For this week's blog, I've decided to bring you into our world and show you a custom Art Shop original being created. Valerie Bolitho is the luthier responsible for this piece of art, the CL Fox made from very selected Indian Rosewood. The CL (or Custom Line) is known for it smaller size and ease of playability. Its 4.5" body depth gives the CL a beautiful, clear tone. The specially selected Indian rosewood gives it just the right amount of brightness that makes this the perfect guitar for small gatherings, recording work, or to simply lose yourself with your guitar in solitude. The rosewood, in this case, was hand selected by Ren Ferguson, (master luthier and designer), during one of his global wood expeditions. The figure, color, and sheer uniqueness of this selected rosewood is purely breath-taking.
The CL also has a premium Sitka spruce top selected by Valerie for its sound qualities as well as its tight, straight grain configuration and its clean, flawless appearance. She then enhanced the appearance even further with her choice of colored binding packages on the top and back of the body and her multicolored marquetry rosette selection, which she is known for on many of her creations.
The headstock veneer is adorned with a beautiful fox, created out of multiple pieces of varying colored Mother-of-Pearl shell and the fretboard continues the theme with inlaid fox paw prints from the nut all the way down to the rosette.
This is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art, but as we stress here in Bozeman, it is a completely functional and exquisite sounding guitar as well. I will do an update of the guitar when it is completed and ready to ship to its excited owner.
If you have an itch for something unique, gorgeous, and with the sound and overall quality that only a Gibson can provide, please go to your local Gibson Acoustic dealership or to any one of the fine on-line stores specializing in Gibson Acoustics and see what our Art Shop can do for you. Your personalized masterpiece may only be a phone call away. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos.
Jason Jones, luthier at Gibson Acoustics