Founded in 2001, Cole Clark combines classical construction with innovative design and manufacturing techniques to produce a lighter, stronger, unique guitar with a natural amplified sound.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Company Name: Australian Native Musical Instruments Pty Ltd.
Brand: Cole Clark Guitars.
Registered: August 2001
CEO: Miles Jackson
Employees: 39
Distribution: 18 export countries and domestic retail.
Core Business: Manufacturing of acoustic guitars is Australia.
Sales Method: No direct sales. Sales through retail stores and distributors.
Major International Suppliers: Graph Tech, Grover, Gator.

UNIQUE CONSTRUCTION

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 attached, mostly with a bolt or dove tail join. Due to our method, the sound is unique. 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.

NATURAL PICKUP

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.

TIMBERS

Cole Clark guitars are all solid timber using mostly native Australian tone woods that are largely sustainable.

COMPANY HISTORY

2001
– Cole Clark started by Bradley Clark and Adam Cole to make a Spanish Heel through neck acoustic guitar with the world’s best pickup.
-10 Investor Share Holders fund the business.
– Purchase 2 x 5 Axis CNC Router, sanders, band saws compressors, climate control, forklift, wood drying kilns, paint booth.
2002
– Release ‘Mistress’, ‘Guardian’ and ‘Culprit’ Electric Guitar models and Violap Lapsteel.
2003
– Release Fat Lady Acoustic guitar and 2 Way pickup featuring Patented Face Sensor
2004
– Adam Cole leaves Cole Clark.
2005
– Release ‘Ukelady’ concert and ‘Jack Tenor’ Ukulele.
2008
– Release ‘Angel’ Grand Auditorium.
2009
– New Bracing System introduced for Acoustic Fat Lady
2010
– Bradley Clark departs Cole Clark
– Introduced the new 3 Way pickup
2012
– 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 Angels and Fat Ladies.
2013
– Adjust bracing behind the bridge on both acoustic models.
– Major fire, 5 months out of production, new CNC, paint booth, drying kilns, redesign, production flow and quality control.
– Discontinue Ukulele’s
2014
– Introduce Australian Grown Californian Redwood
– Recover from fire, rebuild new systems.
2015
– Make Headstock Fascia standard on all 2 and 3 series guitars.
– Prototype and release ‘Little Lady’ Mini Guitar.
– Introduce African Mahogany grown in Australia
– Prototype ‘Long Lady’ Electric Bass guitar.