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Description: Acoustic with pickup. Made in USA. This guitar was built between Aug and Dec 2000. The back and sides are 5A Koa, Sitka Spruce top, one piece mahogany neck, ebony fretboard, carved ebony bridge in the shape of an eagle in flight, double barrel abolone rossette, abolone thunderbird inlays, 42 style top trim, ivory nut and saddle, with a Fishman undersaddle pickup, gold grover tuners. The body shape is grand autorium, (similer in shape to a Gibson J-180) This is truely a spectacular guitar to look at, my only problem is that I'm not nearly a good enough player to own a guitar this nice.
Comments: This guitars tone is wonderful, very differant than the mahogany guitars that I'm use to. A friend says that it sounds more sophisticated, if that makes any sense. It has a very full sound, the bass response is unbelievable, while the highs have a ringing bell like quality.
Comments: Like the other Moonstone reviewer on this site I was saving for some time for a top notch acoustic guitar. The quality and craftsmanship is far beyond anything that I expected. The first time I opened the case I was in complete awe. The beauty of the woods and the finish are truely spectacular. Every detail, from what I see, is flawless. The setup was perfect out of the box, it stays in tune very well. I don't think durability is going to be a problem. It's 6 months old now and I do have some minor scratches from normal playing but that's to be expected.
Pros: Like I said it wasn't cheap, but I did get what I paid for, I plan on teaching my son and daughter how to play using this guitar. When it comes to customer service Steve is the greatest. After I sent the deposit Steve sent me weekly updates on how things were going, most of the e-mails included pictures of my guitar in progress. Every question was ansewered promptly and respectfully, even the questions that came up after I recieved the guitar. I called Steve when it arrived and he made a point of telling me that he will stand behind his work. He's a good man and he built me (in my opinion) the best acoustic guitar in the world. I'm now in the process of saving for another Moonstone, the only issue is chosing which to get next.
Cons: I can't think of anything negative to say, it took about 5 months for my guitar to be built, but I knew that going in. One bad thing about Moonnstone guitars is that once you own one, you'll soon be looking to own another.
Bob B. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
over ten years
blues classic rock folk