Cole Clark FL1AC “Fat Lady” Acoustic Guitar

Guitar Details:

CCFL1AC – Spruce or Bunya Top with Queensland Maple Back and Sides.

Product Specifications

  • All solid timber cutaway dreadnought with internally carved top and back
  • Cole Clark 2 way pickup system
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose (natural satin)
  • Neck: Queensland Maple
  • Top: Solid Bunya (spruce on request)
  • Back and sides: Queensland Maple
  • Inlaid timber rosette.
  • Bridge/Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Machine Heads: Grover
  • Nut/Saddle: Graph Tech Tusq
  • Strings: Elixir Phosphor Bronze 12-53

The Fat Lady Up Close
The Fat Lady 1AC is, if anything, a study in stylish sustainability. While Cole Clark acoustics are still built out of solid woods, they make use of an entire crop of native, fast growing and abundant Australian woods such as Bunya pine and Queensland maple. The Bunya soundboard is perhaps the most striking feature on this acoustic; its varied, colorful grain—alternating between tight, light stripes and wide, deep browns—gives this guitar a striking and immediately recognizable persona. The back, sides and neck are all fashioned from lightly flamed Queensland maple, a wood originally used as a stand-in for mahogany, while the fingerboard is made of solid rosewood. A spruce top is optional and available. The back is also available in Tasmanian blackwood. 

For the most part, Cole Clark lets the woods do most of the talking here on this base model; appointments are kept to a minimum: thin pinstripes of rosewood surround the soundboard and form the rosette; miniaturized pearl dots mark the fingerboard; an angular black pickguard adorns the top; and a stylized three-dimensional headstock displays the company’s decal, but that’s about it. And the thing is, it truly works here—the Bunya top gives this Fat Lady a completely different look from all of the other spruce and cedar variants out there, while the absence of binding and a thin satin nitro finish showcase the seamlessness of the guitar’s construction. The result is an earthy, natural-looking dreadnought that should win over minimalists and environmentalists alike.

I say:

Been after another one of these for years – but they’re a bit tricky to get second hand – I guess that’s because they’re so good!

Awesome clear acoustic sound, shimmering highs and tight, thudding lows – simply one of the best acoustics I’ve tried.

Then there’s the sound when it’s plugged in…..

Quite simply the “Sound I had in my head” AWESOME.  The guitar actually has 2 pickups – one piezo in the bridge, and the Cole Clark “Face Brace Sensor” pickup on the underside of the top.  The preamp has a slider to select (at either extreme) or blend the two pickups.  I found it hard to get a bad sound out of it!

The Face Brace Sensor:  Simple in its concept and design, the Face Brace Sensor is the first pickup that captures vital sounds and tones created by the face of the guitar. The sensor runs across a large section of the face resulting in a truly live signal that has to be heard to be believed.