I received my Hufschmid Tantalum model guitar a few weeks ago, and I could not be more happy!!
The workmanship on this guitar is the finest I have ever seen. The guitar is beautiful to look at, and has an amazing feel to it when it is played. All the materials used to create this guitar are the finest available: highest quality wood, frets, fretboards, everything is the absolute best. The shape of the neck was even customized to the shape of my hand. All the finishes on the guitar are perfect...the guitar is flawless.
The sound and playability of the guitar is equally impressive. The ‘glowbucker” pickups on this guitar are custom made, and they sound great!! The cleans are pristine, the overdrive sounds are rich and full. I play a variety of music styles; from “softer style rock” to classic rock to harder rock. The guitar handles all of it perfectly. I also use a variety of amplifiers; both tube and solid state. The guitar sounds amazing through any type of amp. It also takes pedals very well. I have also found that the guitar seems to have almost an endless amount of sustain. I have never experienced a guitar like that. It is a result of the high quality of the workmanship and materials used to make the guitar.
The guitar plays like butter. The action is the best I have ever played. Access to the higher frets is excellent. The shape and thickness of the neck are just right. The guitar weighs in at a little over 7 pounds...a perfect weight for a gigging musician.
I have been playing guitar for over 45 years, and I have owned them all; Gibsons, Fenders, Carvins, Guilds, etc. No guitar I have ever owned is even in the same category as this guitar. Not even close. Patrick Hufschmid is an artist. The care and skill he put into creating this guitar is something you will never find in a mass produced instrument. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime instrument, for a guitar like no other you have ever played, than this is what you want. Do not hesitate in ordering a Hufschmid guitar. You will not regret it.
I found out about Patrick Hufschmid from a close friend who loves guitars built by independent builders. After checking out the Hufschmid guitars website, I decided that I would like to place an order for a custom guitar. I decided upon the specifications I wanted and reached out to Patrick. He explained to me how the process works and I followed the instructions for payment. The very next day I received a picture of my "guitar to be" while it was still in the form of rough cut timbers!! Through out the entire process I received updates and photos of the progress... even some short video clips. I was kept "in the loop' through out the build process. Once the guitar was completed, Patrick told me that he does the final set up and then would ship it out to me. I waited patiently and within a week or so Patrick contacted me and said my guitar was IN THE USA! He wanted to surprise me and shipped the guitar. It arrived to me that very same day. From Switzerland to NY in 3 days.
I opened the box and after I removed the multiple layers of protection it was wrapped in, I was immediately impressed.
The first thing that I did was look over the entire guitar. No issues. I strummed a chord and was amazed at the resonance of the instrument. The guitar vibrates like it's alive. The neck shape felt very comfortable in my hand, like I'd been playing it for years. Patrick shapes his necks based on a photograph of the players hand... he nailed it. I plugged her in and was incredibly pleased with the sound of my " made to measure " pickups. I explained my taste in music and what I enjoy playing to Patrick and the pickups were wound to my liking. They sound awesome.
The playability, action, intonation and feel of the guitar exceeded my expectations. Spot on perfection all around. To say I was pleased is an understatement. I am a professional guitar tech and a player of 40 years. This is the best guitar I've owned.
Here are the specs:
Super strat double cut body, cut from one piece of perfectly quarter sawn highly ribbon figured Sapele
One piece Sapele neck, also perfectly quarter sawn ( INCREDIBLY strong, very stable )
West African Ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo wide "pyramid " frets
25.5" scale length
Hufschmid Blue nut, (lubricant filled engineering thermoplastic)
Exclusive Hufglow block inlays
Heel adjust truss rod wheel
3 X 3 Hufschmid designed tension optimized headstock design
Hipshot barrel knob locking tuners
Hipshot string through body bridge
2 Custom wound Hufschmid GLOWBUCKERS
Single volume, tone and 3 position pickup selector switch
NOS 1970's Russian Military grade capacitor
Inlaid Hufschmid logo minted coin, antique copper finish, in the back of the body ( completely unique! )
I am blown away by the attention to detail and the level of craftsmanship of this instrument. Being a professional guitar technician for most of my life, and a player for so long I have seen nearly every brand of guitar pass across my bench. My Hufschmid surpasses them all in every aspect. It took me 40 years but I finally found what I've been searching for in a guitar. THANK YOU Patrick. I would recommend a Hufschmid guitar to anyone who has been searching for something unique, a guitar that can handle any style of music, and is a true joy to play! This guitar has reignited my passion for playing...
12" neck, slight bevel for the right arm to rest on while playing. Natural wood finish. 24"
The guitar is handmade in Switzerland by luthier Patrick Hufschmid.
