with 14 kt. gold, and the binding is highly figured Koa.

Far from a museum piece, this unique guitar will be played by an amazing singer-songwriter…  see if you can spot it on stage!



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