I am pretty sure Esteve will sustain the improve as it aged. For Guo guitar i seriously doubt so... the chinese is good in workmanship etc... but when come to sound i always havs a big question mark over it. Perhaps that explains many Guo buyer decides to sell their guitar just after playing it for 1-2 year.Weaver wrote: ↑Fri May 10, 2019 11:53 pmThe Esteve had plenty of volume. The trebles were clear and bright. The Guo certainly has volume but the trebles were not quite as bright, the workmanship was a little more refined on the Guo. Playability was good on both. I understand with both being spruce they will open up with time.
I hope that your post was a joke.MessyTendon wrote: ↑Sat May 11, 2019 4:27 pmFan braces or nothing...
Guo is a tin can guitar...If you want tin can sound that's Guo.
I don't want to sound anything like a modern artists. Classical guitar should sound sweet and warm. Pushing the treble and midrange to crunchy extremes with floppy tops is the dumbest idea in the craft of building guitars that I have ever heard and seen.
I know how his workshop works, you are right that most of his guitar not produced by him. He hired group of worker to mass produce it... and some even sub contract to other chinese luthiers, that is why you find the quality is inconsistent.SteveL123 wrote: ↑Sat May 11, 2019 4:51 pmYou have to judge each guitar on it's own, by how it sounds and plays, and not generalize about its construction and thus it's characteristics.
How many Guo Chamber Concerts are being made each year? I suspect many, judging by how many new ones are available for sale all over the world. I am sure Mr Guo did not make all of them, he has a lot of help. I have tried 3 Guo Chamber Concerts about 3 years ago, 2 new, one used. Of the 2 new ones, I liked one of them, the other I didn't. The used one was terrible. I did not buy one, didn't like it enough. I am sure some of them are really good. You'll just have to be patient and find a good one.
Same feedback from many Guo owners i know... the sound may blow you away initially but will not be able to sustain further when you feel the guitar has the lack of soul of a true classical guitar.MrSteve wrote: ↑Wed May 15, 2019 8:08 pmI owned a Guo chamber concert (cedar) for several years. What I eventually realized was that the technical mechanics of a fan braced guitar is what continuously draws me into the sound I prefer in classical guitar.
The guo is loud, it is a cannon. But ultimately for me it was not my guitar that I always picked up.
I used to play a Pavan Tp30, supposedly built by the Esteve factory. While not the same quality as #12, I always found it (the pavan) easy to play,