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The top small builders - your opinion

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by tsar nicholas, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. tsar nicholas

    tsar nicholas Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    So I'm doing a research project on guitar builders.

    I'd like to know which small builders folks esteem as being the best.

    Specifically, I'm interested in the one-to-six-man shops. The folks who've grown to factory proportion (Suhr, presumably Anderson) are great, but beyond the scope of my question.

    If you can flesh out your answer with a little info on what makes the builder(s) so great, that will be mucho rad!

    Thanks, guys!
  2. coldfingaz

    coldfingaz Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    Creston Lea

    - He listens
    - He offers suggestions
    - He collaborates
    - He creates
    - He pays a stunning amount of attention to details & finishing
    - Though he has a particular style/appeal, he's open to doing new things & what you want
    - He uses quality parts & components
    - He cuts his own bodies
    - He shapes the hell out of the necks & does great fretwork
    - He's communicative
    - He's smart & funny (not that I want to date him)
    - He's very fairly priced
    - He delivers on time or updates you on any minor delays

    This has been my experience with multiple builds, but to be honest... there are a ton of other great builders out there that I just haven't had the pleasure of working with firsthand.
  3. cherrick

    cherrick Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    Jeddo, Texas
    Rob Oliveira, Crowley Texas (Rhomco Guitars) - attention to detail, perfection
  4. boogieman90

    boogieman90 Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    So Cal
    Scott Lentz, San MArcos, CA. 2 man shop, Scott Sr and Scott Jr; great products, and better people!

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