Guitar Tone Tuesday: Episode 6: High End Factory Made Vs. Handmade Acoustic Guitars

Guitar Tone Tuesday: Episode 6: High End Factory Made Vs. Handmade Acoustic Guitars



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Guitar Tone Tuesday: Episode 6: High End Factory Made Vs. Handmade Acoustic Guitars… Taylor vs. Hawley

In this episode Lucas explores two beautiful acoustic guitars and asks you if you prefer high end factory made or handmade instruments. Let us know in the comment section below.

Guitars featured:

Taylor 916CE-SB (currently going for $7439 at Lauzon Music in Ottawa, Canada) featuring East Indian rosewood back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Mahogany neck, Ebony bridge and fingerboard, Ebony binding with carved Laskin armrest (a nice feature), Koa/paua/koa edge trim and rosette, Taylor Advanced Performance bracing with Relief Rout, Thin 3.5 mil finish, Taylor Expression System 2 electronics, Gotoh 510 Delta Series tuners, Gold hardware.

And (currently built at a price point of $3500) Lucas’s 10 year old and well loved/traveled Hawley dreadnought (made exclusively by Ottawa’s own Patrick Hawley) featuring East Indian rosewood back and sides, Engelmann spruce top, Mahogany neck, Ebony bridge and fingerboard, Maple binding, paua edge trim and rosette, Scalloped x bracing, Ultra-violet cured polyester finish, K&K Quantum Trinity Mini pickup system (not included in price of the guitar), Gotoh 510 tuners with ebbiny buttens, Gold hardware.
Pat’s base model starts at $2500, which is a steal in the handmade guitar market.

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4 thoughts on “Guitar Tone Tuesday: Episode 6: High End Factory Made Vs. Handmade Acoustic Guitars

  1. I can hear the difference,Hawley is just better overall imo.'re factory made guitars you might get one that sounds exceptional out of twenty.
    The Blueridge guitar I told you about was a total scam off Amazon,didn't lose any money but they never had it to begin with.I'm now planning on going to a guitar auction for my first decent guitar.

  2. I like to "try before buying". Getting a guitar built definitely doesn't let you do this. Even if you can try a similar model, as you mention, each guitar is different. That said, I have purchased electric guitars before playing as I based my decision on reviews as nothing existed in local stores. I doubt I'd ever do that for acoustics though as there is so much more (in my opinion) that goes into making it sing.

    Liked the sound of both guitars. Would prefer to hear a close mic'd sound to really be able to pick out the sonic nuances when listening with headphones. The room mic loses some of this. Also, comparing the pickups would be interesting. I know your Hawley has a much higher end micing system. When playing live, I typically plug it in. Sitting on the sofa, not so much.

  3. No contest here. The Hawley has more depth and rrring. I dig your fingerpicking (I suck at that ;-D).

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