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Greenfield Guitars: The Stradivarius of Guitars

Greenfield G1Last week I started a new category here on Zoomstart called Whatsis. It’s just a place to talk about cool and interesting stuff. Today I want to talk about acoustic guitars because I love sitting down and jamming on one of mine every once in a while.

Let me get this dumb joke out of the way first.

I play a little guitar. Actually, it’s a full size guitar. I just don’t play it that often.

What Makes A Great Guitar

There are only two things that you need to make a great guitar:

  1. Great craftmanship
  2. Great tone woods

If there were one more thing that makes a great guitar I would say it is time. Over time, if you keep your guitar stored properly, the wood ages well and the sound gets sweeter. This means keeping it clean and storing it where it won’t get too cold or too warm, and where the humidity is stable (not too dry and not too damp).

My Guitars

I have two guitars. One is an Ovation Custom Legend. It’s a beautiful guitar and it’s better quality than the ones they’re making now. I bought mine back when they were still putting hand-carved walnut bridges on them. It’s a shallow body so there’s not much bass, but it sounds great plugged in.

My other guitar … my first guitar, is a Samick. My Samick SW-115 has a laminate top and was made in Korea. Basically it’s a budget plywood guitar made before Samick hired Greg Bennett to do a complete makeover on their guitar lines and move them into a higher quality market.

I paid 200 bucks for my plywood Samick and I love it. It’s aged well. The best thing about it is I can take it to the beach and not care if it comes home full of sand and covered in hamburger grease.

Greenfield Guitars

Michael Greenfield lives in Montreal Quebec and he crafts what are some of the best guitars being built today. He only makes 12 guitars a year.

Every guitar he makes is hand crafted using the best tone woods available; Aged Brazilian Rosewood, Honduras Mahogany, Big Leaf Maple, European Spruce and others. The wood for each guitar is selected for that specific guitar and he assembles them with animal hide glue which has been used by master craftsmen for centuries to build the finest instruments.

Even though Greenfield guitars are made using many techniques of the traditional masters, they have some amazing modern design features. Check out the beveled armrest in the picture.

He really is making the Stradivarius of guitars. It’s so hard to find craftsmanship like this in anything today. If you want one, you can only buy them through his selected dealers like 12th Fret and The Music Emporium.

Check out Michael’s website. You can see how he makes a guitar from start to finish with the online shop tour. He also has audio clips and a gallery of musicians like Don Alder, Melissa Greener and Keith Richards who love his guitars.

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6 Comments

  1. Those Greenfield Guitars are absolutely gorgeous! And awesome sounding too! I would so love to get my hands on an Archtop Vanguard! :)
    I’ll stick with my Paul Reed Smith for a while though hehe

  2. Hey Jon,

    I went on a little internet search to find the best quality acoustics I could find. Greenfield fit the bill.

    My buddy has an old Larrivee. He bought it for 15 bucks. It was made back when Larrivee was building the guitars himself. It’s all beat up … and it sounds absolutely amazing.

    I like PRS. If I was ever going to buy an electric, it’d be PRS.

  3. Larrivee guitars are awesome, i also like Taylors.
    Definitely PRS (to me) is like a BMW, the ultimate driving/playing machine :)

    hehe 15 bucks for a Larrivee, even beat up, is amazing!

  4. He got the Larrivee appraised … $3000. And that was about ten years ago! It’s easily worth $4 or $5k. Not a bad investment at 15 bucks. It looks old, but it is; it’s an original. But the neck’s straight, body is solid, intonation is bang on.

    And I’ve yet to hear a sweeter sounding guitar. You just can’t buy that kind of quality acoustic today (not even Larrivees) … unless of course you pony up the big, big bucks and buy something like a Greenfield.

    I like that; PRS = BMW. Couldn’t agree more!

  5. wow 3 grand! yeah it’s probably worth way more than that now :)
    i bought my PRS for $3200CAD in 2001 brand new, but it’s a 1992 model (was in the wharehouse all that time, they were not able to sell it back in 1992, and was still in te case, with all the little plastic covers and everything and the official “prs seal”), checked with PRS for the serial number and it’s a 1992 model, it’s worth $4600CAD now :) But i’d never sell it, it’s my lil baby!

    http://www.jonathan-phillips.com/gear-guitars/

  6. talking ’bout expensive guitars: http://conklinguitars.com

    there’s one there, a 9-strings guitar (yeah i know), that’s around $16K, that’s a huge load of money, but it’s custom made :)


 

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