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Wren Concert Model Guitar Wren Remuda Guitar Wren MS-1 Guitar Wren Sojourn Guitar Wren NL-1 Guitar Wren JB-0 Guitar
Concert

16"
lower bout
Remuda

15 3/4"
lower bout
MS-1

16 1/8"
lower bout
Sojourn

14 1/4"
lower bout
NL-1

13 3/4"
lower bout
JB-0

13 1/2"
lower bout




The Concert


Wren Concert Model Guitar



    In 1976 when I made the mold for this shape, I dubbed it the "Concert". Since then, a lot of manufacturers have utilized this term in their model nomenclature so I was determined to come up with another name. The fact is though, I've made so many of this model over the decades that I'll never in my mind think of it as anything but "the Concert" ... so Concert it remains!

    The whole concept of this body shape was to have a nice tight waist that made you feel like you were holding a relatively small instrument ... while the lower bout packed a full 16" of tone producing punch. After building over 190 guitars from this mold, I know this model like the back of my hand. If I had to choose the most versatile guitar that I've ever produced, it would definitely be the Concert. This instrument likes a light fingerstyle approach but turns on a dime when you dig in aggressively with a pick ... very definitely a wide dynamic range is part of the DNA of this shape.

    After playing flattop steel string guitars for the last 40 years, I've developed a very focused idea of the sound I want to hear in different playing situations. With this model, I am going for a precise balance of note fundamental versus overtone component. Any instrument needs an extremely solid note fundamental as a foundation to its overall sonority. I build this particular model with a very crisp initial attack transient that precedes a beefy note fundamental ... the icing on the sonic cake being a many layered overtone series that launches while the fundamental is just past its peak ... the sparkle and sizzle that can be so engaging in the right player's hands. It took quite a few guitars to get the exact balance my ears wanted to hear, but now I'm extremely pleased with the results!

Link to the Concert Model Photo Gallery

Link to audio files of this model



Please email me at
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for option pricing details

Specifications

* 16" lower bout dimension
* 9 3/4" waist
* 11 7/16" upper bout
* 4 1/8" deep at end block
* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* side port
* de Jonge style wood rosette
* ebony fingerboard
* 25.4" scale length
* 14 fret neck-to-body joint
* adjustable truss rod
* frequency compensated ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish
* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* peghead backstrap
* RFX raised fingerboard extension
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* bone or horn bridge pins
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Western Red cedar top
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* Brazilian rosewood back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* Gotoh 510 precision tuners
* Laskin Arm Rest
* Manzer Wedge
* custom flight case

Link to the Options page for details and images

 


 

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The Remuda Model



Wren Remuda Guitar

 

 My Remuda Model has evolved into two distinct looks that share a common tonality. The Remuda "Retro" model reflects my love of vintage acoustic guitars and vintage visuals. The Remuda "Hybrid" is essentially the same guitar with a more modern aesthetic.

 This shape was inspired by a late '20s archtop guitar with that classic flattened upper bout and an elongated bulbous lower bout.  The 15 3/4" lower bout dimension gives a definite sonic alternative to my Concert model, emphazising the lower mids like many good vintage instruments, but with more complexity in the upper partials.  

 I'm convinced that the tight waist on this model not only makes it comfortable to hold, but also helps create more layers of sound and better response to a wider frequency range ... effectively dividing the soundbox into almost two different chambers. Certainly the back has two quite different but almost equally prominent tap tones in the upper and lower bouts, a phenomenon not unusual in a lot of guitar designs, but more noticable in this particual shape.

 For more images of this model with either the Retro look or the Hybrid package, check out the Photo Gallery link below!

