Amazing Classical Guitars and Multi-Strings
Guitars in Blaine Washington
Players' Express Appreciation ....
Hi Steve,It was great seeing you yesterday and I really enjoyed our chat. Iím really tickled with my new guitar Ė it has such a warm, living sound and the basses and trebles are so perfectly matched. It doesnít sound booming and over powering like I believe so many double-topped are alleged to be. Itís perfect. The trebles respond so well to vibrato and it lends itself so well to the Latin repertoire. I dug out my Latin repertoire from years ago, TŠrrega, Barrios and Villa-Lobos and it sounded amazing. Thank you for such wonderful craftsmanship. Itís so obvious you really put your heart and soul into whatís no doubt a true calling.
the best / Mike
Hi Steve, weíre back and Iíve just been playing this (Torres FE5). I think itís great and full of charm. Playability is outstanding. Lovely warm old world sound.
Just dropping a line to let you know Iím having a ball playing with my new pride and joy. Itís sweet. Thank you and please give yourself a pat on the back for your amazing talent in producing these works of art. The resonance from the guitarís body reverberates back to my spine and forward again and makes the guitar feel like itís part of my body. Iíve never had that sensation with any guitar before. It really feels alive. Excellent.
Iíve looked up images of box elder burl and it is really exquisite wood Ė you should use it all the time in my opinion. The burl pattern is in perfect juxtaposition to your torch theme.
Ok....where to begin....
I feel a need to express my gratitude and appreciation for your work and very approachable good nature. I cannot say enough about the guitars you built for me. Best of all, working with you has been fun.
Rondo will continue to amaze my for a long time. It has so much sonic potential. I have become addicted to playing it. I have learned that when I get so much out of a guitar, I tend to play better, and my technique is automatically improving.
Vivace is just as wonderful, with a totally different voice.
I spent 2 hours with Viv this morningŗ°≠ without words. She totally opened up overnight. I noticed that there seemed to be a bit more distinction between notes, great sustain still, but with less interference than beforeŠĻĘe that is what you meant by more clear sound? Maybe the strings have something to do with itťī®er way, the neck shape is just right for me and that helps a lot. This is a gorgeous guitar in appearance, playability and especially sound. It is more than I had hoped for. I really could not find a single thing that is not 100% or more than what I wanted.
You are truly a gifted craftsman and luthier!
Many many thanks,
|Steve. Wanted to let you
know that today I received the guitar. And I am really
glad I decided to get it. Even though the strings are
still settling, the sound is clear, easy to play, action
just right, and wonderful colors. The wood is
impressive. Too beautiful to live. The pictures
posted don't nearly make justice. You should be
very proud of your guitars. Will cherish it always.
I cannot get enough of this guitar;
Thank you, Steve Botel
|Steve. Happy to inform
you that the guitar
finally arrived. It came safe and sound. A very
nice guitar and plays easily. If you don't mind
sharing what strings come with the guitar. Brand and
tension. Because of the trip the strings are still
settling. I have been excited playing. Noticed the
fret raised board. The duo tone of the cedar top
adds personality. The Tell your son Micah he did a
beautiful job with the rosette. Will keep
playing the guitar when it settles I will send you
further comments. As of right now I am very
I restrung the guitar with some Dogal Diamante Regular. The guitar is playing exquisite
guitars!...I really love SunDog and i really would
like an 8-string version.....
Very versatile guitar it is ! i've been playing a lot of flamenco on it lately, but she plays any kind of Classical and Latin Jazz like a champ as well.
Strong fundamentals and quick attack! Extremely easy to play too........,Which is probably why i've been playing a lot of flamenco on it lately........LOL.
i've written some modern flamenco pieces that i want to record........
Talk soon, Nacio De Falla
Hi Steve, Just wanted to tell you that you did a nice job on my guitar . I am very satisfied with it. It plays real nice now. I thank you and wish you well. Rich
(Steve's note: this was an adjustment of Rich's guitar)Rich Rorex Guitar Studio
Hey Steve, I love my new guitarra, I simply adore it!!!
It turned out better then I ever imagined.
Congratulations Steve, you are a very fine artist
|I recently bought an 8
string guitar ("Ocho" ) which
you built in December, 1997. The resonance of the
instrument is amazing! It has a gorgeous tone and
I am very pleased with it......
Thanks for building such a fine guitar.
Read it from my lips, This is the best guitar I've ever had in my hands.
