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Kostal OMC Luthier’s Choice

Kostal OMC Luthier’s Choice

Price: $32,800

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This Luthier's Choice OMC  has a beautiful, rich, and sonorous tone that speaks volumes of Jason's uniquely sourced wood in this guitar. Jason's brilliant esthetic and remarkable world-class luthier skills further enhance this beautiful instrument.

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The "Luthier's Choice" Bog Oak Guitar — Jason Kostal's words:

Fresh from the Woodstock Luthier Invitational, I am excited to offer this one-of-a-kind new OMC for sale. This is the first time in my career that I have come to a guitar show with a guitar for sale. Given my backlog of customers, I stopped taking new orders about three years ago, which means I never have had time to create something for myself.

At the beginning of 2023, I made the decision that I would build one guitar this year; that was an opportunity for me to both try things that I have wanted to do for a while and create something from the heart that was special to me as a person as well as a luthier. The result is this beautiful OMC, which I am excited to share with the world.

I love guitars with a story behind them, and I set out to make this one special from the beginning. The top is a set of sinker redwood from the Pacific Northwest that is believed to be roughly 210 years old and came from a fellow luthier. The back and sides are a set of 10,000+ year-old English bog oak that were sourced and hand-selected for me by fellow luthier and exhibitor Rosie Heydenrych of Turnstone Guitars.

The birch burl used in the rosette and end graft is from my property in Alaska, where I used to run a veteran-oriented charity called The 98Fund, where we care for the children and spouses of our fallen. The western red cedar used for the back of the peghead veneer is from the very first top that I bought as a luthier.

I know this guitar will be a wonderful addition to someone's guitar family.


It's hard to add much to Jason's excellent characterization of this incredible guitar. I do want to add that this Luthier's Choice OMC  has a beautiful, rich, and sonorous tone that speaks volumes of Jason's uniquely sourced wood in this guitar. Jason's brilliant esthetic and remarkable world-class luthier skills further enhance this beautiful instrument. I fully understand why Jason is thrilled with it, and I think you will be, too.

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

Jason Kostal's guitars are definitely different than most of the ones that you see out there every day in a lot of ways. One of the things that sets him apart from many of his peers is the fact that he has been a player and a collector for years and these two experiences greatly mold his opinions and expectations of what a guitar is and what it can become. Every single thing that Jason does is a result of very sincere and concerted thought about each individual aspect of the guitar and what it does or what it should do. Jason received his first guitar for his 5th birthday and was hooked from then on. Initially a Roberto-Venn School of lutherie graduate, then Roberto-Venn instructor with his own shop, then an advanced apprentice to Ervin Somogyi in San Fransisco, Jason's trajectory of discovery led him to the very depths of guitars making, allowing him to approach guitar building in a manner far different from what most other luthiers bring to the craft. Jason believes in elegance through simplicity, where every aspect of an instrument has been thought through and crafted to the most minute detail. Every guitar Jason builds is a one of a kind journey that he embarks on with each individual customer, a journey to the heart of instrumental elegance through simplicity.

Serial number216
Soundboard200+-year-old sinker redwood
Back and sides10,000+ year old English bog oak
Neck1 piece Honduran mahogany
Scale length25"
Nut width1.75"
Fretwiremedium tall
Top bracesSitka spruce
Back bracesHonduran mahogany
Rosettestained glass (Alaskan birch burl)
End graft200+ year-old sinker redwood
Headcap veneertwo-tone (Gaboon ebony and English bog oak
Back headstock veneerwestern red cedar
BindingGaboon ebony with maple/dyed maple veneer
Side position markerswhite
BackstripAlaskan birch burl, sinker redwood, ebony
BridgeGaboon ebony
TunersGotoh 510 gold/ebony
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