So, I headed to Kramster's house after work. My expectations were already high. A short scale CF guitar with the unidirectional top.
I picked her up, and started playing my fingerstyle songs. If I had closed my eyes, I would have sworn I had my Wood OMC in my hands. THAT is how great sounding this guitar is.
Kramster and I took turns playing for one another, and it became more and more clear over the time we spent with it, that Ashwin had created the best CF guitar we have played to date. This guitar sounds great unplugged and plugged in. It is the first CF guitar I have played that I have absolutely loved unplugged.
Is this a travel guitar. Nope. I would say it is about the same size as my OMC wood guitar. The rough finish was quite nice, and the quality, what one would expect of Rainsong, excellent. To look at the guitar, you would never know it is a short scale. But it plays like butter, and handles fingerstyle and heavy strumming. What was particularly interesting was the fact that you could play it softly, or dig in and play it hard. And it responded. Responded just like my wood guitars. Pure genious.
Every CF guitar has its own purpose. Emerald, Blackbird and Cargo build some great guitars. Each suited for its own purpose.
But having been a singer since I was 6 years old, I guess I am a music snob. By the way, ew plugged it into a Schertler amp and it sounded amazing (my gosh these are fantastic amps!).
I did not sing tonight. I really thought this guitar deserved the spotlight...