|When I recieved my Joel guitar I was as excited as a kid on Christmas. I tore open the packaging and was pleasantly surprised at the way it looks. I carefuly inspected the crafstmanship and was totaly impressed at the way it was constructed. Now for the real test, how does it play? Oh my! I was delighted at the way it played, but when I heard that sound I knew I had struck gold.This baby is a keeper. I have owned and played many fine guitars but would have to rate my Joel guitar as equal to the very best in both sound and appearance. Hats off to Joel for making such a fine guitar!
-- Jan. 2006 Glenn Johnson
Joel, After a bit of a delay, one day to be exact, I got the guitar (Small Jumbo) today at work. Fortunately it has been slow this week so I was able to take it out right away and play it.
First off, I was impressed with the workmanship. I know you were quick to point out the flaws, and I commend you for that, but the quality far outweighs the tiny finish flaws....
With a quick tune and strum I was taken. The bass was prominent and had a somewhat Gibson-like thump. Very cool. The whole tone of the guitar reminded me of my Advanced Jumbo at home, and I can't wait to get it home to A-B compare them.
I have owned a Taylor 414, and this guitar really did not compare. Kind of like two different animals. The Taylor had crystalline highs and even lows, like I guess all Taylors do. This guitar had a much woodier tone, like a boutique guitar should....All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with the guitar, and really feel as if I got a steal with the price....Keep on Buildin'
-- Jan. 2006 Steve Kull
Joel, First of all you’re not getting this one back. I took it to my son’s house and gave it a workout he has a Taylor 514 yours was better. He can’t believe how easily it plays and how comfortable it is. Combination of the 12fret design and your OM size is just a little smaller then my other OM and feels better. I was looking at his Taylor case next to mine they are identical. That was a great deal. Thanks for building a keeper.
-- Jan. 2006 Rich Meyers