Over the last six months I have taken my time in getting to know the subtleties of my new Saville, which are still revealing themselves with each passing day. What follows is my review of what is in my mind a sonically unique masterpiece, a true testament to the golden age of luthierie that we are living in.
I had been cautious to not over hype the guitar in my mind during the proceeding 8 months while it was being built. Thus, when I received it, I was not disappointed. However, I was not immediately blown away. The bass was not as big and ringing as I had hoped and it did sound a bit bright, as Steve had mentioned to me before. Let me mention, however, that it had been shipped halfway across the world from California to Japan so, all things considered, it sounded angelic.
All this said, after spending many nights sitting atop my futon, exploring exactly how my instrument likes to be touched and what styles it is best suited for, I can honestly say that this guitar embodies all the things I had been searching for in an instrument. Also, while I think this is an all-around great guitar, it really excels in more sensitive melodies as opposed to extreme, percussive techniques. That being said, it still sounds great even when I play such tunes as “The Hard Can Remix 2005” by Thomas Leeb, which, by anyone’s standards, is a pretty demanding piece of music for a guitar.
Another great feature is the sound port. The wonderfully rich tone actually envelops you and the lush overtones and warm, shimmering high and midrange is accentuated.
Over all, this instrument produces a ringing sustain, throughout the tonal register. It is a versatile instrument but is more suited to being played with a lighter, more deliberate touch, as opposed to a harsh strumming attack.
Sorry about taking so long. When I'm not busy I'm playing The Guitar, I can't put it down long enough to do anything else when I've got the time to play.
Steve, you were/are a pleasure to work with. I appreciate everything. I WILL do a review of the guitar, I wana spent a little more time on it. Simple as it is, it's the best guitar I've ever played and heard. Everyone I know that has touched it has said, "Looks like I need to save up some money and talk to this Steve Saville fellow."
Three biggest compliments are always the Lutehole, which is absolutely great. I can move around and play "aggressively" and have no trouble with it at all. It is very solid. I haven't had to take it out with the exception of the first time I put it in, but it isn't nearly as difficult as I thought it might be.
The other is the bevel, EVERYONE has mentioned that it makes a guitar a dream to play on. I know for a fact that I will never want another guitar unless it has a bevel.
Lastly, the sound port. Gosh, the guitar ENVELOPES YOU. When I listen to other people playing it, I stick back and feel wrapped up in its sound. I was playing my fiances' Seagull next to this thing, and man... That thing got blown away in sound quality and volume. Tried again with my Cousin's Parkwood (a devision of Cort), and yet again totally blown away in terms of sound and volume.
Speaking of the sound. It's absolutely impressive. Talk about STRING BALANCE. When I play folk lines rotating between low E and low A, I can HEAR each and every note in the chord pronounced and alive. Absolutely unreal.
I'm so very proud of you Steve. I'm very glad to hear that everyone appreciates your work as much as I do.
Thanks for letting me be part of your building.
All the best,