LaRose Custom Guitars American Master HandcraftedLaRose
LaRose Guitars are handcrafted one at a time, in extremely limited numbers, by Connecticut luthier Todd D'Agostino. With production barely exceeding 50 instruments annually, you can be assured each LaRose guitar is built to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. This LaRose American Master is the guitar equivalent of a Mercedes Benz. Highly refined, well engineered and a very smooth ride. It's the most trivial details on this guitar that have been obsessed over. Things like the pick up rings and control cavity cover which have been carved out of wood, or the intricate rosewood headstock overlay. Maybe it's the tone tapped mahogany neck or body or the highly figured maple top. Or maybe it's just the killer tone! That smooth, rich, warm tone that's as sweet as maple syrup. That tone where you can hear the pick "chirp" coming of the strings. You only get those qualities out of very special instruments. This one weighs a reasonable 8 lb. 8 oz. but feels substantial and well balanced. The dual humbuckers and tune-o-matic tail piece are an homage to the past while the recessed locking tuners and unique body silhouette are very progressive. This one has seen some action and has some light play wear. There are a few small impressions, swirls and light, fine clear coat scratches. The frets show minor wear / divoting but nothing extreme. Overall, this performance machine will make you feel like you're wearing a Rolex every time you strap it on.