Wow. That's an incredibly high output for a single luthier!Scot Tremblay wrote:Finishing can take up to 50% of the time it takes to produce a handmade guitar, for sure. At the yearly output of 50 - 60 guitars, by oneself, it would be necessary to find areas to cut down on build time. Finishing would be the most obvious spot to cut time. As long as the finish protects the wood from damage then no matter what it's visual appeal is, it's doing it's job.
We've become so tuned into a spotless finish on our instruments. I have to admire Mr. Hippner for being able to produce a respected product , one which his customers are most happy to look beyond the surface to see the most important elements of the instrument, tone and playability. Good for him.
Well, just in case there's any confusion, it's not me making that many guitars a year. I'm not sure I could do that many in one year....actually, I'm very sure I couldn't or wouldn't even want to.Michael.N. wrote: Wow. That's an incredibly high output for a single luthier!
The most important messages as far as I am concerned. Long may he continue to satisfy guitar players. Let collectors with more money keep luthiers, who have made other choices, employed. It would be very boring if everyone made the same choices and trade-offs.jake39 wrote:I've played three Hippners. ... .All played and sounded beautifully, ...
I don't think there is a better value out there ...
....Hippners are for playing and a thirty day money back guarantee tells me something about the integrity of the maker. .....
Yes, I understood that you were referring to Darren Hippner.Scot Tremblay wrote:Well, just in case there's any confusion, it's not me making that many guitars a year. I'm not sure I could do that many in one year....actually, I'm very sure I couldn't or wouldn't even want to.Michael.N. wrote: Wow. That's an incredibly high output for a single luthier!
There are a couple North American luthiers, I know, who are pushing out 40+ guitars a year...or at least they say they are. But in order to do those numbers by oneself, corners need to be cut. It's up to the luthier to decide (and ultimately the client) which corners are the least important to the instrument they want to be known for and "X" them.
When I opened this thread 5 years ago, David Norton was the first to respond. He gave me some sound advice that I regret not taking. The 640 that I ended up with is a nice guitar, but for a variety of reasons, I may have been better off with a Hippner. I haven't had any recent experience with his guitars and haven't even window shopped since getting my Della Guistina.Podobin wrote: ↑Mon May 15, 2017 12:06 amHi everyone! I am resurrecting this old thread about Hippner Guitars. I have seen with some interest these Hippner guitars. It seem that they are in what I might call the "accessable luthier" category, along with the likes of Cervantes, GV Rubio and maybe Navarro. Anyone with any recent satisfaction with these models? I have had some interest in his Santos and Rodriguez models. What might be the current opinion of these out there by current owners/players??