G.R. Bear Grand 00, Koa & Western Red Cedar


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Whatever preconceptions you have about koa or the 00 design, check them at the door. Australian luthier G.R. Bear's Grand 00 is larger than a Martin 00, more comparable in size to a small classical guitar. Even knowing that won't prepare you for this guitar's sound, though! The lightest touch draws out an incredible response. Powerful, dynamic, with wild amounts of sustain and a bright, crystalline clarity in the high end, this is a truly unique soloist's instrument. Western red cedar and koa would be a compelling combination on any instrument, but it's G.R.'s unusual bracing approach that may explain much of this guitar's distinctive tone. He uses Falcate bracing, "incorporating laminated curved braces reinforced with carbon fiber above and below the brace to make the tops light and flexible at the edges, yet strong and stiff where they need to be." This Grand 00 benefits from a thin French polish finish, and unusual wood choices elsewhere, like the padauk bridge and African blackwood fretboard, further contribute to a one-of-a-kind sound and appearance.

  • Model/body: Grand 00
  • Top: Western red cedar
  • Back and sides: Acacia koa
  • Neck: Brazilian mahogany with C profile
  • Fretboard: African blackwood
  • Bridge: Padauk
  • Rosette: Koa
  • End graft: Cocobolo
  • Headstock veneer: Koa
  • Nut and saddle: Bone
  • Fret wire: EVO Gold w/ hemispherical fret ends
  • Binding: Cocobolo
  • Purfling: European maple and black dyed poplar
  • Bracing: Parabolic, lutz carbon falcate
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510
  • Top finish: French polish shellac
  • Scale length: 25.4" (645mm)
  • Nut width: 1-3/4" (44.5mm)
  • String spacing: 2-1/4" (57mm)
  • Lower bout: 14-1/4"
  • Depth: 4"
  • Serial number: 36
  • Year of build: 2021
  • Case: Crossrock hardshell


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G.R. Bear Grand 00, Koa & Western Red Cedar
G.R. Bear's Grand 00 design is slightly larger than a standard Martin 00, more like a small classical guitar
The unusual but delightful combo of koa and cedar brings complexity, crystalline highs, and incredible sustain and volume
An unusual padauk bridge, African blackwood fretboard, dramatic cutaway and cleanly elegant appointments help give this guitar an understated yet impactful look

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G.R. Bear

At 15 Rye apprenticed with master classical guitar builder Graham Caldersmith.  

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