I think more and more we've hear or read a disappointing experience when observing super expensive guitar.larryguitar wrote: ↑Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:39 amDo interested buyers get to play it at the public viewing? It’s a lot of cash to put down on a blind purchase.
I actually played a Fleta recently and it was a terrible disappointment. The trebles were dead, the basses were nice. Supposedly, the strings were new. It was from the 1960s. Was it played out? Could it be fixed? I’m not a virtuoso but I could tell that it didn’t respond even when pushed hard.
I have some exactly similar experience with Larry. Few years ago in Singapore, i tried a 2nd generation famous German guitar (i won't drop the name), super expensive (55.000 US$), but it sounds dead. No dynamic, very weak sound. Almost like Yamaha CG series student guitar.
I also tried Centenario model limited edition famous Spanish guitar (28.000 US$). And it also sounds just so and so, nothing special although not as bad as the 55.000 $ guitar.
And my most recent terrible direct experience is on this thread : viewtopic.php?f=1&t=125699&p=1338263#p1338263
Mediocre craftmanship, lots of very obvious wolf notes, poor set up.
My friend also have terrible experience with real Bouchet that he tried at Andrea Tacchi's workshop (i drop the name here because the maker is already dead so i will not offend anyone). The guitar even can not tuned properly. Terrible intonation. Always out of tune everywhere.
I think this is a warning for all of us. Always be cautious when dealing with super expensive guitars. Some guitars are indeed has super high quality (sound, craftmanship, materials quality, and playability) to match their high price tag. But many of them are just gives you a fantasy, fairy tales, overhype reputation, myth, and another (sorry) b-s..