If you are like me, you probably own quite a few guitars. With all of those guitars in your arsenal, do you own your dream guitar yet? The one that you long for and would buy it if you had the money and the chance. My dream guitar is a made by Canadian Luthier, Linda Manzer and I’m afraid that it will remain just that…. a dream.
I first discovered Manzer guitars about five years ago I saw Bruce Cockburn in Boulder, Colorado. I have heard many times that when it comes to guitars, we listen with our eyes. Let’s just say that with a Manzer guitar your eyes won’t be disappointed. They are beautiful! The tone is exquisite and a joy to listen to. I also helps that Bruce really knows how to make it sing. Other notable Manzer lovers are Pat Methany and Carlos Santana. Methany owns the famous Pikasso(Pictured right), which is an intimidating instrument to look at it, let alone play it. As you can see, the craftsmanship on these guitars are first rate and with such high quality of guitars made, the popularity and demand increases.
When I first dreamt about owning a Manzer, there was about a 12 month waiting list because she only makes about 15 guitars a year. Next thing you know, it’s an eighteen months and today, the waiting list is closed so she can “catch up.” One day, I was tooling around on the Internet and stumbled on the Dream Guitars site. I noticed that they had a Manzer in the used list. For grins, I checked it out and see how much it would cost. $17,000! Now you know why it’s only a dream. Whether or not this is a ridiculous price or not is best left for a different post. You can bet that you will not see a post about my new Manzer unless I get the winning lotto numbers.
So what is your dream guitar? Is it attainable or will it always be a dream?
I’m afraid my tastes and imagination are quite pedestrian. I probably dream of having a Seagull Folk Cedar or an Art and Lutherie Ami. There’s a local luthier who builds steel string and archtop guitars as well as mandolins. He makes a steel string styled after the body shape and size of a classical guitar that I enjoy (he keeps one hanging on his wall for drop ins). I suppose I could see myself one day wanting one of those. He doesn’t have a website so I can’t link to him, and I don’t know his last name. I just know him as Jim.
I’m not very flashy, but I know my needs will never call for a high end guitar. That is not to say I don’t enjoy looking through magazines and catalogs and admire their beauty.
Boy, I sure wish I’d never read this. LOL So much for my guitar aspirations. WOW what a guitar. The Pikasso is fascinating as well. If I win the lottery I will get one of these and have you teach me how to play it!! LOL You may have to wait awhile as it will probably be in another lifetime. : )
This was a REALLY great post because it was not only fun and interesting but it fascinated me that such a guitar exists not only the way it looks, but only 15 a year made and the whole story behind it. Plus your thoughts on it. I really enjoyed this. 🙂 It made me smile!!
Oh PS, I think I’ve heard of ROZ but am excited to check out the site. I am SO glad you told me about that. Thank you for taking the time to do so. Also I REALLY enjoyed your thoughts on my last post…very insightful. Thank you.
I recently addressed this issue on the Breedlove forum. Here’s my unrealistic, but ultimate dream guitar.
-Jumbo with florentine cutaway
-Adirondack spruce top
-Gotoh 21:1 tuners made of solid silver
-Subtle inlay at the twelfth fret with “MacNichol” in script.
-Hand built by a committee including Kim Breedlove, Jayson Bowerman, Jean Larrivee, James Goodall, and C.F. Martin.
@mac – How much would something like that cost. What would you like each of the luthiers to work on. Like Jean Larrivee picks out the wood, CF Martin does the bracing, etc…
Cost – arm and a leg.
Jean Larrivee would definitely have the final say on picking out the wood, but I think I would like all involved in each step.
Dream Guitars ? hmmmm?
First, I don’t think I would ask master luthiers to combine their skills to make a single acoustic guitar for me. That is not a realistic wish, and it might end up satisfying none of the luthiers involved, nor myself. But I do have dream acoustic guitars, made by these same luthiers, each individual and with the sound characteristics for which they are known. My dream acoustic guitars would be made by Erwin Somogyi, Charles Fox, Linda Manzer, Dennis Scannell, and possibly Jean Larrivee and Steve Klein. That would be one collection of beautiful and powerful acoustic guitars that would serve all the diverse kinds of music I play, from bluegrass, to acoustic rock to folk and ballads, both with a flatpick and fingerpicked.
Scooter? Is that you??
My dream guitar is ever-changing. I am fortunate enough to own guitars by Hamblin, MJ Franks, Bourgeois, Collings, Goodall. They are each unique and I love them all. My current wish is to own a Henderson. Doesn’t need to be Brazilian- East Indian rosewood would be fine. Even so- they are pricey, in the $15-20K range. Brazilians are $25k and up. He shapes his headstocks by hand- the craftsmanship is exquisite. That’s the beauty of the dream- maybe someday.