This is the guitar I would seek out and find if the price were down to earth. Tacoma does not list the price on this guitar because it is so very unique.
The Cedar top on this guitar came from a tree in Washington's Clearwater-Salmon River area. This tree was salvaged from a swampy flat about ten miles inland from the coast. It had been totally submerged for over 600 years. Tacoma knows this because it had a 600-year-old tree growing on top of it. The tree was over 2000 years old when it fell. It had a slight left-handed twist in the trunk, which meant it was non-phototropic, grew more slowly, and packed its growth tightly.
The EK36C is crisp without being harsh, and is nearly immune to compression. Old woods are better because hundreds of years ago the density levels of our forest lands were much more dense than they are today. Trees grew very closely together. Trees grew at a much slower rate because they were all competing with each other for sunlight, water and basic organic nutrients from the forest floor.
If you look at an older piece of wood you will immediately notice more growth rings per inch and the tighter wood mass definitely plays a part in acoustic resonance.
Today loggers replant trees at a wider space because they know that they can reduce the growth rate from 200 years to 75 years and get the same yield. Also logging the trees becomes much easier when the trees are planted in such a way that would prevent entanglement and accidents during the cutting down process.
A strange paradox occurs, The microscopic tone chambers make the wood unusually light for old dense grain which usually determines the guitar will have to be very heavy.
Because 18th century loggers stamped and dated their logs this wood can actually be dated to the year it was cut. The potential exists for some of this wood to actually be 500 years old.
The tops in the EK36C average over 35 rings per inch, have an indescribably clear tap tone, and required no cutting of old growth timber.
One of a kind. A guitar already aged to perfection.