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Blanchard Bristlecone Acoustic Guitar, Madagascar Rosewood & European Spruce - Pre-Owned


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Since 1998, Mark Blanchard has been building some of the finest handmade guitars, and this Blanchard Bristlecone is a perfect example of Mark’s “hands-on” precision craftsmanship. Blanchard takes pride in the visual composition of each instrument, putting much thought into magnifying the woods natural beauty in a “harmonious” way. The select European spruce top and Madagascar Rosewood back and sides are hand voiced using traditional flex-and-tap methods, as well as a Chladni style acoustic evaluation. Using a variable frequency sound wave, and years of collected Chladni data, Blanchard is able to identify specific resonances within a build. This allows him to fine-tune the acoustic properties of each instrument. Paired with its hand-shaped Mahogany neck, which is reinforced with carbon fiber bars for added stiffness and durability, and Mark’s very own dual-acting stainless steel truss rod, this Blanchard Bristlecone offers a clear and balanced sound, with a full yet focused bass, and “strong and silky” trebles.


  • Year: 2020
  • Top: European Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Madagascar Rosewood 
  • Rosette: MadRose/Abalone/MadRose
  • Purfling: Maple & Black Line 
  • Backstrip: Macassar Ebony 
  • Body Binding: Macassar Ebony 
  • Neck: Mahogany, Reinforced w/ Carbon Fiber 
  • Neck Profile: D 
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony 
  • Peg Head Style: Standard 
  • Peg Head Veneer: Madagascar Rosewood 
  • Fretboard Binding: Ebony 
  • Fretboard Inlays: Abalone Dots 
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 Mini Gold w/ Black Knobs 
  • Bridge: Ebony 
  • Pins: Ebony w/ Abalone Dots 
  • Saddle Material: Bone
  • Saddle Type: Drop-in / Compensated 
  • Nut Material: Bone 
  • Pickguard: Clear 
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4”
  • Spacing at Saddle: 2 1/4” 
  • Scale Length: 25 1/4”
  • Body Depth:  4”
  • Body Length: 19 1/2”
  • Upper Bout: 11” 
  • Lower Bout: 15 1/4” 
  • Truss Rod: Dual Acting, Adjustable 
  • Electronics: K&K Pure Mini with K&K AKG 516c internal condenser mic


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