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This is my first post and I am hoping to get some information from people that are much more knowledgeable than I am. Has anyone heard of Rubinsguitars? They are supposedly handcrafted, all solid wood guitars. Here is a picture of a tag:
Any information would be much appreciated. Thank you.
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"While you try to master classical guitar, prepare for a slave's life: the guitar will forever be your master and you its slave".
vic-victor wrote:I haven't have a chance to play one of these, but I had an intention to get one a couple of years ago. As far as I know Bruce is not a luthier, but a US based trader. He had some nice looking guitars advertised on e - b a y at a very low price at that time. In his listing he mentioned that the guitars were Asian-made. They looked good and a solid Brazilian rosewood guitar was selling at around $600. I did some negotiations, agreed on price inclusive of postage to Oz, sent the money through, but got it back in 3 days. Bruce refused to send a guitar saying he has been advised that Australian customs may not allow BRW into Australia, plus the postage quote he got was a lot higher than he expected. So I ended up buying Spanish guitar elsewhere.
Sounds like the $600 you negotiated was too low for him to follow through on. Good job!
If time rolled around for me to buy another guitar I would definitely go with Rubin guitar, unless I was shopping for some exceptionally nice instrument. Mine is not asian though. It is made in Romania.
Over all: very satisfied with purchase and highly recommend it.
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The feedback has been almost totally good.
The models are limited: Fleta style, Ramirez style, all solid etc.
I was really tempted to try one out but unfortunately his prices seem to have gone up somewhat. They go for $400 to $600 - previously it was $300 to $400
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He also advises against buying an older instrument. He says that the guitar starts to lose tone, shape etc after 30 years unlike violins, cellos, etc. Not sure I agree with this part. I guess his new guitars at $500 are competing against a good used older guitar like a Yamaha or Yairi or Hirade, etc.
I was interested until I could not nail him down on the size of the guitar although he finally alluded to mostly 650mm. But I could not get a specific answer on the width of the fingerboard at the 0 fret nor the actual wood the $500 guitar is made of.
His $250 guitar is "mixed" so I guess it comes from different shops and with what woods are available.
They are made in China, btw, and the $500 model is made by the master luthier and the $250 guitar is made by apprentices.
This is as much info as I have and I did not feel comfortable taking the plunge for a student of mine given that I could not get specific info.
He does offer a 3 day trial and will pay the freight back. He did not answer (twice) whether or not it came with a case and what kind of case. Minor consideration at the price except I don't like the guitar shipped without a case.
I've thought several times about purchasing one of Bruce's guitars and at the very least it would make a great beach guitar-- so to speak and after reading these positive reviews I think it would be a worthwile purchase, but I have this thing about buying anything from China and avoid it whenver possible.
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The fit and finish of the body is nice. The fingerboard, however, was a disappointment. It's "ebonized" rosewood which I find distasteful, and is bound with rosewood as well. I don't care much for bound fingerboards, especially when they're not glued well and there is a slight gap.
Also the tuner holes are sloppy and much larger than they should be.
Here are pictures of some of the issues I have: http://imgur.com/a/MgexS
The sound is nice, it's just too quiet. I feel like I can't create any dynamics with it. The difference between light free strokes and strong rest strokes is relatively small.
I'm planning on returning it and looking some more for a decent solid spruce top.
I also find it interesting that most of the praise in this thread is from new accounts which are now defunct. That's a bit suspicious.
2002 Hill Munich (spruce/Indian Rosewood)
1999 Hill Madrid (cedar/Indian Rosewood)
1972 Ramirez 1a
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