McPherson 5.0 XP Koa/Port Orford Cedar Acoustic Guitar  From McPherson

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A whole lotta guitar! This is the kind of guitar that you can really scare your friends with by sneaking up behind them and playing an open G chord. From a player's perspective, the full 5" body and offset soundhole give you an incredibly detailed, full sound that almost feels like the guitar has its own monitor system. Few guitars I've ever heard can come close to this level of overtone content and sustain, and if you are looking for an instrument that can take a simple chord or melody and bring it to life, this is it! The richness of the harmonic content and the sheer volume and sustain of this instrument make it feel like an orchestra in your hands. Try it for yourself and you'll see what I mean!

-Jared Wofford

jared@soundpure.com

McPherson 5.0XP Koa/Port Orford Cedar Acoustic Guitar Demo - McPherson Guitars

McPherson Guitars are well known for their innovative designs, stunning aesthetics, and superior sound quality, and the 5.0 Koa/Port Orford Cedar is no exception. Though it can be deceiving in name, Port Orford Cedar is actually a member of the Cypress family, and provides a really warm, Spruce-like top tone. Koa provides some really rich low end, sparkling clean tone, and is only grown in Hawaii, making its' unique look and sound that much more exclusive. The 5.0 really is an incredible example of the sheer volume and sustain that McPherson Guitars present with their groundbreaking Offset Soundhole Technology. There are few other acoustic guitars on the market that can replicate the richness of harmonic content, volume and sustain that the 5.0 Koa/Port Orford Cedar from McPherson offers. Call us today for any questions about this gorgeous guitar, or any other gear used in this video, (919).682.5552. Thanks to Keith Ganz for another incredible performance. Gear used: McPherson 5.0XP acoustic guitar, Schoeps CMC6 plus MK22 capsules, Phoenix DRS8 mic pre, Lynx Aurora AD Converter

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

Port Orford Cedar

Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is a member of the cypress family and not a true cedar. It falls tonally between spruce and cedar, leaning toward a warm spruce top in sound and stiffness.

Koa

A member of the acacia family, Koa grows only in Hawaii. Flamed Koa is a gorgeous tonewood displaying some "Mahogany like" properties. Clean and bright with a rich low end.

 

 

 

 

McPherson Guitars

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 5" at tail bloc 
  • 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
  • String Spacing: E to E 2 3/16"
  • Offset Soundhole
  • 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 inch radius
  • Nut: Natural Bone
  • Buzz Feiten intonation system – Three custom bone saddles set up for low, medium, 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: IC&S 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