Gallery Weekly Roundup, Here's what you missed

Here's what you missed at TNAG this week...

What does a 50th Anniversary Laskin have in common with the latest Iris model?

 

Well, both were featured this week in our Presents series! Joel showcased the C.F. Holcomb Kodiak resonator for our Pick of the Week, and of course, plenty of new guitars landed on the site. Read on to learn more about each of these guitars, and to hear our acoustic and electric demo picks.


Presents: Episode 60. Grit Laskin 50th Anniversary Mid-Size "Grit Gives Peggy A Hand"

"So, in the end, this inlay is about me—where I work, how I work, seen in the act of working—and Peggy, finally honouring a brilliant artist (still writing and performing at age 84!) and a dear friend." - Grit Laskin This incredible 50th Anniversary guitar from Canadian luthier Grit Laskin is equal parts a visual and aural masterpiece. Grit is known for his phenomenal inlay art, and in discussing what to do with this year's TNAG guitar, CEO Ben Montague suggested that he celebrate his 50 years of crafting guitars, and depict both an influence as well as Grit himself in the art. This incredible guitar, lovingly called "Grit Gives Peggy A Hand", is a personal tribute to the legendary Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl. We couldn't be more proud to feature it in our 60th Presents!

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Presents: Episode 61. Iris ND-200

The newest model in the Iris Guitar Company line-up is the bold and powerful ND-200. Customers and staff alike have picked it up and been blown away by the clarity and power they've gotten out of this Sitka and mahogany guitar, no matter what their playing style. Check it out with Jordan here in our latest Presents!

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Pick of the Week: CF Holcomb Kodiak Resonator

The CF Holcomb Kodiak is unique to the resonator world in the sense that it is built like an acoustic guitar, and it sounds just as good unplugged as it does when you're taking advantage of the Righteous Sound single coil pickup. Check out this all maple resonator from California luthier Chris Holcomb.

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Featured Electric: Nik Huber Surfmeister

Catch the wave and immerse yourself in the coastal tones of this Nik Huber Surfmeister. Its lightweight semi-hollow design, built with a Maple top and Mahogany body and neck, provides a player with an extremely acoustic playing experience that is resonate and dynamic unplugged. Plugged into your favorite tube amp, the Surfmeister truly shines. The shimmering, clear tones of its custom Tronebucker pickups-- paired with the versatility of its push/pull master tone pot-- make this not just a "surf" guitar but suitable for just about any type of music. The Custom Green Turquoise top is perfectly complimented by its brushed tortoise pickguard and aged nickel hardware. Paired with its Bigsby B5, this Nik Huber Surfmeister is boasts playability and versatility with a big California heart and tone to spare.

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Featured Acoustic: Santa Cruz OM Grand Cocobolo

For the OM player who wants a serious boost in presence and dynamic range - and in a package that looks as good as it sounds - this cocobolo and European spruce OM Grand from Santa Cruz is the ticket. The unusual, "almost pixelated" cocobolo we fell in love with on a standard OM that recently passed through makes another appearance here, this time paired with beautifully bearclawed European spruce. With a lower bout measuring 16", the OM Grand design is akin to a Martin 0000. As SCGC says, "The strength of the OM Grand isn’t limited to sheer volume. In the sometimes restrained presence of solo fingerstyle playing, the inherent power of this guitar will generate a forceful bloom, requiring less effort with no loss of nuance." And in this wood pairing, it's got a balanced voice and just the right amount of sustain and lushness to handle a wide range of playing styles. As usual, Santa Cruz have kept the appointments restrained and elegant, opting for classic herringbone and ivoroid binding to accent these stunning tonewoods.

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