Stevens Guitars?

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  1. JoeinLA

    JoeinLA Member

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    Anyone know anything about these? I'm not buying one, but I'm working on a transaction with Mr. Stevens and just wondering what his reputation is.

    www.stevensguitars.com

    Thanks!

    Joe
     
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    From what I have heard and seen, he is considered to be top of the tree.

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    A very fine builder and a very nice man. His reputation is extremely solid.
     
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    One of the absolute finest in the business. He founded the Fender Custom Shop and has been revolutionizing stringed instruments for many years.
     
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    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Hey Joe, a quick search will reveal that Mr. Stevens is a very well-respected luthier, with significant credentials. I personally have had no dealings with him, but I have been impressed by what I have seen, and a few people whose opinions I trust hold him in high regard.
     
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    Michael is a straight forward, generous and reliable guy, as well as being a highly respected craftsmen of fine intruments.
     
  7. JoeinLA

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    Sweet! Thanks for the prompt replies!

    Joe
     
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    Well, he obviously thinks VERY highly of his instruments.
     
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    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    It's interesting to note who's replying so quickly too - Mr. Soloway and Mr. Chapin, both very respected builders themselves, among them.

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  10. matte

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    as do/did the likes of the late srv, eric johnson, junior brown, eric clapton, the late albert king and myself, not to mention countless other extremely skilled and discerning players and luthiers.

    fender musical instruments felt the same way, which is why mike was brought onboard to start to custom shop back in "87, as well as build all of ec's replacements for blackie (one of which sold at the first ec auction for nearly 110 gs)., not to mention being the only person in the history of fender to have his own guitar model/line built by offered by fender.

    mike has built me several instruments and they have all been exceptional.
     
  11. matte

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    my stevens split headstock 7 string explorer. 7.5lbs of korina yumminess. mike built me this guitar in "97. just got it back this year after foolishly selling it in 2000.
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  12. yanquii

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    Thats cool. Thanks for the brief history.

    I remember seeing his website a few years ago for the first time. I still would like to play a Classic.

    Btw, I notice that he uses kingwood for the fretboard. I cant say I have heard of this wood being used much. Whats the deal with it?
     
  13. matte

    matte Senior Member

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    my first stevens was a classic that i got from jimmy wallace. mike built it in his garage while he was running the fcs. i've owned it 3 times. right now, one of my best friends(who has played with the likes of ginger baker, tony williams, sly and robbie, etc.) has it. kingwood is another name for madagascar rw.
     
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    ah, interesting. Do you have any pics of it?
     
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    Do you mean aol instant messenger?
     
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    Yes, its yanquiix.:dude
     
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    There are a handful of great luthiers, most of which I have as customers. He IS the best.
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    Very solid and trustworthy he is.
     
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    AND, he builds the finest electric mandolin on the planet.

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