We've always been fans of Mark Blanchard's guitars and Gryphon used to sell them now and then back in the late '90s when he needed retail outlets. Mark has always favored clean, straightforward designs, and this Bristlecone is essentially his version of an OM, just barely over 15 inches wide in the lower bout. Thanks to the Adirondack top and his typical thin, blade-shaped top bracing it delivers lots of volume with excellent clarity and projection. The neck angle is great so there's plenty of saddle height even with low string action. No cracks anywhere but some surface wear to the finish, mostly on the top and a little on the back. Frets show only minor wear. This guitar has been living here on the Peninsula and shows no signs of ever suffering climate extremes. Comes with the original TKL Deluxe hardshell case, and a handsome Luthier's Log that lists all the special materials used in this Bristlecone's construction and includes 20 photos of Mark working on this particular instrument. An excellent individual-luthier hand-made guitar at an exceptionally reasonable price as it's from an estate.

stock no. 55287

ModelBristlecone
TopAdirondack Spruce
Back and sidesRosewood
Frets to body14
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length25.5"
Bridge materialEbony
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
BracingX pattern
Electronicsnone
Neck profileC/D
Total frets20
TunersSchaller
CaseOrig. Hard
Serial No6/12/00
BindingCurly Koa