Collings D1

collings close frontThis is a 14 fret Collings Mahogany Dreadnaught. Of course, that doesn’t tell the whole story. There is the beautiful spruce top with swirling figuring almost like “bear claw” pattern, the comfortable “C” neck and the subtly elegant build quality throughout. This guitar has a robust bass response and nice zinging highs, hard to get in one guitar.  There is a nuanced feel to light picking , but it firms up when you dig in hard.  I really enjoyed playing this guitar. I wish I could sit and play it for a couple of hours. There’s a lot to discover in this guitar …very, very nice

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This guitar has a robust bass and nice zinging highs. I wish I could sit and play it for a couple of hours. There’s a lot to discover in this guitar.

 

 

Fender Custom Shop Kingman

Fender Custom Shop Kingman Guitar
OK. The Fender Custom Shop Kingman. I’m waxing nostalgic on this one… it happens. At the beach surfing, the sand and the smell of the water, bikinis, big block V8s and tail fins… all run before my eyes when I look at this guitar. It has all solid woods, Engelmann spruce for the top, Mahogany back and sides with scalloped “X” bracing and a very cool Stratocaster neck with a comfortable “C” shape.Fender Kingman Custom Shop Guitar
Top it off with Fiesta red nitro and rock and roll. Under the Rock and Roll looks is a really, really nice sounding “Hog” Dreadnaught. It has all the clear fundamentals and projection you would expect from a high end acoustic and the action is sweet. While I guess some folks may have an issue with it’s looks, I fall in the “love it” category.

It has all the clear fundamentals and projection you would expect from a high end acoustic and the action is sweet. While I guess some folks may have an issue with it’s looks, I fall in the “love it” category.

Augustino LoPrinzi

Augustino Lo Prinzi Guitar Body FrontToday 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. Augustino Lo Prinzi Body BackThis 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”).Augustino Lo Prinzi Headstock

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.

Tetomas

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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.Headstock Tetomas Guitar 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.