Gaiero OM-C, Douglas Fir & Bastogne Walnut

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On this OM-C, Oregon-based luthier and former Somogyi apprentice Mark Gaiero introduces us to West Coast Douglas fir as a soundboard, and we're already wondering why we don't see this tight-grained wood on guitars more often! While it's not technically a true fir, pine or spruce, it is in the Pinacaea family with the spruces, and shares some of the same characteristics. Mark has paired it with Bastogne walnut, a hybrid of English and Claro walnut that combines the color and figuring of Claro with the smoky grain lines of English. The resulting tone is balanced and warm, with a modest decay and mellow highs. The quick response reminds one of cedar, while the blend of overtones and sustain feels between that of mahogany and rosewood, making for a perfect fingerstyle guitar and full-voiced strummer.

The soft gleam of the finish sits between satin and gloss, giving the guitar a nice tactile feel that doesn't pick up prints and enhances the grain. The cherry neck, which starts with a slim C shape at the first fret and flattens towards the body, also sports the mid-satin finish, making for effortless position changing. More domestic woods are used, from the spalted maple on the rosette and headstock veneer, to the Texas ebony bridge and fretboard. From uncommon woods to tone and looks, this OM-C is unmistakably a Gaiero.

  • Model: OMC
  • Top: Douglas fir
  • Back and sides: Bastogne walnut
  • Neck: Cherry w/ satin finish
  • Fretboard: Texas ebony
  • Frets: EVO gold
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510 mini
  • Bridge: Texas ebony
  • Bridge pins: Black horn
  • Nut/saddle material: Bone
  • Rosette: Spalted maple
  • Headstock veneer: Spalted maple
  • Binding: Rocklite ebano
  • Top purfling: Cherry/black
  • Back/side purfling: Maple/black
  • Finish: CrystaLac Brite Tone
  • Scale length: 25-1/4"
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Saddle spacing: 2-1/4"
  • Lower bout: 15.4"
  • Serial number: Nov/2022
  • Case: Visesnut Active


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Mark Gaiero's development as a craftsman began on film sets in Los Angeles and took root in the workshops of Laika Studios, where he designed and built stop-motion puppet armatures for 10 years.

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