The Bear

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.