Now after 2 days of quite intensive playing (I was "sick" on the job today in favor of practising, ahum) it has started to sing, to swing somehow. I've never owned a guitar with such a delicate sound which sometimes seems to play by itself. I'm looking so forward to being instructed regularly again - that will be a great jump forward again (years too late, but there are still 60 to come).
The guitar looks amazing, I love all the little touches, awesome purfling and rosette, the curves are very beautiful, unlike any other cutaway guitar I've seen. really great job in putting all the colors together, it has a peaceful yet strong vibe befitting of a Capricorn. It sounds really good. very much like the Batuque, which is exactly what i wanted, except not as loud, but i guess that's expected with the cutaway. it sounds really natural in the higher positions, which is really important to me. it's easy and fun to play, thanks for the two saddles! I will be experimenting with both. the setup is great, very easy to play, the shape of the neck is awesome, love the flattened out heel, and the string spacing is great! I appreciate your expertise with the spacing, since i was pretty much guessing in terms of what i wanted. you nailed it. an hour into it, I'm already discovering great new voicings with the new string. ...
Bart Migal (New York)
I have recently purchased one of your classical guitars from Marty at world concert guitars. After shopping around all over the new york area, your guitar was a clear winner - i can't put it down. I will be giving the guitar to my father for christmas, and i'm sure it will be the best guitar he has ever played, let alone owned. i am also shopping for a 7 string classical guitar for me. i'm wondering if you make 7 string guitars, and if so, what one of similar construction and wood (but with a cutaway) would cost, and how long the wait would be.
Thanks for the great guitar. The time you put into the rosette, the French Polish finish and the entire instrument was evident as soon as I pulled it out from the case. Everyone who has seen and heard it thinks it looks and sounds great. The highs are crisp the way I wanted them to sound when we first discussed the project. What was surprising however, was how rich the bass sounded when I first plucked that low Ôćä string. The guitar sounds well balanced across all the strings. Nice and clear. It also projects quite nicely. No need to play hard in order to produce sound and an overall beautiful tone. ...
Thanks again for a great guitar. I will have many years of pleasure playing this instrument.
Regards, Rich Perrotta (left hander)
I have to tell you that the "Prť¨Ķde" did amazingly well at the
The basses are dark in color, well suited for contrapuntal works, or they can
I'm doing good. Next year, I will try
guitar competition in Japan.
guitarist, second prize winner, Northwest Guitar
Everybody loves Mani! (I, the first!) It's amazing the way it is opening up, kind of blossoming, like a flower.
I love the guitar. You are a great luthier.
Huayna Jimenez, 11
string guitarist composer (Dominican Republic)
3/18/2003: Hi Steve, The guitar just arrived. Only one word to describe it: awesome. I mean two words: awesome and beauuutiful. Great sound just like you described it once: "velvet". The blackwood is just gorgeous. And the bass? Rich like pure velvet. Thank you Steve for a wonderful and painstaking work. You're a wonderful luthier.
3/25/2003: Last night I got together with a professional guitarist, Roger Bustamante http://home.netcom.com/~rdbflute/lgem4.html . He loved the guitar a lot. He himself actually owns a Casa Montalvo 7 string that simply doesn't compare to "velveteen". He said that himself. He also said that you did a really fine job and that he's happy for me for getting that deal (which has to do with your pricing too).
I was really impressed working with
Steve as he built a custom left-handed guitar for
me. It was a long-distance, e-mail relationship
since I live in Alaska. He was very willing to work
with my ideas for a guitar and flexible with my
choices as we went through the process. He also gave
me great advice and steered me back on course when I
had a few ideas that could have been disastrous. I
can't imagine that the guitar could have come out
better. Steve chose beautiful pieces of wood and fit
them together so that the various woods and grain
patterns make a complete composition rather than
just a guitar. The playability of the guitar is
excellent. Steve paid considerable attention to the
exact details of fret position and intonation, so
that tuning is a breeze and playing in various high
and low positions does not make the guitar sound out
of tune. Sounds simple enough but very hard to
accomplish. The tone of my guitar is wonderful even
when brand new. It has a rich, mellow and yet very
clear and strong quality with a full range of
My new 8 string (made by Steve Ganz) is the best guitar I have ever played. I love it. .... I have 11 very nice classical guitars and Ocho is one of my good ones. The extra strings are just perfect for me. The whole instrument just vibrates! Wonderful sound - like an organ. Steve is great builder and has the passion for guitar building like no other.
Steve Jones (California)