“In short, the guitars are both amazing, absolutely first-class in every way, not so much as the tiniest flaw in either of them. The general fit and finish is perfect, the purfling and binding miters are perfect, the entire scheme of both guitars is executed perfectly. It’s as though you walked into a great guitar shop and just picked out the two most beautiful, compelling guitars you could imagine and brought them home.
The Engelmann/Cocobolo was constructed with more of an impulse toward fingerstyle playing. This guitar has quite a velvet, creamy sound to it–a very flowing, articulate kind of sound, if that makes any sense, plenty loud and rich. The Adirondack/Cocobolo has a much more fundamental sound to it, more of a penetrating, dynamic kind of sound. This is exactly what I was hoping for when John and I embarked on this project.
“I play mostly fingerstyle, so that was the idea behind the Engelmann guitar, but I'm also dabbling in more single-note playing, so I thought an Adirondack guitar might work really well for this. I also think, though I haven't had too much time to experiment, that the Adirondack guitar will work really well for the stuff I play in alternate tunings. It's amazing how good these guitars both sound now, both around a month or so old; it will be truly interesting and intriguing to see how the sound of each develops and matures as time goes on.
Jack was a pleasure to work with on this new project. My OM had been the largest guitar I offered, until now.
I am so pleased with how these guitars came out and I’m delighted to announce that the Jumbo is officially being added to my lineup.