Today we look at the Augustino LoPrinzi guitar. This is an Augustino LoPrinzi AR-38. It’s spruce topped with rosewood back and sides. They are all solid woods. The guitar has a thin almost electric guitar feeling neck. It is a joy to play. This is a hand made guitar. It was built in Clearwater, Florida. It is an early Florida guitar since it has the old style headstock (non-original tuner keys) and label (signed by “Augie”).
The sound is rich with overtones. Fingerpicked, it has the mellow sound that you would expect from a rosewood guitar. Each note is rich in nuance. Flatpicking single notes delivers the same rich goodness. The guitar projects very well into a room. If there is a downside, it would be that when strumming vigorously the overtones can overpower the sound. I adjust my playing accordingly, letting each note sing it’s song. The chocolaty goodness and playability of this guitar makes it very hard to put down. This is a winner , no doubt.
The chocolaty goodness and playability of this guitar makes it very hard to put down. This is a winner , no doubt.
Hey, here’s an unusual one , the Tetomas guitar. This is basically a Japanese dreadnaught knock off. The lower bout is 15 and a half inches across. The scale length is 25.5. The neck is a very comfortable slight “V” shape. The label on this one says model W140. I have no idea when this was made. I acquired it in 1980 and it looked pretty well used by then. It looks like a spruce top and mahogany back. I can not tell if these are solid woods or not. The tone is bright and the guitar projects well. It’s not a beautiful finger picking sound, but for campfire jams, it’s more than adequate. I’ve played it at gatherings for friends and they’ve complimented the sound.
The tone is bright and the guitar projects well. It’s not a beautiful finger picking sound, but for campfire jams, it’s more than adequate.
Heritage builds some of the prettiest guitars around and this H-170 is no exception. The cherry sunburst has a nice aged center with plenty of MoJo. This guitar has a thin mahogany body, making it light and easy to wear. The double cutaways give you access to all the frets. Nice. The neck is mahogany with a shallow “C” shape. If you’ve played Gibson guitars, then the neck of this Heritage H-170 will be immediately familiar. There are two volumes and one tone control with a three way pickup selector. The unbound finger board is rosewood, again with very nice figuring. I found that the edges were somewhat sharp though. The pickups are Schallers. You can spot the Schaller humbucking pickups by their two adjusting screws. The combination of those pickups and the lightness of the body give this guitar a real cutting sound. Very bright. This is not a bad thing in a band where you are trying to be heard over the bass and drums, it just is what it is. Not really a blues guitar in my opinion. If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.
If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.