Handmade Acoustic Guitar Review, Guitar 61
Featured Review: Custom Cocobolo Alchemist Guitar by Greg Hendler
Greg recently received the gift of a custom Lichty Guitar from his family. He worked with Jay on the design and the end result is an incredible guitar. Here is what Greg has to say …
“I just picked up my Custom acoustic guitar from Lichty Guitars and I’m speechless – the guitar is beyond my expectations. It’s the perfect guitar and a joy to play! Thank you so much to my grandparents for the anticipatory graduation gift!
Audio Sample played by Greg: https://soundcloud.com/gfactor/the-alchemist-new-guitar
Audio sample played by Jay: Ziggy Won't Walk
Here is the embed from soundcloud:
Here’s the rundown
- Back+Sides: Cocobolo
- Top: Sinker Redwood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Binding: Maple
- Nut+Saddle:Camel Bone
- Tuners: Got0h 510
The guitar looks incredible, I especially love the grain on the back and the shape is unique but still has classic lines. It also allows for great upper neck access. Speaking of the neck it turned out exactly right, it fits my hand like a glove and the body has a slight wedge to it so it is very comfortable to play.
The sound of this guitar is head and shoulders above any other that I’ve played, the notes seem to jump right out and the tone has the perfect balance of brightness and warmth and is very responsive to slight changes playing so it sound dynamic and alive. The highs never get brittle or shrill and the lows never get muddy, even dense cords low on the neck ring out clear. The amount of volume this thing can produce is also astounding i mean it’s LOUD!
The builder Jay Lichty was a joy to work with and he involved me in every element of the design (I even got to hand-pick the woods in his shop!) and the craftsmanship is top-notch.
It looks amazing in person but very few people will ever get close enough to it to know that . His other instruments are amazing too, I’ve lost plenty of hours looking through his archives.
I could not be happier with this guitar! This post took me forever to write cause I have it in my lap and keep stopping halfway through sentences to play. – Greg Hendler