Lakewood acoustic guitars are now available in Australia and are or sale at Carlingford Music Centre.

Lakewood and what's behind it?

Lakewood creator Martin Seeliger, speaks of his inspirations.

"What is the Sound of Magic? It's when the song you are playing seems to play itself. It's when you pick up a guitar and from the moment you play it you become inspired, and new ideas flow freely with every strum. It's when your guitar becomes the vehicle of your inspiration, and an extension of your soul. It's that elusive element that is the difference between a mass produced, machine-made guitar, and a hand-made instrument that takes on the soul of its creator, and eventually its owner.

Martin Seeliger - Lakewood Creator

I founded Lakewood Guitars back in 1986 with one purpose in mind--- to build very special musical instruments that would become treasured by their owners. My love for the guitar dates back to when I was a boy scout. Playing the guitar together was the one thing I remember most about being with my friends. When I was 18, a man named Manfred Pletz offered me an apprenticeship building guitars in his shop. Most of the instruments we made at that time were classical guitars, so it's no wonder that my first love was this type of instrument. We also built steel string guitars, all kinds of mandolin-type instruments and acoustic basses. It was a great challenge, and as a result I learned many things about this family of stringed instruments. My apprenticeship lasted three years. I will be forever grateful to Manfred for the lessons he gave me.

Upon completing my apprenticeship, I worked as an instrument repairman for local music shops in the area. I quickly learned that guitar repair and restoration can be even more difficult than building a new instrument. During that period, thousands of guitars passed through my hands. I heard many different sounds, and saw many different building techniques. I also got to speak with the owners of these instruments about what they liked and did not like. It was a never-ending learning experience that helped shape the guitar building philosophy I have today."

Introducing the Lakewood D-31CP Dreadnought Guitar

The D-31CP is an acoustic electric guitar with cutaway. It is from the "Natural Series" which means it contains precious woods that are pure and untreated, highlighting  their natural beauty. The finish is an open pore satin gloss (natural finish). The D-31CP has a traditional Dreadnought shape with cutaway. The top is made with solid AAA European Spruce and the back and sides are solid AA Indian rosewood.

The pickup is a Lakewood designed Sonic System, which is nestled in the sound hole for convenience and a more natural look. The one piece mahogany neck has 20 frets with an ebony fretboard.The Schaller M6 tuners are chrome with rosewood buttons adding to the natural look of the guitar. A Hiscox Lakewood case is included. Australian RRP $3195
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