Link to the Remuda Model Photo Gallery

Link to audio files of this model


 

Please email me at
wrenguitarworks@rogers.com
for option pricing details

Remuda Model Specifications

* 15 3/4" lower bout dimension
* 9" waist with 11 5/16" upper bout
* 25.4" scale lenght
* 14 fret neck-to-body joint
*select Sitka spruce top
* tropical mahogany or Indian rosewood back and sides
* side port

* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* ebony fingerboard
* adjustable truss rod
* ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish

* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* bone or horn bridge pins
* RFX raised fingerboard extension
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Western Red cedar top
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* Brazilian rosewood back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* bound peghead
* Waverly precision tuners
* Manzer Wedge
* custom flight case

Link to the Options page for details and images

 

 

 

 

 

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The NL-1 Parlor


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     I've always loved the feel of small-bodied guitars, and this funky 1920's body shape with its tight waist and diminutive 13 3/4" lower bout really appealed to me when I was working up ideas for a parlor-sized model. I strived to keep the visuals of this instrument very straightforward but wanted to emphasize a retro aesthetic ... so the "rope" or checkered top marquetry really fit the bill.

    From a tone standpoint, I am also going for an old-time sound ... think Norman Blake meets David Rawlings ... a slightly reduced overtone component in favor of lots of meat in the midrange. The positioning of the bridge is critical in any guitar and even more so when you have the limited tone producing real estate of a small box. For this design, I opted for a 24.9" scale and a 13 fret neck-to-body joint, which places the bridge nicely between the soundhole and butt for maximum efficiency.

    The instrument shown above has a Sitka top with tropical mahogany back and sides, but of course any combination of woods can be used to good effect, depending on the sound you're looking for ... Bearclaw/Indian ... Alpine/quilted Sapelle ... Lutz/Brazilian ... all will impart different sonic qualities to the NL-1.

Link to the NL-1 Model Photo Gallery

Link to audio files of this model


 

Please email me at
wrenguitarworks@rogers.com
for option pricing details

NL-1 Specifications

* 13 3/4" lower bout dimension
* 8" waist with 10 1/8" upper bout
* 24.9" scale lenght
* 13 fret neck-to-body joint
*select Sitka spruce top
* tropical mahogany back and sides
* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* ebony fingerboard
* adjustable truss rod
* ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish

* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* bone or horn bridge pins
* RFX raised fingerboard extension
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Western Red cedar top
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* Brazilian rosewood back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* bound peghead
* Waverly precision tuners
* custom flight case

Link to the Options page for details and images

 

 

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MS-1 "Modern Slope" Dreadnought


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 It's always exciting when you are creating a new model ... starting with the blank piece of paper ... building the new mold ... drafting out the initial strutting pattern ... I love it! This new model is essentially a modern take on the classic slope shouldered dreadnought from the late '30s and early '40s. The idea behind this instrument is to reproduce all of the raw power and aggressive attack of a good vintage instrument, paired with some modern tonal complexity and a more up to date appearance ... introducing the new "Modern Slope" MS-1!!!

 

Link to the MS-1 Model Photo Gallery

 

Please email me at
wrenguitarworks@rogers.com
for option pricing details

MS-1 "Modern Slope" Model Specifications

* 16 1/8" lower bout dimension
* 10 5/8" waist with 11 3/8" upper bout
* 3 5/8" deep at neck : 4 1/2" deep at butt

* 25.4" scale lenght
* 14 fret neck-to-body joint
*select Sitka spruce top
* tropical mahogany or Indian rosewood back and sides
* side port

* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* ebony fingerboard
* adjustable truss rod
* ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish

* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* bone or horn bridge pins
* RFX raised fingerboard extension
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Western Red cedar top
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* Brazilian rosewood back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* bound peghead
* Waverly precision tuners
* custom flight case

Link to the Options page for details and images

 

 

 

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The Sojourn Model

 

Wren Sojourn Guitar

 

   I seem to be an aficionado of homely tortoiseshell pickguards … the homelier the better apparently. 

   And I’m not quite sure what it is with me and these small guitars with checkered marquetry everywhere. Sometimes when I grab this guitar, I really don’t know whether I’m going to play a tune, or a round of Snakes and Ladders. 

   But I have to say, I just love this odd-ball look!

   And just for the record, I love grabbing on to a neck with a big soft-V neck profile! Not so big that you want to tap home plate while looking deep to left field … just big enough that you can get a grip on it.

   Now that the prototype is strung up, I can see that the recipe for my new Sojourn model seems to be …

2 cups  double-0
½ cup  Recording King
2 tablespoons Bacon & Day
1 teaspoon Euphonon
And a pinch of butt-ugly

   OK. I may have been distracted and doubled up on that last ingredient, but “in for a penny, in for a pound” as my grandma used to say.  And anyhow, I always think of my ugly meter as being circular … once the pointer sweeps past the 180 degree point, the guitar’s still getting homelier … but in a good way!

