This guitar is my 4th build from Patrick Hufschmid. I have been a guitarist for coming up on 41 years, and I am also a professional guitar technician. I know guitars, inside and out... I know what makes them "tick", and the subtle intricacies that make a guitar great. Hufschmid guitars are GREAT. I currently own 9 of them, and will review them over the coming months. I literally sold off all of my other brand name, factory produced guitars after receiving my first Hufschmid guitar. The reason, simple... they are THAT GOOD. I have not, in my nearly 41 years of playing and working on guitars, found anything that compares to a Hufschmid. They are effortless to play, elegant and beautiful, and sound amazing. I can get any sound I'll ever need out of any one of my Hufschmid guitars... Rock, metal, country, blues... doesn't matter, these guitars DELIVER!
This guitar, a Tantalum model, has in my opinion one of the most beautiful finishes I've ever seen. The neck once again is perfectly carved to fit my hand. This is really impressive to me because Patrick HAND CARVES each neck, using small hand tools and a caliper. In fact, every guitar is completely handmade without the use of CNC machines!! You can actually check out his videos online, ( youtube, Instagram ) and watch him hand craft these guitars!!! The guitar is perfectly balanced, and very comfortable to play in either a standing or seated position. Patrick uses PERFECTLY quartersawn Sapele mahogany for his bodies and necks. The grain on this particular wood is beautiful, and for a neck blank, NOTHING is stronger! The craftsmanship is incredible, it is apparent that a great deal of care goes into the creation of a Hufschmid guitar, not to mention over 23 years of experience!! The bridge placement is spot on, the intonation is perfect. The action is amazing, with no fret buzz. The pros of ordering a Hufschmid guitar are numerous, as I have stated. The cons.... you won't want to play any other guitar!!!! The specs are as follows:
One Piece premium perfectly quartersawn Sapele Mahogany neck and body, the Hufschmid signature!!
Highly figured Flame maple top, hand finished in "purple burst " finish
Hufschmid tension optimized, straight pull 3x3 headstock design
Premium Grenadillo fretboard, 24 frets, 12" radius, 25.5" scale
Exclusive "Hufschmid Blue Nut"
Dunlop 500K super pots, NOS Russian, military grade FT-2 .022uf Teflon Capacitor
Luminlay blue side dots
Golden cast aluminum "wax seal" on headstock
Antique nickel Hufschmid logo coin, inlaid into the rear of the body
Hufschmid 3D kevlar control cavity design
20 coats of hand applied varnish
Exclusive Hufschmid Glowbucker pickups, made to measure
Patrick hit a grand slam in the creation of this guitar, I LOVE IT! I HIGHLY recommend these incredible guitars to anyone who is looking for something unique, that plays incredibly and sounds amazing... also that is handcrafted by a single artisan... I am once again BLOWN AWAY!!!!