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NGD - Oaky from Musk.. er, Devon

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by sir humphrey, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    So, I was planning to buy a White Falcon with some money that had come my way unexpectedly.

    But then I found myself passing the Brook guitars workshop in Devon on the way from one gig to another.

    Simon at Brook was kind enough to open up the workshop on his day off for me to have a look around - and it's an amazing place.

    But not as amazing as the guitar I left with - a Tamar (medium jumbo) with oak back and sides and European spruce top.

    I've had a hankering for a Brook for ages - have been looking out for a top-end acoustic for a while and tried pretty much all the names you could think of. But Brook have always been the stand out guitars for me.

    So it was a delight to finally get down there, and to find this guitar.

    I had gone there expecting to order a custom build in walnut and cedar, but after playing the Oaky all bets were off.

    I tried a bunch of their guitars - including Simon's own Brazilian Rosewood Tamar - and Oaky knocked them all into the weeds.

    Best guitar I've ever played - and one very, very happy owner.
     
  2. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    And from the front
     
  3. A.B.Negative

    A.B.Negative Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice!
     
  4. songofthewind

    songofthewind Tele-Meister

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    Beautiful! Congratulations.
     
  5. el cheapo

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    Oak? Who'd a thunk it?
     
  6. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    Oak was used fairly consistently before WWII. I owned a 1920s Schmidt that had an oak body. In the end though, the body wood is just a small part of what makes sound come out of a guitar.
     
  7. Tatercaster

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    Brian May's Red Special uses a lot of oak, iirc.
     
  8. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Guitar looks beautiful! Must be a joy to play. Thanks for posting!
     
  9. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    I'm not a tonewood Kool Aid drinker, but even so I know it means something in an acoustic guitar, even if nothing in an electric.

    When I was handed the oak guitar there was a residual part of me that wanted not to like it because oak isn't a typical guitar wood - but this baby sings. In a room full of some of the best acoustics you've ever heard this one jumped out and said "I'm the one".

    Once I played it all thoughts of a custom build went out the window - I'm sure Brook could make another guitar that sounds as good, but at the point I was there I wasn't going to take that chance.

    Hands down, this is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. It's personal taste, I know - but to me this sounds like the acoustic I've had in my head for the last few years. At that point, it could be made of cardboard for all I care!
     
  10. VWAmTele

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    Beautiful :cool: For a guitar like this, sound clips are just as important as photos!
     
  11. studio1087

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    Looks great. Congratulations.
     
  12. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    You change the footprint or carve of the bracing or add or take away 1/4" from the lower bout and the guitar will sound totally different. Some of the best soundig guitars I have played had birch bodies while some of the worst had Braz rosewood.
     
  13. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats. Would love to hear it.
     
  14. Sidney Vicious

    Sidney Vicious Friend of Leo's

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    Beautiful guitar - but you owe us more pictures.:D
     
  15. Mid Life Crisis

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    Wow, that looks a beautiful guitar.

    The only shame is that that gorgeous oak is at the back where it'll hardly ever be seen!
     
  16. urizen

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    It truly is quite lovely. As has been said by others, clips would be nice.
     
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