Having a great guitar is a daily joy and brings immense pleasure whatever your standard. The better the guitar, the more you'll enjoy playing, the more you'll play, the more you enjoy playing ... repeat ad nauseam!
So, what does YOUR luthier think is the right guitar for you? Take his advice, which is far more valuable than any you will find here, given that you seem to have settled on the maker. Do not buy a dog and then try and bark yourself.
Good advice.Rick Beauregard wrote: ↑Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:33 pmI'm a believer in "buy local". Unless you plan to be the next Bream, and hire your own personal luthier to live with you, find someone your region and start sampling some of his or her products.
If you can afford a handmade guitar built by a local artisan, do it if for no other reason than to perpetuate the artistry of these masters in your community.
Totally agree. I went for it last fall and ordered a hand made guitar from a local luthier whom I had met at a festival the year before. It has been a very enjoyable (and educational) ride. The instrument is fantastic! And I have made a new friend. Plus the quality and playability of the guitar is so much better than what I used to play, that it has changed my playing (something I did not expect at all!).Rick Beauregard wrote:If you can afford a handmade guitar built by a local artisan, do it if for no other reason than to perpetuate the artistry of these masters in your community.
I agree! I made the decision to buy a luthier made guitar as a self-gift for my 60th birthday. Ervin Somogyi lives 20 minutes from my house, but alas, I can't afford him. After researching many luthiers here and on the Official Luthier's website, I commissioned an instrument from Trevor Gore. It worked out wonderfully!
Same for me on the new friend part. Steve has become a good friend and we participate in local guitar circles and recitals together. He's also n intermediate student played like me. It's also great to have the maker nearby. Steve checks out my guitar periodically and offers free tune ups. He even called me to remind me to humidify when the forecast called for a drop in humidity last winter. And of course I couldn't be happier with my guitar. I get to try out his new guitars and see them in progress to see the care he put into Solidarity. And his workshop is on my local tour whenever friends come to stay with me. He loves to show it off. (Not much else to do in Blaine!).tormodg wrote: ↑Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:35 amTotally agree. I went for it last fall and ordered a hand made guitar from a local luthier whom I had met at a festival the year before. It has been a very enjoyable (and educational) ride. The instrument is fantastic! And I have made a new friend. Plus the quality and playability of the guitar is so much better than what I used to play, that it has changed my playing (something I did not expect at all!).Rick Beauregard wrote:If you can afford a handmade guitar built by a local artisan, do it if for no other reason than to perpetuate the artistry of these masters in your community.
48 hours would be a short trial but at least it's long enough to get to know the instrument. No need to feel guilty (unless you've put a great big scratch in the soundboard!). With the home trial you can put the guitar down, go back to it, sleep and go back to it in the morning with fresh ears. The alternative is to go into a dealers and of course you have a far greater choice, maybe too great in that you might be subject to guitar overdose. Even then you are likely to only have an hour or so with any one guitar. You also might feel under pressure to make a decision.fraim wrote: ↑Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:36 pmhere's a noteworthy problem... how to "play as many as you can" with a luthier made guitar? sure, you can get one for a trial but if you don't like it in the (usual 48hrs) time frame, you're sending it back & that shipping price for multiple trials can add up. plus i would feel real guilty sending someones heart & soul work back because i didn't like something about it to my hearing or feel. thoughts?
Perhaps a trivial point to make, but I will make it anyways:msb wrote: ↑Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:26 pmI am currently wrestling with a decision (or many decisions) related to getting my first luthier made guitar. My first dilemma is whether I am worthy of making such a large jump in the quality of the guitar I play! I am self taught, with limited time and have been playing for around 10 years, so my skills are fairly limited. However If it makes playing more enjoyable, incentivises practice and makes me happy perhaps it is worth it?
So if I park that decision and say that its probably more efficient financially than buying incrementally better guitars over time and having to sell them on. My next problem is exactly what I should get. I know that I prefer the sound of cedar so that's sorted. However the luthier I have in mind makes both double top cedar guitars that have received a lot of acclaim from local musicians far better than I and he also makes a more traditional model based on Friederich designs. It seems that a lot of performers are going for double top guitars, but is this mainly for volume and projection? I don't really have any aspiration to play in public and certainly not in any large setting so these attributes aren't so important to me, so I don't want to sacrifice tone for projection. Does this mean I should stick with the more traditional design? I keep toing and froing on this, the double top is more expensive, but not enough to be a big issue. Part of me likes the idea of having a guitar using the latest 'technology', and part of me like the idea of tradition.
So I'd be grateful for any comments/advice that will help solidify my resolve to purchase and help me choose between the available options.
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