|Industry||Musical instrument manufacturing|
|Founder||Adam Cole and Bradley Clark|
Lap steel guitars
Cole Clark is a manufacturer of guitars and other fretted instruments based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 2001 Cole Clark uses unique designs, live pickup technology, and of sustainably sourced timbers.
Cole Clark guitars are made largely using Australian indigenous timbers. Solid timber is used in preference to plywood. Top timbers span equally across Bunya Pine, Australian Blackwood and Australian Grown Californian Redwood as top sellers, with small numbers of Spruce, Mahogany and Huon Pine. Back and side timbers include Australian Blackwood, Queensland Maple,and Maple Silkwood.
The company has a commitment to sustainability and have all but replaced endangered fretboard timbers like rosewood and ebony with alternatives such as Blackbean and Sheoak.
Primarily, Cole Clark produce acoustic guitars, but also venture into lapsteels and bass. Previously the company has produced ukeleles and electric guitars. These are currently not in production.
The Cole Clark acoustic range includes the ‘Fat Lady’ Dreadnaught models in 6 and 12 string, ‘Angel’ grand auditorium and ‘Little Lady’ travel guitar. The timber conbination possibilities mean that the above models have up to 30 different combinations and back and side timber, hence a different product name.
Far Lady and Angel models are available in 1, 2 and 3 series. Each with varying levels of features. The Little Lady at this stage is available only in a 1 and 2 series.
In a joint venue with Melbourne bass maker Neil Kennedy, Cole Clark released the ‘Long Lady’ electric bass line in 2017.
Cole Clark uses a patented ‘3-way’ system that combines 3 elements (under saddle piezo assembly, face brace sensor, and a condenser mic) that work together, hearing only frequencies they are best equipped to handle to deliver less ‘quack’ and ‘ping’ that the average acoustic pickup and eliminating many of the feedback issues associated with such instruments.
At midday on 27 August 2013, a fire devastated the Cole Clark factory, halting production for almost a year.
Some notable artists that use and endorse Cole Clark guitars include:
- Pete Murray
- Eskimo Joe
- Alex Lloyd
- Patrick Rondat
- Lloyd Spiegel
- Tex Perkins
- Ben Harper
- Tim Rogers
- Jack Johnson
- Omar Rodríguez-López
- Xavier Rudd
- Angus & Julia Stone