The H6E is the basic model with a volume, tone and 3 way pickup selector. The volume knob is very sensitive and it is very easy to clean up the signal. I rarely use the tone know, but it is the same story there, very sensitive adjustments.
Pickups are handmade from Kent Armstrong him self, very clean sounding.
Hardware is hipshot products, can't remeber the exact specs, but it works just like it's supposed to.
Sapelli Mahogany neck and body, West African Ebony fretboad.
All frets are easy to access, cutouts are perfect. The bevel on top of the body makes a perfect resting place the your lower arm while playing. The guitar is nicely balanced while playing, just the right weight. The tone and volume knobs are very sensitive and give a wide range of adjustments.
The action is low, no stringbuzz. Adjustments to the guitar is self is also very easy if you need to do some work.
This is a guitar with an oil finish, not coats and coats of lacquer. This instrument breathes, it needs more care than some CNC'd 1/1000000 guitars that are out there. But with normal good care this instrument with last for generations.
I use this with an crappy old Peavy 50 watt transistor amp, Line 6 HD500. I feel that I can play any typ of music with it. It's not a metal guitar, nor is it a Jazz guitar. To me it's a guitar that can be used for anything. As for the sound of the pickups they are bright, yet warm. And like stated earlier, very easy to adjust the sound/tone to get what you want.
This is by far the best guitar I've every played. It feels incredible, sounds amazing. I had never tried another Hufschmid guitar before I got my own. Simple reason, they are hard to get a hold of. They are made by order and there are not that many out in circulation. I've played other custom/non custom of most brands, but this just feels the best to me.
Next time I'm looking into buying a guitar, a Hufschmid will be on the very top of my list.
The value of this guitar is nothing short of amazing. It's quite basic in regards to what you get, but I need a guitar with a volume and tone know, pickup selector. That's it. I get that, just with 100% quality throughout the whole instrument.
This guitar was made by Patrick Hufschmid in Switzerland. The body and neck is cut from Sapele Mahogany. The fretboard is West African Ebony and has 24 frets at a 25.5" scale. The 12-pole humbucker pickups are hand made by Kent Armstrong in Vermont. Patrick used a picture of my left (fretting) hand to carve the neck of this guitar. This makes the guitar insanely comfortable for me to play. There is one volume knob, one tone knob, and a three way pick up selector. The knobs are also made of West African Ebony.
The top is made from a rare, highly figured Bastogne Walnut. The top that Patrick and I selected is gorgeous. When sunlight hits the guitar, the natural grain in the wood comes to life and has a glowing, psychedelic looks to it. Whenever I take my guitar out of it's case at a gig, I instantly get people coming over to look at the guitar and ask questions about it. Patrick is a master luthier and artisan. The guitar is built flawlessly and also sounds amazing.
The neck was carved to my hand dimensions. I can access every note easily, the action is nice and low so I can play lots of notes with ease, sweep picking is now easier than ever. The pickups sound awesome with the wood combinations. They produce a clean, crisp, and warm tone. Between the three way pick-up selector and the tone knob, you can find any tone that you are looking for. Another bonus is the way the volume knob is set up. You can turn it back to a lower volume and your tone doesn't suffer in any way - it only gets quieter. This allows for great dynamics in my playing.
The guitar is ultra light. Patrick looks for tension in his wood choices instead of weight. This makes the guitar very comfortable to hold while gigging.
The guitar sounds even better than it looks. Each note rings out clearly and fully. The guitar has amazing sustain. I primarily play lead guitar/psychedelic rock so I use a good amount of delay, chorus, overdrive, wah, volume pedal, among others. The guitar is extremely responsive to my pedals. I have actually found new ways to utilize my pedals due to the clarity of the tones I get from this guitar. I play through a Fender Twin Reverb, which also allows me to get great clean tone. When I play guitar solos or doing lead work, I will use my Maxon OD808 overdrive pedal. The combination of this guitar and pedal leaves me with a gorgeous tone for soaring but clear guitar solos.
I think I should start off this section by giving credit to the man who built this guitar - Patrick Hufschmid. Patrick is not only a master artisan/luthier, but a great guy to correspond with through the building process, which took about 2 months. He sends detailed emails of his daily progress building the guitar. I would wake up every morning to an email full of pictures and updates. He is very respectful to his customers. I really can't say enough about how positive my experience was with him. When you pair his customer support ethic with his masterful guitar building, you will not find a better experience in buying a high end guitar. In all honesty, I have nothing bad to say about my experience with Patrick.
I rate this guitar a 10 out of 10. If you are in the market for a high end guitar, look no further than Hufschmid Guitars. It is worth every penny!