Custom Shop Grand Auditorium, Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras


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Blackheart sassafras is an exotically beautiful variation on the more common sassafras tree that’s native to Tasmania. The “blackheart” distinction refers to dark, dramatic striping in the otherwise blond-colored wood, which is caused by fungi that form in the heartwood of the tree. Its tonal properties give it a truly unique sonic personality compared to other tonewoods. It blends some of the dry, woody response of walnut or mahogany; the note separation and focus of maple or myrtle; and the top-end overtones of rosewood.



Top: Sinker Redwood

Back/Sides: Tasmanian Blackheart Sassafras

Fretboard/Bridge: Ebony

Neck: Maple

Body: Grand Auditorium w/ Venetian Cutaway

Binding: Ebony

Neck:  Standard Carve

Scale Length: 25-1/2”

Nut Width: 1-3/4”

Finish: Gloss

Tuners: Gotoh 510 Antique Gold, Black Plastic Buttons