I planned this guitar out for almost two years. I knew what I was looking for, but had a hard time figuring out the details. Last fall, the design finally gelled in my head, but had to wait a while to come together for real in new Hartford.
And ladies and gentlemen, it was worth every second of the wait!
Visually, it's a stunner without compare!, But sonically.....MAN, O MAN, O MAN............
People mention that certain guitars have certain tones, but this guitar has a voice, and it absolutely sings! When John Budny first handed it to me I just kept staring at it until he told me to strum it. I gave it a light brush with my thumb and sound just enveloped the space I was in. (Which, by the way, was in a corner of the workshop with plenty of noise all around.)
The sound is as fine and as firm as silk. There is something that's just comfortable about it. Then I noted that the chord was still ringing....and ringing....and ringing. I'm big on sustain, but this guitar just holds its notes forever! But then I noticed something I've never felt before in ANY guitar. Note the word "felt".
I have occasionally felt that "rumble in the belly" having owned a 1537, an 87 Collector's, and other similar guitars known for their low end punch. But this one was different. The whole instrument was vibrating! Lightly touch it anywhere; bowl, top, neck, headstock; and you could distinctly feel the movement. It's like the whole bloody guitar is harmonically balanced!
About this time, John told me that Mike wanted to see me before the guitar left. Mike built my instrument, and I'm given to understand was devoutly hoping I would never pick it up. So we went to his workbench and, among other things, he informed me that he has lost count of how many guitars he has made, but occasionally, a new guitar has....IT. And this guitar has "IT" in spades. Honestly, you could see the pride in his face as he looked it over again.
Even by custom standards, this guitar is a standout in every way!