McPherson MG-4.5XP Quilted Maple/Bear Claw Sitka 12-String  From McPherson

The most elegant 12-string imaginable. This is all the jangle you'll ever need! 

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What We Think

This guitar sounds like Christmas. Enough said? It practically sparkles when strummed. Rich and defined tone. With all those notes, Maple is a great choice for a back and side wood. It holds the fundamental very well and imparts the slightest hint of overtone (not much is needed with courses). Also, its quilts are heavenly :) The Bear Claw Sitka is beautifully textured, like rippled sand. It also invites hard strumming. Gorgeous instrument. If you've always wanted a 12-string and want the best. Look no further. This is a symphonic instrument. 

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NOTE: due to its design, this one won't exhibit the same drawbacks as other 12s :) It intonates, stays to pitch, and only moves when you want it too. 

Manufacturer's Description from McPherson

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 as "Big Leaf" Maple, Quilted Maple is generall softer than Flamed Maple. Quilted Maple is therefore silghtly darker and warmer.

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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

Scale Length- 25 1/2"

Upper Bout: 11 1/8"

Waist: 10 1/8"

Lower Bout: 16"

Body Length: 20 1/8"

Overall Length: 43"

Fretboard Radius: 14"

Standard Neck Width: 1 7/8" at nut, 2 5/16" at 12th

String Spacing at Bridge: 2 7/16th

 

  • Offset Enlarged 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

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