I received a new guitar yesterday, which is an a double top by the young Italian luthier Claudia F.D'Ammassa.
I spend quite a lot of time looking on the internet looking at makers, and seeing her beautifully built guitars, I decided to ask Claudia to build me a spruce double top.
The guitar exceeds all expectations - it is loud, tonally responsive, has perfect intonation and is a pleasure to play. It was less that 2K Euros, which for a DT is remarkable value (but as she gains reputation, the prices will obviously soon rise). I can't post commercial links here, but PM me if you want contact details.
I also own an Adalid/ Hopf membrane double top in Cedar, so I wanted a complete contrast this time.
I have done a very rough comparison video. I say it is rough, because there are people walking in and out of the room, I am still learning the piece/ reading from the score and also I'm a bit of an aggressive player - but you can see the contrast in the two guitars because the recording settings are exactly the same.
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D'Ammassa Spruce/Spruce Double Top