We are proud to introduce
our completely new range of eco-friendly premium acoustic guitars. Designed in Great Britain constructed from solid Paulownia
wood, these instruments combine fine traditional design and craftsmanship with sustainable materials for a progressively green
The musical instrument industry has become reliant on the use of exotic tone woods from vulnerable and endangered
species. Ever since our brand's conception, we at Mariner have been concerned about this and have devoted our
efforts to producing a more environmentally friendly guitar.
..............see the wood for the trees!
quest to find an eco friendly alternative tone wood for building our Green Series guitar backs and sides led us into a close
relationship with Paulownia. A strong, rigid and naturally straight-grained timber, Paulownia has a warm natural colour varying
between blonde and light honey in hue. It is stronger than many traditional hardwoods, including Oak and with low moisture
content; it has a high resistance to shrinkage and cracking. Paulownia is fast growing and sustainably farmed on plantations.
It is indigenous to China and subsequently enjoys a very small carbon footprint as a raw material for production in its native
country. It is ready to harvest in just 7 years, compared with 40 – 45 years for Mahogany. When the tree is harvested,
it regenerates from the stump and rootstock, so it can be coppiced rather than felled. It can also be grown successfully with
other crops for economic use of land. The tree has huge leaves that are very efficient at scrubbing CO2 from the atmosphere
and as such, it is one of the most ecologically beneficial timbers to grow. Paulownia weighs in at approximately one third
the weight of Mahogany so guitars constructed from it are lighter and comfortable to play over long periods.Maintaining a
watchful eye on the green credentials of the guitars’ other components, Mariner has chosen to cut its fingerboards and
bridges from Sonokeling. A related species to Rosewood, this timber is also plantation grown and sustainably managed in South
East Asia. Our necks are carved from Nato (a.k.a. “Eastern Mahogany”) - a non-threatened hardwood and substitute
for Mahogany. With no compromise our tops are constructed from readily available Cedar and Sitka Spruce. There is no fossil
based plastic used in construction and for this reason we have chosen not to fit scratch plates as standard. Nuts and saddles
are cut from bone.
Mariner Help for Heroes
Mariner donate guitars to Tedworth House - Defence Recovery Centre for wounded
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Swiss Endorser LACSON to release new album
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biography and pictures on the band's website
August 19th 2012
fearures Mariner eco-friendly guitars
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