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G.W. Barry Concert CW 2005 (Consignment) SOLD

G.W. Barry Concert CW 2005 (Consignment) SOLD

Lush full bass response that seems to come from the center of earth, silky smooth midrange and round sparkling trebles meld with complex overtones on this beautiful Barry Concert Cutaway. It is like having a small orchestra inside and melodies just waiting to leap out of the sound hole. This example from 2005 in in near mint condition and comes with the K and K Trinity pickup. This guitar definitely possesses the three C’s: clarity, complexity and comfort!!!

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G.W. Barry Concert Cutaways SOLD

G.W. Barry Concert Cutaways SOLD

Imagine my surprise and elation when one of my all time favourite luthiers walks into the store with not one but two of my favourite models the Concert Cutaway with side port! It is similar to unwrapping a Christmas present and finding two slightly different versions of the toy you always wanted!!

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G.W. Barry Concert Model: Ziricote/ Engelmann/ Snakewood Sold

G.W. Barry Concert Model: Ziricote/ Engelmann/ Snakewood Sold

Sometimes a luthier has to throw everything he’s got at a project … every tasteful aesthetic upgrade, that top he has been saving for a decade, the very best exotic set of back & sides, absolutely everything learned in the last 25 years of professional building … the whole enchilada. Sometimes the sound of a guitar such as this falls short of expectations. In this particular case, it has produced the best instrument to date from the already very impressive track record of veteran luthier G.W. Barry!

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G.W. Barry OM: Bearclaw Spruce & Brazilian Rosewood Sold

G.W. Barry OM: Bearclaw Spruce & Brazilian Rosewood Sold

Don’t get me wrong … I am all for the new innovations that private luthiers are incorporating into their guitars these days. Bring on all of the built-in bevels … put as many ports as you can possibly squeeze in and inlay it to within an inch of its life … I LOVE that kind of creativity and forward movement in the evolution of my musical instrument of choice. But I have to admit it is also nice to see a veteran builder make an instrument that quietly stands on its own … to be judged as a musical tool based solely on sound & playability.

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G.W. Barry Concert Cutaway: Bearclaw Sitka & Flamed Brazilian Rosewood Sold

As a luthier, more often than not, your sound evolves very slowly over the course of your career … so slowly, that it is sometimes difficult to notice. But every once in a while a new building concept solidifies in one instrument and your tone jumps to a new level. This is one of those guitars.

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G.W. Barry Concert Custom Sold

G.W. Barry Concert Custom Sold

You’re an accomplished guitarist who has been playing for quite some time. You’ve owned a number of good guitars over the years … all of them did the job but none were exactly what you wanted. It sounds to me like it is time to order that guitar-of-a-lifetime from a veteran luthier … someone with a proven track record of consistently creating exceptional sounding instruments. This was the start of the thought process that led one of our regular customers to order a truly custom guitar from long-time professional luthier G.W. Barry.

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