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Cole Clark

What makes a Cole Clark a Cole Clark? What separates them from the rest of the pack? Well for starters they are based in Australia so they use unique tonewoods that are not typical to other guitars. They combine classical construction with innovative design and manufacturing techniques to make sure they’re instruments are top quality. Lastly, they have developed the worlds most natural sounding acoustic guitar pickup, which comes standard in all of their guitars.

Unique Construction

The construction of Cole Clark steel string acoustic guitars offer a very unique feature. They are the only mainstream acoustic to use a Spanish heel or integral neck construction. This means the neck is glued to the face along with the sides and the back so the neck is one piece all the way to the sound hole. On other guitars, the body is made then the neck attached, mostly with a bolt or dovetail joint. Due to this method, the sound is unique. Cole Clark also has a carved top and back and uses a ridge system to join the sides to the top and back instead of kerfing.

Natural Pickup

The Cole Clark patented pickup system is the most truly acoustic sounding pickup available. They offer a more natural tone when amplified and eliminates the piezo ‘quack’. These pickups comprise different elements that only hear certain frequencies which they’re best equipped to handle. This is done using a combination of 6 loaded piezos under the saddle for bottom end, a face sensor that can be blended in to hear frequencies in the mid to high range (350hz maximum crossover) and a condenser microphone shelved to hear only extreme highs.

A P.A has subwoofers, speakers and horns, each designed to hear a range of frequencies they are best equipped to handle and crossover points for frequencies best heard by the next component. Cole Clark uses the same 3 component philosophy with a piezo system for the bottom end, a patented face sensor for the midrange and a microphone for the top end.

Don’t Forget The Dreadnought

If you have done any research on Cole Clark guitars you have probably noticed that most of the guitars are cutaways. Having a cutaway in an acoustic guitar will typically do two things, takes away bottom end and takes away volume. This would typically be a deterrent for most players. The dreadnought from Cole Clark bridges the gap between the acoustic world and the plugged-in world.

Top Tone Woods

Cole Clark guitars are constructed of all solid timber using mostly native Australian tonewoods that are largely sustainable. Don’t worry, they have gone to the trouble of giving comparison tonewoods so you won’t buy blindly. But I have found that they offer a little something for all styles of players from heavy strummers to light finger pickers.

Californian Redwood Sequoia: Slightly stiffer than Western Red Cedar. Still a great top for softer players but gives great resonance for strummers as well as finger pickers. This is a stunning timber which we source from Australia from trees planted 150 years ago. We feel this works really well on a wide variety of Cole Clark models.
Air Dry Density 420
Modulus of Elasticity 9.2
Janka Hardness 2.1
For a soft to medium player or finger picker amplified or acoustic
For a studio acoustic
Not for a percussive player
A more traditional American sound but with the Cole Clark neck through character. Our supply is a sustainable resource.

Bunya: This native sustainable Australian tonewood sourced from Queensland is responsible for over half of Cole Clark’s sales.
Air Dry Density 460
Modulus of Elasticity 11
Janka Hardness 2.3
Signature Cole Clark acoustic sound
For a medium to hard player, especially amplified
Good for a percussive player
Handles climate extremes better than the softer timbers. This is a sustainable timber.

Australian Blackwood: This is the stiffest timber we make tops out of. It has a character all of its own, quite like Koa as it is a very close cousin. Normally dark brown and grainy but can vary. It is native to Australia and sourced from Tasmania or Victoria.
Air Dry Density 640
Modulus of Elasticity 13
Janka Hardness 5.9
An acoustic sound in the tradition of an American all Koa guitar
For a medium to hard player amplified
Best top for a percussive player
Handles climate extremes better than the softer timbers. This is a sustainable timber.

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