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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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What We Think

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.

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. 

 

Specifications

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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