"Hollow Notes" was named by its owner, Mark Wally. Mark was looking for a custom guitar unlike anyone had heard or seen before. After a diligent search, Mark and Virgil finally found an amazing grafted walnut top for this guitar. Grafted Walnut, is actually 2 species of Walnut merged together! Franquette Walnut is an ancient variety from Persia. Starting in the 1800's, for commercial Walnut production in the Pacific NW, it was grafted to Claro Walnut rootstock. About 70 years ago, newer hybrid Walnuts were introduced and Franquette was replaced. The last of these old grove trees are now dying and soon there will be no more of this unique wood. Both Claro and Franquette have excellent tonal qualities, exquisite colors and contrast. Legend has it that there was a stack of this wood that was originally used for barns was sold off at auction to a company over in England. Years later the wood was sold to a company back in the pacific northwest and later ended up becoming guitar tops! It also has the first neck Virgil had made from African Khaya wood, which is a dense mahogany. This guitar has some amazing tonal ranges to it that fits Mark's Rock/Jazz/Blues stylings.