Who plays a Greg Byers?

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Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by soltirefa » Fri May 17, 2019 2:59 am

Copying Rob's Romanillos thread and replacing the luthier.

I know his guitars are revered, and I know a couple players who have played his guitars in the past, but no longer. I'm wondering who currently plays a Byers.

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Dmitrypey » Fri May 17, 2019 4:03 am

Nowadays, there are so many great luthiers, that it seems like no one really predominates with famous concert guitarists.
Its not like back in the day when Ramirez and Hauser were the go to guitars.

Everyone seems to be playing a different guitar.
Gohar Vardanyan plays Rompre, Tariq Harb plays a wonderfull Douglass Scott guitar, Tatyana Ryzhkova plays spruce and cedar by Bruck, Kulikova plays guitars by Simon Marty, Jeffrey McFadden plays Dominelli.
Vidovic plays Redgate.
All these guitars are very different, but sound amazing in their hands!

Even with all wood lattice guitars. Greg Byers was one of their original famous builders. But nowadays Connor and Joshia De Jonge are also on top.

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Dofpic » Fri May 17, 2019 12:45 pm

Of Lattice Braced guitars I find his the most beautiful sounding. They play super easy for both hands. Beautiful craftsmanship.
2006 Greg Byers(fan)2009 Eric Monrad(maple) 2018 Simon Ambridge Model 40 Satinwood. 2003 Tacchi Simplcio satinwood 2017 E. Bottelli 52 Hauser, 2002 Jeff Elliott spruce, 2017 Richard Reynoso, spruce/maple, 2015 Herman Hauser III(Cedar)2005 Tacchi Coclea

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Paul Micheletti » Fri May 17, 2019 4:17 pm

My music instructor plays a Byers as his primary instrument. He sold his Ramirez 1A and is thinking about also selling his Humphreys Millenium.

His Byers is an older one when he still made them with fan braces and not lattice. It was badly abused by a previous owner, with deep nail strikes all over the top. I cleaned the black grot out of the dents with naptha and touched up the Polish on the top to preserve it for the next few decades. It is a wonderful sounding instrument even if it is cosmetically challenged.
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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Les Backshall » Fri May 17, 2019 5:27 pm

Valerie Hartzell plays a Byers. Lovely sounding guitar, 630mm if I recall correctly.
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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by jake39 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:23 pm

The only one I can think of besides Valerie Hartzell mentioned above in Benjamin Beirs. I'm pretty sure he still plays his exclusively.

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Ken Whisler » Fri May 17, 2019 8:55 pm

Kevin Gallagher
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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Dofpic » Fri May 17, 2019 9:15 pm

There are many fine players that play Byers but do not have a world class name. Jonathan Moeller won the GFA playing a spruce Byers. I own both fan and lattice braced. Prefer fan but the lattice really has a beautiful tone.
2006 Greg Byers(fan)2009 Eric Monrad(maple) 2018 Simon Ambridge Model 40 Satinwood. 2003 Tacchi Simplcio satinwood 2017 E. Bottelli 52 Hauser, 2002 Jeff Elliott spruce, 2017 Richard Reynoso, spruce/maple, 2015 Herman Hauser III(Cedar)2005 Tacchi Coclea

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by soltirefa » Fri May 17, 2019 9:38 pm

Dofpic wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 9:15 pm
There are many fine players that play Byers but do not have a world class name. Jonathan Moeller won the GFA playing a spruce Byers.
Johannes Möller?

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by jake39 » Fri May 17, 2019 10:34 pm

I think both Moller and Gallagher are playing different instruments now. I know Gallagher has a Velasquez he's been making videos with recently.

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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by Ken Whisler » Fri May 17, 2019 11:15 pm

Gallagher put a LOT of playing time on his Byers, and his FB page shows him using it as recently as Feb. 2018
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Re: Who plays a Greg Byers?

Post by astro64 » Sat May 18, 2019 2:59 am

A few more:

Kithara guitar duo, one of the members of the Altius guitar duo, Connie Sheu, Lynn McGrath, Pamela Kimmel

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