Research Note 010


This week I’ve been deliberating over buying a new guitar after selling my old Roland SH-101. The guitar I’m interested in is an archtop hand-made from 400yr old Red Cedar from Stanley Park by Thomas Groppi.
But that inner voice is asking, but you have lots of guitars why would you need another?

For me, guitars have such different characteristics, and these specific nuances change not only change how different the instrument sounds but also how I play it. Thomas has been kind enough to lend me a few of his guitars in the past and I have to say that, although, each one is unique in its tone and playability there is a consistency and attention to craft that puts Thomas at a level of luthiery that few achieve within the decade he’s been building guitars.

Ain’t she a beaut! Thomas Groppi’s Stanley Blues

I’ll play the Stanley Blues and make a decision within a week. I’ll try to post some videos of me play it and you can help me decide.

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  • Thanks mate fore the kind words

  • Phil O’Flaherty
    January 26, 2019 8:45 pm

    Hi Haig, how does it sound unplugged, or is that not really what this is built for? Regardless of how it sounds i’ve already spent a long time looking at it. WOW.

  • You wouldn’t believe how amazing this guitar sounds acoustically. Even without any sound holes on the front this guitar projects, it’s much louder than my two Godin 5th Avenue archtops. Also, it’s such a dream to play, smooth all the way up the neck.

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