C.F. Holcomb Kodiak Resonator, All Claro Walnut


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When it comes to construction of his Kodiak resonator, Chris Holcomb crafts it with similarities to the build of an acoustic guitar. Often resonators are built with flat, levelled sides, producing a speaker cabinet effect. However, the top and back of the Kodiak are radiused and the sides are tapered, encouraging similar projection and sonic movements to that of an acoustic guitar. Pair this with an all Claro walnut body and you get a brilliant, warm, punchy resonator. A mid-density tonewood, Claro walnut has a striking, figured grain and mid to dark-chocolate brown tone. Sonically drier than mahogany, it produces a crisp, focused tone that is perfect for pairing with a pickup. Whether played acoustic or plugged in using the Righteous Sound Kodiak single coil pickup, with a slide or without, it's an amazing instrument. Don't miss Weston Stewart's demo below!

  • Top: Claro walnut
  • Back and sides: Claro walnut
  • Binding: Rosewood
  • Purfling: Black/Maple/Black
  • Bracing: X-Post
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Fretboard radius: 12"
  • Headstock: Slotted with walnut overlay
  • Tuners: Gold Gotoh
  • Bridge: Spider
  • Tailpiece: Brass
  • Pickup: Righteous Sound Kodiak single coil
  • Controls: Volume, tone
  • Finish: High gloss nitrocellulose
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Case: Calton


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C.F. Holcomb Kodiak Resonator, All Claro Walnut
Built with a radiused top and back and tapered sides, Chris' Kodiak resonator has acoustic like projection and response
Claro walnut is a perfect tonewood for an acoustic-electric reso like this, being drier and more focused tonally than mahogany
Chris outfits his Kodiaks with a Righteous Sound Kodiak single coil pickup

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CF Holcomb

Christopher Holcomb is a California-based luthier who, having learned from some of Santa Cruz's finest guitar building talent, including Richard Hoover, Rick Turner, Scott Walker and Jeff Traugott, branched out on his own, putting his talents into building a wide variety of models, from traditional 00-style acoustics, to archtops, solid bodies and resonators.

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