This guitar, as with my 12 string, is an absolute gem. Other guitars cost more, and I could have up-scaled this one, but it truly is a wonderful instrument. As it warms up I am sure it will have more richness and fullness to spare. If you are looking for a custom made guitar, I would encourage you to check out this shop.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $2600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pimentel and Sons Guitars
This is the second guitar I have ordered from Pimentel and Sons. It varies from my 12 string in that it is a cutaway model, and Rick Pimentel used a different signature rosette design (called the "mission" design. It has a sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, with an ebony fretboard. It currently is straight acoustic, but I will have the Fishman transducer installed. Rick knew that I liked to play fingerstyle so he made the neck a little wider (about 1 3/4").
This is the easiest guitar to play that I have ever owned. I have a Yamaha LL11 and have owned another 12 string in my past, but Rick made sure that the guitar was set up exactly the way that I wanted it before he let me take it out of his shop. I have used a capo with it all the way up to the fifth fret with no indication of any buzzing or any other problems. The wider neck makes fingerstyle playing a dream, and I have noticed that it makes my bluegrass picking a little easier too (don't get my pick tangled up so much, but that is probably my style!!)
The guitar has incredible sustain. It has a deep, rich tone and I could not have asked for a better match to what I was looking for. As mentioned above, I play fingerstyle and some bluegrass and country, and it seems to do well with all of them, although it is probably not as "boomy" as a full dreadnought. It has a great range of tone, and by playing up or back in relation to the soundhole I can get a great deal of character from it. I look forward to hearing it with the transducer.
As with my other Pimentel guitars, this one is rock solid when it comes to tuning. It is not very old, so I cannot speak to its long term durability, but I have seen nothing that indicates that there will be a problem.