Hi Hugh, herewith a little story for yr site - regards Reini
In 1973 I bought a Yamaha FG 500 which was my only instrument
and trusty travel/writing mate and co-performer for 20 years.
I was amazed that Keb Mo still uses one today (see DVD 'Session
at West 54th')! Makes one think...
In the early 90's I decided to buy a Martin but was persuaded
to buy a 510 Taylor instead, now played very actively by my
oldest son. I became a Taylor fan and have owned a few Baby's
(my preferred slide guitar), a big Baby, 310, 314, 712 (my
best plugged guitar) and K22ce. I am also the proud owner
of a Santa Cruz H14 which is in a class of its own.
Recently, the need for a Martin resurfaced, leading to my
contact with Hugh's Fine Guitars. On a trip to the big Gauteng
Apple, I made an important stop at 4 ways and spent a marvelous
morning drooling over an armoury of wonderful wood and steel!
It was a difficult choice but since I was flying back to Cape
Town and was able to take only one home (besides which, I
do value my marriage!). My choice was a 0018V which suited
my finger style perfectly.
Each of my guitars holds a very special place in my life and
it would be quite wrong to choose a favourite, but already
this Martin has become part of the family. It's mahogany which
gives it a crispness that will work well for recording. The
neck is very playable and the voice is bluesy and way bigger
than its very comfortable small size. It will also be a great
slide guitar. I love the no-frills simplicity and classic
design. The case is the best I own, by far. Being a long time
Elixir user, I've fitted those but for the first time, I may
be tempted to go uncoated on at least one guitar...
My sincere compliments to Hugh Cumming on a really good website
and passionate contribution to the nurturing of acoustic guitar
music in SA. I look forward to giving it a much needed boost
in the Cape.