McPherson 4.5 Bear Claw Sitka/Flamed Black Acacia #1619  From McPherson

4.5" deep acoustic guitar with Bear Claw Sitka/Black Acacia


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This 4.5 from McPherson is quite a player. We find the Bear Claw top gives the guitar a little extra shimmer on top due to it's stiffness. This translates wonderfully when strumming chords and playing lines. The Black Acacia is very Mahogany-esque in it sound. It adds a lot of warmth and dynamics to the guitar which complements the shimmer of the Bear Claw. The 4.5 size gives you the perfect balance of projection and presence without being overly powerful on the low end.

McPherson 4.5 Acoustic Guitar Demo - Bear-Claw-Sitka/Black-Acacia

McPherson Guitars don't disappoint, and this extraordinary beauty is no exception. It features a remarkable Bear Claw Sitka Spuce top, with flamed Black Acacia backs and sides. The guitar is beautifully played by flat-picking legend, John Garris in the Sound Pure Recording Studios, and recorded using a simple minimalist microphone setup including the Earthworks SR40 Cardioid Microphones, and the Earthworks 1024 4-channel microphone preamp, feeding a Lynx Aurora 16 A/D converter. No special processing was done to make this recording. The guitar, and all the equipment used in making the recording are all available for purchase from Sound Pure. They can be reached toll free at 888-528-9703. The instrument specs include the following: Depth: 4" at block and 4.5" at tail block; Scale Length: 25"; Overall Length: 41" ;Neck Width: Standard 1 3/4" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th; Neck Width: Wide 1 7/8" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th; Electronics: L.R. Baggs RTS2 system. Ribbon transducer pick-up, pre-amp and volume control; Tuners: Schaller M6G Gold Tuning Machines; Gold Strap Button; Case: Custom fit Ameritage case with built in humidification system; Inlay: McPherson mother of pearl inlay on head cap and mirror image on bridge plate.

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

Top: Bear Claw Sitka Spruce

Back and Sides: Flamed Black Acacia


A slightly stiffer version of Sitka with unique figure appearing in the grain. Bear Claw Sitka exhibits tonal characteristics of Sitka Spruce, but because of its added strength it can have a more robust and punchy voice.

Sometimes referred to as Australian Blackwood; Black Acacia behaves much like Koa and Mahogany. Black Acacias grain offers a shimmer not found in Koa and it is a mainstay of Australian builders. It is found in Africa, India, and Northeastern California but originated in Southern Australia.

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About Manufacturer

The acoustic guitar is an instrument with a lot of history. Some of the most incredible acoustic instruments were made in America during what is known as the “Golden Era” of guitar building, but not much has changed since. Many boutique builders pride themselves on making the most faithful recreations of these aging instruments, and most of the focus is placed on looking into the past.  McPherson Guitars is not one of these brands.

Believing that there is more to strive for out of flat-top acoustics, McPherson introduced their revolutionary Offset Soundhole Technology over three decades ago. This allows for greater vibration in the center of the guitar top, as well as more volume and clarity in the ears of the player. Their unique bracing system also creates a larger, more even space for the top to vibrate, increasing the clarity and projection of sound. Every McPherson guitar features a cantilevered neck, which means that the fretboard does not actually make contact with the guitar top. This design allows the space underneath the fretboard to vibrate, again contributing to a larger area of flexible surface on the top. McPherson guitars also offer an enormous selection of tonewoods, from the classic Spruce, Rosewood, and Mahogany varieties to the rare and exotic. Some of the less common tonewoods like Acacia, Cocobolo, Walnut, Pau Rosa, Macassar Ebony, and others can be combined in interested ways to make very unique sounding instruments. While many of the advancements McPherson has made in acoustic guitar building result in superior tone, sustain, and resonance, McPhersons are also far less susceptible to damage than their “Golden Era” counterparts. Every McPherson neck is fitted with a carbon graphite truss rod in a triangulated system that is so stable that it eliminates the need for neck adjustment. If you are looking for an acoustic guitar that is more than just a replica, look no further than McPherson Guitars. In 50 years, they might be the ones being replicated. 



Depth: 4" at block and 4.5" at tail block


Scale Length: 25"


Upper Bout: 11 1/8"


Waist: 10"


Lower Bout: 16"


Body Length: 20 1/8"


Overall Length: 41"


Neck Width: Standard 1 3/4" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th


Neck Width: Wide 1 7/8" at nut, 2 5/32" at 12th


String Spacing: E to E 2 3/16"


Offset Sound Hole


Cantilevered Neck


Truss Rod: Non-Adjustable, unidirectional high-modulus carbon fiber


Ebony Bridge


Ebony bridge pins: unslotted with mother of pearl dot


Fingerboard: Ebony with 14" radius


Frets: All frets dressed by Plek Pro


Nut: Natural Bone


The Buzz Feiten intonation system: Three custom bone saddles set up for low, med, and tall action


Binding: Flamed Koa


Electronics: L.R. Baggs RTS2 system. Ribbon transducer pick-up, pre-amp and volume control


Tuners: Schaller M6G Gold Tuning Machines


Gold Strap Button


Case: Custom fit Ameritage case with built in humidification system


Inlay: McPherson mother of pearl inlay on head cap and mirror image on bridge plate


Finish: UV finish. An extremely durable clear finish which retains tonal integrity of the wood while protecting the guitar from harmful elements


Strings: Elixir Nanoweb medium gauge strings

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