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Old 11-29-2011, 10:15 AM
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so I've had the guitar for one month and one week.

to me, I feel as though the guitar has opened up a lot already, but it scares me to think that its only 5 weeks old. it will just get better

I won't go on in describing tone or whatnot because it all reads the same online

but if anyone is in VA and wants to try it out, lets make it happen!

over the past 10 years I've played hundreds of handmade guitars from (in no particular order) Olsons, Traugotts, Somogyis, Matsudas, Krauts, Ryans, Wingerts, Omega, Baranik, Bashkin, Osthoffs, McKnights, Cornerstones, Petros, Charis, Langejans, Claxtons, Beneteau, Ebata, Maingard, Manzer, Berkowitz, Simon Fay, Greenfield, Laskin, Sexauer, Vines, White, the list goes on and on......including small shop like huss and dalton, santa cruz, collings, goodall, froggy bottom, bourgeois, etc......

so far, this guitar is the finest I've played.

I'll try to take an updated video on how the guitar continues to open up.

and the honeymoon continues....


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That's just gorgeous Eric
its all your fault sir!
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Old 12-04-2011, 04:16 PM
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replacing strings and a neat little detail. the bridgepins have slots in them reminding me which hole they go into. I never had slots in my pins on any of my other guitar. just a neat little touch

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Old 12-04-2011, 09:17 PM
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I absolutely love the looks of your guitar, Eric, and I'm glad the love affair continues...sure to be a lifetime affair...
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:59 AM
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I absolutely love the looks of your guitar, Eric, and I'm glad the love affair continues...sure to be a lifetime affair...
Thanks Bill! Hope we can connect someday!
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:13 PM
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Is it me, or are these braces showing through the top?






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Old 12-07-2011, 04:32 PM
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just a reflection!
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:45 AM
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I just spent about 3 hours playing this guitar...and I had to write a review to shed some light on Jason's work. Please keep in mind that this is what I hear from this guitar, and I understand that describing tone can be subjective.

I've had the privilege to be a part of some of Eric's ventures, and its given many opportunities to play a lot of top-handmades that we all recognize and venerate. To be honest I have to thank Eric for opportunities that I would not have had otherwise, or would have even known of.

I won't name the builders of the guitar's I've had chances to compare the Kostal with (let's just say most would consider them the elite of the elites in the world of lutherie), because there are people who get sensitive to brand comparison. However, I will say that as for ME , this has been the best guitar I've ever played. So much so that I am going to reach out to Jason about a possible build myself.

My experience with guitars has been that every unique builder brings something to the table that represent their strengths. However, even elite handmades would have one or two characteristics that would prevent me from committing to a whole build. This Kostal masterfully brings together all my favorite things from different builders, and puts it into one devastating guitar.

The guitar is extremely responsive, while not loosing depth and bass that I like. For the most part, the most responsive guitars I have played have usually felt like they weren't deep enough. It also has a wonderful whole-listic sound when driven, while maintaining crystal clarity in note separation when picked. I think the most impressive thing about this guitar was how versatile it was because it responded to every-type of playing style without compromising on something. The best way to describe it was that the notes came out with surgical clarity, but without it being so cold that it's harsh. In all honesty, it's the tone that I have been looking for, for a long time.

It is also aesthetically one of my favorite guitars. Every minute detail to the "in-your-face" rosette...the purposeful disparity in color for different parts of the guitar...all the variables come together in a classy, but with a touch of modernistic art. It's honestly devastating because it forever ruined my standard of "tone."

For anyone who is on the fence about different handmades...do yourself a favor and contact Jason. He's a world-class builder.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:04 AM
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Beautiful guitar... I bet it sounds amazing

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Old 12-12-2011, 09:00 AM
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For anyone who is on the fence about different handmades...do yourself a favor and contact Jason. He's a world-class builder.
mike, appreciate your review! can't wait to see your guitar started!

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Beautiful guitar... I bet it sounds amazing
appreciate the feedback! guitar looks better in natural sunlight and definitely sounds better than it looks!
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Old 12-17-2011, 02:43 PM
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here's a shot with back and end graft

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This is the best gorgeous looking back and side brazilian wood i've ever seen... serious GAS now..
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Man those are some beautiful guitars. What a spectacular piece of wood that second guitar was cut from. Great story too. Have fun playing!
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here's a shot with back and end graft


That's my favorite photo! Really a beautiful instrument. Congrats to both!
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:08 AM
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Man those are some beautiful guitars. What a spectacular piece of wood that second guitar was cut from. Great story too. Have fun playing!
which second guitar are you talking about?

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That's my favorite photo! Really a beautiful instrument. Congrats to both!
both guitars? I wish I had two Kostals!
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which second guitar are you talking about?



both guitars? I wish I had two Kostals!

Both you and the builder....
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