Claro Walnut

Claro Walnut & Silver Limited Edition Block Island Beauty

Custom OM Claro Walnut with Pure Silver Marquetry
Heather Littlefield Russo of Block Island, RI

This incredibly special guitar is the first one of its kind to come out of WR Custom Guitars and features Claro Walnut back, sides, and top. It’s a limited edition Block Island Beauty. The top is very unconventional, typically spruce would be used, however, I was looking for something that would create a totally diff sound and appearance. The Claro was the right choice. Warm, dark overtones, tremendous sustain, and wonderful balance. I raised the bar with the marquetry on this guitar by installing a .063 pure silver braid on the top perfling of the body, and a double-braid of silver for the rosette. It’s got a high-gloss finish to bring out the figure in the wood. This guitar is equipped with a Fishman Matrix Infinity preamp. Played acoustically or plugged in, this guitar surpasses all my expectations.

A special thanks goes out to Peter Gibbons, master jeweler of Block Island, who prepared the .063 pure silver braid for the marquetry on this custom guitar.

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Leroy Moore Tribute Custom Acoustic Guitar Build

Harrison Hughes – 000 12 Fret Short Scale

This Leroy Moore Tribute Custom Acoustic Guitar Build, in memory of the late great Leroy Moore, features Claro Walnut Sides & Back, Torrified Adirondack Spruce Top, and a custom inlay fingerboard mural of Leroy Moore. It’s played in a special B Tuning

This is one of a number of custom acoustic guitars that I’ve built for Harrison Hughes of Dallas, TX. Harrison has become much more than just a client. The interaction between us as we’ve worked together on these builds has created a real bond and friendship. Harrison is a real professional on many levels. His dedication and commitment to the building process has made my job not only enjoyable, but delightfully challenging as well.

We’ve already started our next build, which is a 00 12-Fret Short Scale Parlor Guitar with Brazilian Rosewood back and sides and a Torrified Swiss Spruce Top.