Rather glorious, don’t you think? I found that I just wasn’t playing my Goodall classical much-fine instrument…but I’m a steel string player at heart. So I traded. Adirondack spruce over honduran rosewood, arm bevel for playing comfort and a 25.65″ scale for low tunings. The voice is powerful due to the adi top, but the guitar is so responsive that I can go from clouds [brushing the strings] to thunder [really digging in] in the same song. In a word HUGE DYNAMIC RANGE. [Okay that was three words.] I’ve not been inspired by an instrument this much in years: firm, tight bass with crystal highs. DADGAD tuning will make a grown man cry.
This may be the most complete guitar I’ve ever played. The fundemental notes are pure: the stiff adi top and the flame maple neck bring out vast sustain. The overtones are a sweet halo…present, but not overbearing. The sound is complex, but it all works together well. After changing out the stock saddle to fossil ivory the clarity and overtones increased. There’s no mud in the bass until I detune to B.
I recorded it last night: Baggs IBeam active into a solid state presonus mic preamp. Very wonderful results. Later today I’ll mix the pickup with my Rode tube mic. I’m guessing this will be my “go to” recording guitar.
Isn’t it just like God to drop something in your lap while you thought you wanted somethig else? After some rough years where Lowden Guitars struggled, the new workshop is producing incredible guitars.