A great guitar at a great price. A new Frieson will go for $7000+, probably more if its African Blackwood.
I recently acquired a Frieson Swiss Spruce/Madagascar and now play on it exclusively. Truly a phenomenal instrument that sounds better with each passing week. Balanced up and down the neck, powerful, very sustaining, grand and open sounding, good presence, powerful E string. Basses are rich, deep, powerful, yet focused. The trebles are present, clear, rich and full with a bright sparkle. The tone of this guitar really stands out as being colorful and full of character that responds exceptionally well to tonal shaping. Traditionally built all around. Pardon my enthusiasm, I've just been really happy with this guitar and its been well over a month.
I'd imagine this blackwood sounds similar to my guitar since the only difference is the back and sides. I've compared Jims guitars with other high end instruments and his guitars really stand out at even higher price points. I also got to try a Redwood/Madagascar Frieson side by side which was also excellent - Even deeper cello-like basses and warmer/rounder trebles, but I personally gravitate toward the tonal palette, complexity and sparkle that spruce offers.
"Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.
Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few." - Christopher Parkening
2014 James Frieson | Swiss Spruce . Madagascar Rosewood