The following comments are from some of the players who are playing Southwell guitars.
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Forbes Henderson, London
It has been my good fortune to be a regular player and fan of Gary Southwell's guitars. Gary's highly developed sense of both the art, craft and history of guitar-making gives his instruments an excitingly adventurous range of possibility- fitting into a long tradition, but always striving to improve the state of our art. That he has succeeded superbly in the latter places him among the elite of contemporary guitar builders.
David Starobin, New York
Iím absolutely thrilled to bits with my new guitar! Wonderful treble sound, great bass and the action is spot on! Thank you so much.
10 minutes to midnight, and I was still playing this magnificent guitarÖI have never in my life owned a guitar (or anything else, for that matter) as fine as this, nor did I ever expect to. It just keeps revealing itself, little by little, and I canít help but feel that everything I am getting from it now is only a hint of what is to come. The sound of this guitar is an entire world, a world I look forward to exploring, and spending a great deal of time in.
I still canít believe this one is mine; I keep thinking Iím going to have to bring it back to you next week! It will take a while to sink in, I think - in more ways than one.
There are not words to express my gratitude. But there will be musicÖ
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, Iíve always loved this design, anyway.
Scott Tennant, L.A.
The guitar arrived today and I've had a few hours to play it. Good grief! its a very interesting guitar and wicked rewarding to play. I really support you in your quest, and happily am playing Dowland, Milano & Bach 'cello Suites (with some Lauro thrown in for effect) well into the night; tomorrow be damned.
I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your work on my A Series guitar. You really went above and beyond what others might have done. This guitar is elegant, with a lovely tone that is absolutely unique and a clarity beyond what I have heard on any other instrument, and I am so very happy to have this guitar!
My English falls short of the beauty of tone it is able to produce, very even through all the registers, differentiated, un-spainishly mixing mid-European romanticism with my here and now, down to earth and very high up in ethereality. And I havenít said anything about its gorgeous looks yet. I am absolutely smitten.
Rudolf Ninks, Germany
I am very happy with the new guitar. It is a very well tuned guitar and it has a wonderful balance between sustain and volume.
Leif Hesselberg, Denmark
I would like to thank you a thousand times for making me this guitar in such a short time, but most of all for the extraordinary quality of this instrument. The clarity, responsiveness and the tonal colors amaze me, and for the first time I have a clue to some of the extraordinary tone colors that Segovia produced on his old Hauser.
Joseph Bacon, San Francisco
My old 90ís Temperate Southwell guitar still blows people away in my studio.
Pat OíBrien, New York
I personally think that itís remarkable that you made such a good instrument for me first time around, and remember that my requirements are of the very highest too.
Julian Bream, Semley
You are a poet and an artist!
Georges S. Kaye, Oxford
Now this is a GUITAR!!! I just tuned up your magnificent new guitar and played just a few notes and chords on it Ė fantastic!
Armin Kelly, Cleveland
Thanks for your amazing work on the ten string. It is really beautiful.
Itís absolutely fantastic, one of the greatest guitars Iíve ever played actually. It seems to get better and better itís an absolutely wonderful sound and Iím completely delighted with it.
Douglas Rogers, Brighton
The guitar is absolutely magical. I absolutely love everything about the instrument, you are such a masterful craftsman.
Vincenzo Biancucci, L.A.
It has got a very firm deep bass not usual at all in modern guitars. Sustain is great. Notes are long, balanced and with a very sweet tone. Some classical are very dull but this is not! This has much life and power in it. The workmanship is fantastic. Details and finish are all superb.
Chris Kok, Hong Kong
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