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Black Beauty

Not sure I feel 100% comfortable about the idea of ancient Kauri being on guitars. Besides being a protected species with spiritual significance to the native Maori (this is drilled into the NZ education system and in various museum visits), the Kauri guitars I’ve tried from local New Zealand builders (including Laurie Williams) seem rather quiet to my ears. Then again, it’s likely SCGC harvested these legally and is able to bring out projective tone from them with their voicing techniques, but it seems to go against their rationale for not using Madagascan Rosewood, as other builders such as Martin obtained it when it was technically still legal. I guess the NZ is not suffering from significant human rights abuses though.