   And how lucky am I to have my buddy Mike Francis record a couple of audio files for this guitar! That is definitely beyond the call of duty to say the least. In Mike’s words: “Both tracks are kinda just a loose jam designed to show what the guitar can do.”  I wish that I could bang out a couple of loose jams like that!

 

 

   When I build a prototype, I’ve always got a sound in my head that I’m shooting for. On the first try, there are usually surprises in this department … and the surprise this time is that I nailed it straight off.  I was surprised at the bass presence of this one when I first strung it up … not a flabby low end, but in good balance with the rest of the instrument and with a nice point to the attack transient. The mids are right where I want them on a new instrument i.e. slightly attenuated from where I ultimately want them to be (otherwise, when the guitar is played in, things get too muddy and nasal). I expected the trebles to be strong on a 14 inch box, but the amount of  girth in the note fundamental was a gratifying surprise … especially noticeable when single note lines are played. The dynamic range is holding up well too. This thing responds well to a light and controlled right hand attack, but doesn’t quickly hit a ceiling when you tie a brick to your right hand either.  Wrap this whole sound up in a nice effervescent overtone series and, well, I’m a happy guy!

 

 

    So why “The Sojourn” model, you ask? Well, I always keep my prototypes for a couple of years, so I’m using this one for my own personal instrument and taking  it back and forth to our little cottage up north (where the location photos were taken) … so “sojourn” in the kick-back-and-relax meaning of the word.  And it seems to work. When we arrive up north, I tuck this little 14 inch box under my arm, my shoulders go down a quarter inch and my breathing slows a tad.

    I’m a very lucky guy to have a place to enjoy a sojourn, a brand new guitar to inspire me, and family & friends to enjoy it all with!

 

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Please email me at
wrenguitarworks@rogers.com
for option pricing details

Sojourn Model Specifications

* 14 1/4" lower bout dimension
* 8 3/4" waist with 10 1/2" upper bout
* 25.4" scale lenght
* 14 fret neck-to-body joint
*select Sitka spruce top
* tropical mahogany or Indian rosewood bk and sides
* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* ebony fingerboard
* adjustable truss rod
* ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish

* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* bone or horn bridge pins
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* bound peghead
* Waverly precision tuners
* custom flight case

Link to the Options page for details and images

 

 

 

 

 

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Model JB-0


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Back in the early '80s I had the pleasure of building a guitar for Joan Baez. The instrument was based on the "Single-0" sized instrument that she had played for decades and featured a pyramid bridge, 41-style abalone trim, custom fingerboard inlays, custom peghead inlay and my old "Monch's Moustache" peghead design. Even though this instrument only has a 13 1/2" lower bout dimension, it has a surprisingly pleasing lower register to support the strong upper mids and trebles!

Link to the JB-0 Model Photo Gallery

Link to audio files of this model


Please email me at
wrenguitarworks@rogers.com
for option pricing details

JB-0 Model Specifications

* 13 1/2" lower bout dimension
* 10" upper bout
* 4 " deep at butt

* 25.4" scale lenght
* 12 fret neck-to-body joint
*select Sitka spruce top
* tropical mahogany or Indian rosewood back and sides

* bone nut
* dovetail plus bolt neck joint
* tropical mahogany neck
* intonation compensated bone saddle
* ebony fingerboard
* adjustable truss rod
* ebony bridge
* wood bindings and purfling
* French Polish finish

* hardshell case

 

Available Options

* bone or horn bridge pins
* any peghead or fingerboard inlay is an upgrade
* Alpine, German, Engelmann, Lutz
or bearclaw Sitka spruce tops
* Western Red cedar top
* Pomelle figured sapelle back and sides
* Ziricote back and sides
* Madagascar rosewood back and sides
* spalted Mango back and sides
* figured Oregon Myrtle back and sides
* Brazilian rosewood back and sides
* custom nut width
* custom string spacing at bridge
* bound peghead
* Waverly precision tuners
* custom flight case

 

Link to the Options page for details and images

 


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