I have been making classical guitars for a large part of my life.
Like many makers of my generation I am self taught with the help of the few books that were available at the time. How different things are today when every aspect of guitar construction is freely available on the internet. In those early days there was secrecy and mystique and the erroneous belief that top thickness and strutting was a magic formula which if known would lead to immediate success.
After many years making guitars I still get excited at the prospect of stringing a guitar for the first time. The challenge to produce instruments with a strong and varied tonal palette is very stimulating and one I enjoy very much. My aim is to make concert instruments with a level of playability to suit professional and dedicated amateur guitarists alike.
I have received help and support from many people in the classical guitar world. Foremost amongst these is John Mills whose knowledge of the classical guitar is immense, and his comments on my instruments have over many years been of great value.
I have been playing for a number of years on a variety of concert classical guitars made by the fine English luthier John Ainsworth. These hand crafted guitars are made to the highest quality and attention to detail. Their sound is always elegant and well balanced. The trebles are colourful and basses strong. They are consistent in sound quality and projection. Ainsworth guitars are made from a variety of woods and there is always a story behind each one of them. I would highly recommend them to any professionals and guitar aficionados.
It has been most enjoyable to play several off your instruments on a number of occasions, guitars which in terms of playability and craftsmanship are of a very high order. To see your investigations into alternative timbers, such as pear wood I also find very encouraging, an approach to guitar building in which I have held a strong belief for many years.
John Ainsworth is one of the UK’s finest luthiers. His love of the guitar is clearly evident in every instrument he makes.
I enjoyed very much playing your guitar and also love the aesthetics of it.
I have now been in possession of “Alicia” for a bit more than a couple of weeks and here’s a short note just to tell you how well we are getting along. I have played her almost every day, and even so, just hitting the low E string when tuning up still brings a smile to my face. I don't need to compare this to my other guitars to realise what a step up in tone quality this is. It’s also a great pleasure to play and own a guitar of such obvious build quality. I think I may have found my “forever” guitar.
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