Cole Clark Guitars combine classical construction with innovative design, sustainably sourced woods and the world’s most natural sounding pickup to produce a stronger, lighter, unique instrument for the modern acoustic player.
Company Name: Australian Native Musical Instruments Pty Ltd.
Brand: Cole Clark Guitars.
Registered: August 2001
CEO: Miles Jackson
Distribution: 32 export countries and domestic retail.
Core Business: Manufacturing of acoustic guitars, electric bass guitars and lap steel guitars in Australia.
Sales Method: No direct sales. Sales through retail stores and distributors.
Major International Suppliers: Graph Tech, Grover, Elixir, Lollar, Aguilar.
Cole Clark steel string acoustic guitars are the only main stream acoustic to use a Spanish heel or integral neck construction. This means the neck is glued to the face along with the sides and the back so the neck is one piece all the way to the sound hole. On other guitars, the body is made, then the neck is attached, mostly with a bolt or dove tail join. The integral neck construction is essential for our advanced pickup technology and gives our guitars a unique character. Cole Clark also has a carved top and back and uses a ridge system to join the sides to the top and back instead of kerfing.
The Cole Clark patented pickup system is the most acoustic sounding pickup available.
Aimed at finding a more natural tone when amplified and eliminating piezo ‘quack’, our pickups comprise different elements that only hear certain frequencies which they’re best equipped to handle. This is done using a combination of 6 loaded piezos under the saddle for bottom end, a face sensor that can be blended in to hear frequencies in the mid to high range (350hz maximum crossover) and a condenser microphone shelved to hear only extreme highs. For a detailed description of our preamp, check out our pickups page.
Cole Clark guitars are all solid timber using mostly native Australian tone woods that are largely sustainable. Take a look at a detailed list of our timbers.
– Cole Clark started by Bradley Clark and Adam Cole to make a Spanish Heel through neck acoustic guitar with the world’s best pickup.
– Investor shareholders fund the business including Miles Jackson, Bill Pizzy and Paul Dutton.
– Purchase 2 x 5 Axis CNC Router, sanders, band saws compressors, climate control, forklift, wood drying kilns, paint booth.
– Release ‘Mistress’, ‘Guardian’ and ‘Culprit’ electric guitar models.
– Karl Krauss joins Cole Clark (Operations manager)
– Release ‘Fat Lady’ acoustic guitar (1 and 2 series) and 2 way pickup featuring patented Face Sensor.
– Release ‘Violap’ and ‘Lapdog’ lapsteels.
– Lloyd Spiegel joins Cole Clark. (clinician and product advisor).
– Adam Cole departs Cole Clark.
– Release 3 series ‘Fat Lady’ models.
– Andy Baraclough joins Cole Clark. (research and development manager).
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to USA.
– Release ‘Ukelady’ concert ukulele.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to Japan.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to UK.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to Canada.
– Release ‘Jack Tenor’ ukulele.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to South East Asia.
– Release ‘Angel’ grand auditorium.
– New bracing system introduced for acoustic ‘Fat Lady’.
– Rob Langley joins Cole Clark (Production manager).
– Bradley Clark departs Cole Clark.
– Introduced 3 Way pickup system.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to South Africa through TOMS.
– Cease production of electric guitars.
– Miles Jackson joins as CEO. (Miles was an original investor).
– Re-spec range making all 2 and 3 Series guitars with 3 way pickup as standard and 1 Series with 2 Way pickups.
– Introduce non cutaway ‘Angel’ grand auditorium and match feature sets and price points of ‘Angel’ and ‘Fat Lady’ models.
– Release Angel 1 series.
– Adjust bracing behind the bridge on both acoustic models.
– Release ‘Hollow Lapdog’ model.
– Use of Blackwood as top timber.
– Introduce Huon Pine.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to France through Saico.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to Italy through Gold music.
– Major fire, 5 months out of production, new CNC, paint booth, drying kilns, redesign, production flow and quality control.
– Discontinue ukulele’s.
– Introduce Redwood Sempivirons and Cedar of Lebanon.
– Export first Cole Clark guitars to Hong Kong through Parson’s Music.
– Recover from fire, rebuild new systems.
– Release ‘Angel’ 3 series models.
– Change official logo.
– Make headstock fascia standard on all 2 and 3 series guitars.
– Introduce African Mahogany grown in Australia.
– Ishibashi joins Cole Clark as distributor for Japan.
– Best Acoustics joins Cole Clark as distributor for Germany.
– Release AE models. The first Cole Clark guitars made using no endangered timber.
– Introduce Blackbean as sustainable fretboard alternative.
– Introduce big tree Redwood and urban recovery project in Jamieson Victoria.
– Paul Gale joins Cole Clark. (Special projects in electronics and development).
– Updated to thinner neck profile.
– Release ‘Little Lady’ mini models.
– Change to VX bracing.
– Introduce European Maple as a limited run.
– MusicWorks joins Cole Clark as Distributor in New Zealand.
– Introduce Sheoak as fretboard and bridge timber.
– Release Satin Box fretboard Vegan guitars.
– 94 percent of guitars sold are 100% sustainable timbers.
– Cole Clark wins ‘Best In Show’ Award at The NAMM Show.
– Begin as distributor for Baton Rouge Guitars, La Mancha Guitars, Timber Tone Picks.
– Introduce ‘Long Lady’ Bass models designed by Neil Kennedy
– KORG USA joins Cole Clark as distributor for North America.
– Music Nova joins Cole Clark as distributor for Switzerland.
– Introduce Humbucker dual output models.
– Purchase of Lucas Mill to assist in urban recovery.
– Introduce Southern Silky Oak.
– GuitarGuitar stores enter into direct distribution in the UK.
– Re-introduce Violap lapsteel.
– Pass the 45,000 guitars built mark.
– NAMM show release of extended humbucker models – 12 string, Little Lady, 1 series and Lloyd Spiegel signature.
– Andertons and PMT stores enter into direct distribution to the UK.
– Removal of terms Fat Lady, Angel, Little Lady & Long Lady from website, promotions & advertising. Model codes remain the same.
– Introduction of ‘TL’ Thinline models.
– Second shift starts March 1.
– European Music Imports joins Cole Clark as distributor for much of Europe.