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Old 11-25-2019, 04:46 AM
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I think I've cured my GAS for once and for all... I'll still have it, but I won't be able to do anything about it!

Had a weekend away in the Shropshire Hills (UK) for my birthday. Not far from Knighton Music Centre, it would have been rude not to wander in.

I had a budget in mind, if I found the right guitar - looking for something 000 or OM kinda size.

Blew my budget completely, paid twice what I had in mind... Tried a load of guitars, great stock of Larrivee, some Guild USA... and the Lakestone range. Handmade by a father and son team near Coventry.

This isn't at all what I thought I wanted. It's a small bodied Jumbo (if that makes sense?), normally I'd think it too large, but the arm bevel, and narrow waist/upper bout made it so comfortable. Red cedar top with Ziricote back and sides.

The sound...ohhhhh, the sound. A chorus of angels singing... (and I'm an atheist! ). It even made me sound good!

Did I need to spend that much? No. Does my playing justify spending that much? No. Should I have spent that much? No! Do I now own the most amazing guitar? Yes!




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Old 11-25-2019, 04:57 AM
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Wow, that is beautiful, looks superb.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:29 AM
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Congrats! Gorgeous looking guitar! Its shape and its bridge look like a Lowden. Enjoy playing and bonding with your guitar!
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:00 AM
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Congrats! Gorgeous looking guitar! Its shape and its bridge look like a Lowden. Enjoy playing and bonding with your guitar!
The guy behind Lakestone helped Lowden with their fan fret (amongst other things I think).
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:06 AM
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Wow....gorgeous looking guitar!! Congrats...I must do some research on Lakestone and expand my horizons!!
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:09 AM
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I think I've cured my GAS for once and for all...
Uh huh...

Congratulations! Beautiful guitar.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:24 AM
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Breathtaking work of art. If it sounds half as good as it looks....
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:30 AM
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Congrats, enjoy it for years.
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Old 11-25-2019, 08:57 AM
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My goodness, that is spectacular! Nicely done! I’ve not heard of Lakestone before now. Your GAS may be ending, but it’s stoking it for others!
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:34 AM
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Thanks everyone!

Had a nice play with her last night, she's got such a sweet sound.

New strings in the next day or two...
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Old 11-27-2019, 06:30 AM
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Thanks for posting this - very nice. It's always interesting to hear about new guitars/builders. Did you compare to a Lowden when you were trying it out?
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Wow, nice! Congrats!
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Wow, nice looking guitar.
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Old 11-27-2019, 07:47 AM
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not to sound redundant. but Wow, that is a stunner. Enjoy.
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Old 11-27-2019, 08:55 AM
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Thanks for posting this - very nice. It's always interesting to hear about new guitars/builders. Did you compare to a Lowden when you were trying it out?
Funnily enough, that's the one maker I didn't try - they had a few hanging up, but the only one near my budget (that's the massively expanded budget ) was a second hand S35 in Rosewood and Sitka. Never thought to give it a go...

Looking at my guitar they have a VERY similar shape
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