The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15038   Message #132319
Posted By: Liam's Brother
05-Nov-99 - 04:33 PM
Thread Name: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Subject: RE: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Consider a guitar being made today. Trying to think objectively, you have to ask... How many slabs of GREAT BRW are there sitting around in guitar makers' woodpiles since import to the USA was stopped (ca. 1969)? Probably not many I would think. Are you better off with a so-so piece of BRW or a GREAT piece of IRW?

I "test-drove" 3 OM size guitars at the same store this week. They were all new or very recently made. Martin BRW @ $6000+, Santa Cruz BRW @ $5600 and Collings IRW @ $2600. The last was clearly superior.

Here's my thought on new guitars. What you hear is what you get! Buy the best sounding one you can afford. Everytime you hear a wonderful $25,000 1941 BRW Martin D-28, just remember the guy who bought it new is already dead and it sounds better now than it ever did was he was alive! Buy any guitar for the way it sounds today and put it up against the best.

All the best,
Dan Milner