Redwood is legendary. It is considered an endangered species. Its Latin name is “Sequoioideae” or, when it grows larger than 6’7” as “Sequoiadendron giganteum.” It comes from the Kingdom of Plantae, the Division of Pinophyta, the Class of Pinopsida, and the Order of Pinales. Its family is Cupressaceae and, as earlier stated, its subfamily is Sequoioideae. It is not merely the very tall evergreen coniferous tree that’s native to the coastal ranges of southern Oregon and northern or central California, the one with the small seed-bearing cones with peltate scales and branches that are unflattened. Nope. Now it can be a guitar top.
Since you asked, the three subfamily genera are Sequoia and Sequoiadendron of California and Oregon, and Metasequoia in China. This subfamily contains the largest and tallest trees in the world. These trees can live to an extremely old age, with some going way back hundreds or thousands of years. Why, then is this an endangered subfamily – well, it is said to be due to habitat losses from fire, ecology, suppression, logging, development and air pollution.
True facts: the tallest tree in the world is a Sequoia sempervirens -- the Hyperion Tree -- and the largest tree in the world is a Sequoiadendron giganteum -- the General Sherman Tree. California Sequoiadendron giganteum trees’ native habitat is only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Range in central eastern California. Sequoia sempervirens trees native habitat is only in the Northern California coastal forests eco-region, on the Northern California Coast and several miles into Oregon. China’s Metasequoia glyptostroboides trees are so rare they were thought to be extinct until rediscovered by a Chinese forester in 1948. They were found on mountainous slopes in remote parts of the Hubei region of China. Did you know that Sequoia redwood trees are also used in educational projects recreating the look of the Pleistocene landscape of megaflora? We didn’t either. [Credit: All educational-sounding citations are from Wikipedia].
But let’s not talk about the striking and tonally welcome Redwood or the unbelievable-looking grain pattern in the bookmatched Ziricote back – materials that may in 20 seconds flat hypnotize any onlooker who happens to stumble across the guitar. It is completely gorgeous and its exquisite sound, with its rich, lyrical sonority and extended sustain may render one speechless. Let’s talk about that sound, which is rich, lush, clean, clear and fraught with acoustic complexity and energy. Let’s talk about the six individual, high precision Schaller machines, each gold-plated and with gold-plated metal buttons, let us marvel at its one-piece genuine mahogany neck, and the figured Koa heel cap and end piece, the black, ebony headplate overlay inlaid with the script mother of pearl McPherson logo so bright one may need sunglasses, and its black fingerboard and asymmetrical bridge. McPherson provisions the instrument side dots on bass edge of its fingerboard, but the front surface is strictly neo-classical, meaning it has a jet black fingerboard, bordered in flame koa. Its body bindings are likewise flamed Hawaiian Koa, the top has five-plies of black and white while the back has three-ply; the sides, including the ledge at the edge of the neck heel – a plateau up to which the cutaway rises – are contrasted with thin lines of white and black. Its headstock, also, has a line of 2-ply between the headplate and the back of the neck; and inside, its interior kerfings are cedar. This 8th wonder of the plectral universe has the McPherson offset soundhole so that, when played with even moderate attack, it can be heard as far away as a high rise apartment in Ho-ho-kus, New Jersey.
We are extremely pleased that the buyer of this superb instrument will become one of a small coterie of individuals who own one of the finest and most beautiful six string guitars that has found its mate in the Empire State, or even in your own state.
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