On instruction from international classical guitarist Craig Ogden.
Rob Clarke (South Australia) Concert Classical Guitar.
Top: Western Red Cedar
Back: Tasmanian Blackwood
Sides: Tasmanian Blackwood
Rosette: Hand Crafted Inset
Tuners: Nicolo Alessi
Finish: Oil and Polyurethane Varnish
Sometimes I use words such as "beautiful" or "Stunning" or maybe even "wonderful" to describe the amazing concert guitars we receive from guitar makers across the globe. And I have to say, these are words which are said with sincerity and truth.
But now we have a guitar from Australian Luthier, Rob Clarke, and I have to tell you - I am lost for words, as the words above will not even do this guitar justice. I think single words will not do it, it needs statements such as "out of this world" or "from another galaxy"
This guitar is contructed meticulously from the most attractive Tasmanian Black Wood & Red Western Cedar and has all the similarity in tonal qualities to that of a Matthias Dammann or in some ways a Hauser guitar.
The seven fan struts are very old, very fine grained Western Red Cedar, which has been carefully split to preserve the very fine growth rings.
Very high quality and attractive Nicolo Alessi tuning machines.
This is a guitar for keeps...
Rob Clarke playing this guitar after build in 2006.
Craig Ogden delivering his guitar to us at Nugent Guitars.
Rob Clarke is a retired Luthier from Adelaide South Australia.
A short career as a guitar maker saw him make a handful of concert guitars in his words "in the tens rather than the hundreds"
Each guitar was crafted using the very finest grade woods and in particular mainly using the Tasmanian Blackwood - as many luthiers do in Australia. Rob built on the plans and inspiration of Herman Hauser and it clearly shows in this guitar. One may think that Rob is unknown but in fact he has just been hiding out enjoying his retirement and recently a new wave of interest has come in search of his wonderful concert guitars.
This particular guitar is Rob's finest, according to him and many, as it was built with dedication to his wife Elizabeth and with respect to the Australian Artis Pro Hart who sadly passed away as this guitar was built in 2006.
We here at Nugent Guitars certainly hope that Rob will one day make more guitars as he is one of the finest.
Robert Clarke (South Australia)