Recently, with the help of two colleagues of mine, Toshiyuki Kumagai and Takuya Okamoto, I have conducted my first Classical Guitar Shootout between four guitars made by world-class luthiers: Yuichi Imai (Japan), Bernd Holzgruber (Austria), Michele Della Giustina (Italy) and Antonio Marin Montero (Spain).
We had a great time testing these guitars! In my opinion the differences between them are quite noticeable so we all managed to get each guitar right in a blind test. But apart from that, I think each possesses certain qualities that makes it stand out – tone sweetness of Marin; tone warmth, width and long sustain of Holzgruber; “Damman-like”, condensed and charming tone of Della Giustina, absolute tone consistency overall the fretboard and amazing craftmanship of Imai etc.
Therefore, as you might think, it would be very difficult to determine which is best as each person will probably have their own favourite.
Enjoy watching the video and please tell me what you think – any comment, be it on YouTube or this blog, will be highly appreciated!