Perhaps the ads have taught you that the only good guitar is one mass-produced, factory-built guitar.
Question: Have you heard it said that a good guitar player can go into a guitar store/studio and play name-brand guitars which
have great variations of sound and quality - for the same make & model guitar???
Every guitar is different....and needs individual attention to detail!
Suggestion: Get to know a luthier and become aware of the attention given to the individual qualities for each guitar!
BassRock Guitars go above and beyond: They tell a story - a story about the Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack lakes, and the history we live with here. And they continue to tell that Adirondack story through the music you play with them, regardless of your style.
I’ve spent my whole life on-and-off playing in the woods, building stuff, and marveling at wood and what you can do with it. I’ve also been a closet guitar player all my adult life.
After retiring from a wonderful career in special education, it was like a dream come true to move to my favorite place in the world, Schroon Lake NY.
Now I can play in my woods collecting and preparing wood for my guitars, which I construct during the cold winter months right here in my workshop looking out at the lake. And I get to play some fabulous guitars. Life is good.
Burl fascinates me. You can slice up burl on a bandsaw, lay it out in bookmatched sets, and see nature’s amazing artwork.
It talks to you, and the longer you look at it the more stories and images and faces you see in those swirls.
This is why I love to inlay burl in my guitars. And then to accentuate that effect like to inlay pearl accents wherever the burl “tells me” it needs it(!). Lots of fun.
I’ve discovered something amazing: Right out in front of where we live, on the bottom of the lake, is some historic Adirondack red spruce that was cut in the 1800’s and meant to go down the Hudson River to Glens Falls and the sawmills – but some of these logs sank and didn’t make it down-river.
Martin Guitar made Adirondack red spruce famous for being one of the best tops for an acoustical guitar in the world. And there’s something about being on the bottom of the lake for 150+ years that does magical things to the resins in the wood. These tops sound amazing.
These are the best sounding guitars I’ve ever played (just a little bias here). And the history just adds to the “story” of these. Many of the logs still have stamps on their ends making it possible to trace them back to their original ownership.
I come from a long line of artists. And we’re stubborn individualists. We like to do things our way, and often shun tradition.
My guitars reflect this balance between a work of art that you want to display in your home, and yet incorporating the crucial elements that make a fine guitar in sound, comfort, and playability.
They are made of local woods because we have wonderful woods here in the Adirondack Mountains, and we really shouldn’t and don’t need to import “trophy woods” from the other side of the world.
I like people to play my guitars. Yes I like to sell a guitar once in a while, but I really like to see and just hear people play them. I call it “research” as a luthier, but in fact it’s just fun.
I like it when I’m displaying at a show or fair and there are crowds of people walking by, and every 20th person walking by plays guitar on some level – and they hear some guitar music and they can’t help themselves but to come and pick one up and play a little. That’s nice.
And I like it when people come to my play/display studio in South Schroon where they can “play their way around the room” with different guitars in a quiet space. I always enjoy the feedback. And again: this is my “research” to always be building better and prettier guitars.