« Bastogne Walnut Hufschmid H6 »Published on 06/25/14 at 06:00
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!