View Full Version : a new Clark Octave

Austin Clark
Feb-11-2009, 3:14pm
This came out pretty nice, I think. Engelmann Spruce and Bigleaf Maple, lacquer finish. Really smooth sound and quite loud, it is x braced, 20" scale and 14.245" at the lower bout.

The design is loosely based on the body of the D'Angelico New Yorker, but I was looking for a more feminine, sexy version than the hunky masculinity that the New Yorker has.

Skip Kelley
Feb-11-2009, 3:24pm
Austin, You have outdone yourself! Absolutely beautiful!!

Bob Wiegers
Feb-11-2009, 3:25pm
This came out pretty nice, I think.

that is a severe understatement. beautiful!

Feb-11-2009, 3:36pm


first string
Feb-11-2009, 3:57pm
I've been waiting to see this one...Gorgeous as always Austin. OMAS is really acting up now.

oldwave maker
Feb-11-2009, 4:14pm
Delicious! Sorry to miss the gomfest at wintergrass this year!

Feb-11-2009, 4:20pm
Austin I went to your website to see how many pennies I need to save to get one of these beauties. Your site mentions an "Octave Cutaway" with a 22" scale. Is the one listed above 22" or did you shorten it up? If you shortened it, what's your assessment on the difference in scale length?

It's an amazing looking instrument.

Feb-11-2009, 4:23pm
Soundbite, soundbite, soundbite. Please!

Chuck Naill
Feb-11-2009, 7:47pm
Simply beautiful, Austin. :disbelief:


Austin Clark
Feb-11-2009, 7:58pm
Thanks all! It was a fun project and I have more on the way. Definitely a lot of wood to move, though...

OH, and thanks Charlie, you caught a typo on my website. I have been updating my webpage over the last couple of weeks and I wrote that copy a while ago. I originally drew it as a 22" scale but I wanted to put the bridge in a different place than that allowed and still join the neck/body at the 12th fret . Plus, the smaller scale length just appealed to me. After some string experimentation, I think it works pretty well. I am not above trying the longer scale length in a future model.

Shoot Bill, I was hoping to get to meet you at WG! Hans too...

Feb-11-2009, 9:59pm
Very classy Austin. Soundclips please! :popcorn:

Feb-11-2009, 10:37pm
Glad to hear it's 20". It just sounds like it would be a lot more comfortable.

steve V. johnson
Feb-11-2009, 11:00pm
I, who do not generally like GOMs, have melted.

Congrats on a beautiful, beautiful instrument.



Chris Biorkman
Feb-11-2009, 11:25pm
That is seriously cool.

Dan Voight
Feb-11-2009, 11:38pm
Very classy. Love the stain color and binding together. It works.

Feb-11-2009, 11:52pm
Beauty, Austin! What a cool looking instrument.

Feb-11-2009, 11:55pm
Wow, I would be happy to evaluate that for you. Great lines and color, the work looks spot on too. I used to have MAS, happily it's mostly gone but my GBOMAS is flaring up :)

Feb-12-2009, 9:16am
Beautiful work Austin!

Feb-12-2009, 9:59am
Austin - will this be comming to Wintergrass perchance?

Ken Olmstead
Feb-12-2009, 11:14am
Austin, that is sensational!!

Brad Weiss
Feb-12-2009, 11:24am
Oh, dear- that is TOO nice!! Like some of Michael Lewis's great guitars - you nailed the D'Angelico vibe. Where am I going to find the cash for this!!

Feb-14-2009, 12:07am
I've got to put a plug in here for Austin and encourage anyone going to Wintergrass to stop by his booth. I had the pleasure of seeing the progress of the octave and Mandola and a few of the others in Austins last batch. Pictures & probably sound clips are simply not the same as the "in person experience"!


Feb-15-2009, 12:23am
Hey Guys,
I got to play this beauty today! Wonderful, big, fat, sound. Nice and balanced all the way across and up the neck. Has a rich, voice with loads of range. This baby will be HOT at wintergrass! Somebody will fall in love with it!