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2015 Gregory Byers

Top: Cedar/lattice braced
Back and sides: Rosewood
Scale: 650mm
Origin: USA
Price: $9,500

Greg joins Robert Ruck in the very rarified league of American Luthiers who are internationally recognized. His elevated fingerboard is now legendary for the easy access it provides to the upper registers, literally like playing a cutaway only you don’t have to sacrifice precious real estate on the soundboard. Brilliant. To top it off, Greg is an intonation freak ( in a good way ) and his guitars are flawless in this respect as well.

This guitar is classic Byers and easily shows why his many fans are so devoted. Lovely rich round trebles, deep sonorous bases a quick response, excellent volume and projection, and most of all, a lush and choir-like voice.

Add Graf tuners with their incredible smoothness and precision and the stunning Rosewood back and sides, plus a 20th half fret, and you have a concert quality guitar that any artist would find inspiring.