The Bear was designed and built to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Manzer Guitars.
The inspiration for the guitar came from its unique bear claw top. ("Bear claw" refers to a distinctive feature found in a few spruce trees which makes the wood look as if it has been gouged by the massive claws of a bear.)
Special features include an intricate inlay that celebrates the life of bears in their natural habitat. The bears depicted are rare "Kermode" (pronounced "Ker-Mode-E") or "spirit" bears. While spirit bears resemble polar bears (or albinos), they are actually a variety of black bear found only in northern British Columbia. The inlayed illustration was created using mother of pearl, gold pearl and wood burl bordered by a purple heart and curly maple bevelled veneer.