Introducing Isaac Jang Guitars
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Isaac Jang of Isaac Jang Guitars will be joining this exclusive roster of luthiers here at The North American Guitar in London.
There is an inspiring wave of new young luthier talent coming through the ranks at the moment and rising start Isaac Jang is definitely right at the front of that movement.
At only 30 years old Isaac is already being hailed as one of the finest up and coming luthiers on the block by the likes of master luthier Jason Kostal (Kostal Guitars), Rudy Pensa of Rudy's Music and Paul Heumiller of Dream Guitars. An inspiring, polite and gentle guy Isaac builds instruments that make your heart melt when you pick them up and play.
I first had the pleasure of meeting Isaac at The Holy Grail Guitar show in Berlin back in 2016. I had already seen some images of his work online and heard of this young guy from Korea (now based in LA, California) everyone was talking about. The buzz around the show reminded me of the attention our dear friend and TNAG luthier Ted Åstrand received the first year he exhibited at the show two years earlier.
As I headed over to his table to say hello and introduce myself, Isaac was just running to the concert room with his friend and guitarist Adam Miller (again who I had not met yet), for a demo concert, where Adam would be putting his OM in Italian spruce & Cocobolo through its paces in front of an audience of buyers, collectors, and piers. Huddling in a back room waiting for the doors to open for Isaac's spot, Adam began to warm up in preparation for the concert and I began to fall in love with the guitar he was playing!
"May I..."? I asked Adam (sheepishly ... definitely not wanting to play in front of this John Mayer reincarnation).
"Of course man.." Adam replied in his usual laid back auzzy tone.
Wanting to look at Isaacs work in detail under the unforgiving lights in this hotel conference room and play it away from the noise of the HG show proved everything everyone had been talking about. This guy is the real deal.
Isaacs guitars have this wonderful balance of modern luthier meets traditional inspiration. His guitars are light and beautifully created, with a smooth sleek like line to them, almost like something one would see from a high-end car manufacturer or watchmaker. The level of detail that goes into his builds is just extraordinary, from his binding work, beautiful shoulder bevels, through to his inlay design, the guitar will take your breath away.
Tonally, having now had the pleasure of playing two of Isaacs guitars, both with the same wood configuration, is something to behold first hand. An incredibly articulate and sophisticated sound, with a depth that is hard to describe. Both the OM's I had the pleasure of playing had a gorgeous and highly figured cocobolo back and sides, which projected trebles that St Pauls cathedral would be proud of and a sustain that seemed to go on for days.
But who is Isaac Jang...
Inspired to play the guitar at 14 years old after seeing Tommy Emmanuel play “Amazing Grace,” his eyes were opened to the art of fingerstyle music. From that point onward, his fascination and passion for acoustic guitar sound intensified and eventually led me him to the path of lutherie.
Isaac was born in S. Korea, and moved to Los Angeles in 1999. Upon graduating Galloup School of Lutherie in 2007, Isaac started an apprenticeship with his most admirable mentor, Kathy Wingert. Along with his apprenticeship, Isaac also repaired and restored many types of stringed instruments under Fred Walecki at Westwood Music.
His stay at Westwood Music also opened up new doors for him and enabled him to form a lasting friendship with Santa Cruz Guitar Company. Isaac, began to work for the SCGC's warranty service, were Richard Hoover (one of the godfathers of handmade guitars), generously took him in his shop for a crash course on all things guitar. Serving as his mentor, he taught Isaac his techniques and methods in guitar making and repairing and solidified his love of lutherie while and the wonderful community that surrounds it.
After the Holy Grail Guitar show back in 2016, Isaac and I became good friends and regularly spoke about what he was working on and I often spent most of my time praising his work that I had see scattered across my facebook feed.
Next week I head to California for the Winter NAMM show where I am incredibly excited to not only catch up with my good friend but also take delivery of our very first Isaac Jang Instrument. An Orchestra Model – NAMM 2018 Presentation in Italian Spruce and phenomenal special Cocobolo with a Flamed Koa binding.
Isaac Jang Guitars - OM Italian & Cocobolo.
- Model: Orchestra Model – NAMM 2018 Presentation
- Top Wood: Italian Spruce
- Rosette: Simple & Elegant Koa Bound Soundhole
- Back & Sides: Special Cocobolo
- Back Strip: Custom Koa
- Binding: Flamed Koa
- Endpiece: Boxed Flamed Koa Neck : Honduran Mahogany
- Dovetail Neck Joint
- Position Marker: MOP Side Dots
- Nut: Bone
- Fingerboard: Bound Ebony, 16”-20” Compound radius Bridge: Ebony
- Head Plate: Ebony/ Cocobolo with Koa accent
- Back Head Plate: Cocobolo
- Heel Cap: Flamed Koa
- Cutaway: Non-cutaway shoulder bevel
- Ergonomics: Subtle Manzer Wedge
- Body Joint: 14 Fret
- Total Frets: 20
- Saddle: 20” Radius/Compensated Bone
- Bridge Pins: Ebony with Paua Dot
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Tuners: Gotoh 510 H.A.P.A. Gold/Ebonoid * Pickguard: Clear
- Nut Width: 1 3/4”
- String Spacing at Saddle: 2 1/4”
- Scale Length: 25.4”
- Case: Custom Mainstage Case