Featured Special Select: Lowden Pierre Bensusan Model
"This guitar is truly a stunner! What struck me immediately upon opening the case was the unique and thought out selection of woods used to build this incredible Pierre Bensusan model guitar. What an amazing recipe! From the awesome grained Adirondack top, mottled ebony bevel, to the 5 piece figured maple neck, this is truly a Signature bespoke build.
The specifications of this guitar truly reflect the brilliant finger style playing style of its namesake. The chosen nut width and bridge string spacing make this guitar supremely playable for contemporary as well as traditional acoustic guitar styles styles.
This is a powerfully musical instrument. The notes are well balanced with a clear open resonance and define separation. This guitar will speak well, not only in standard tuning, but probably any open tuning the player would choose..." - Craig
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Gustavssons On The Way
A rare set of Gustavssons are on their way to CR Guitars and we wanted to take this opportunity to give you a preview of what's in store. Like many luthiers, Johan Gustavsson can only produce a certain number of guitars a year and with sky high demand it is indeed a special day when one Gustavsson, let alone a set of three arrives at our doorstep. They aren't here yet, but here's what's coming......Read More
Collings C10 Collection
As I've written many times before, my personal tastes leans toward smaller body acoustics. In my opinion, the Collings C10 model is close to perfection when it comes to smaller bodied guitars. Collings has built this model as a perfect platform to allow the player to customize this guitar to his or her taste while being able to keep the core integrity of the guitar totally intact. At CR Guitars we have a selection of C10's that were custom designed with the player in mind. Check out the pictures, specifications and descriptions and let me know if you have any questions. Enjoy!!
The four guitars in set are (in the order seen above):
Colby Comes To CR Guitars
Our customers share something in common with Mitch Colby of Colby Amplification; caring deeply about tone. After a 40 year career based around amplifiers Mitch started Colby Amplification with a desire to produce the very best possible tube guitar amplifiers, amplifiers that have been designed with tone as the number one focus. Period. Everything possible is done to keep the signal path pure, all tube, and sounding great. With that kind of approach we at CR guitars felt that Colby was a great candidate for our limited lineup of amps. Indeed, Colby's creations fit perfectly with our hand-selected ethic - they are boutique all the way!...Read More
There is a batch of videos that do a great job of demoing the Vertex pedals and we'd like to share them with you. We will be carrying items from the Vertex product line, designed by Mason Marangella. Mason has made pedals and pedal boards for the elite of the elite: Robben Ford, Michael Landau, John Scofield and Eddie Martinez - just to name a few. Here at CR Guitars we only want to carry the highest quality products, and Mason and his Vertex line are a great match - right alongside the other pedal greats, Pete Cornish and John Landgraff. Check back soon - in addition to the killer Landau Mod Chorus Pedal, we will be carrying the Vertex Wah pedal as well as providing pedal board services for custom requests. For now, click the read more link below to view the videos....Read More
Acoustics, Hand Selected for You
We here at CR Guitars have done quite a lot of research on our selection of acoustic guitars. They're a rare cross section of instruments hand selected to appeal to a very special breed of guitar buyers - our customers. You see, we don't just select great acoustic guitars - there are plenty of those. We select exceptional acoustic guitars that have characteristics that will make them particularly noteworthy, not only for an acoustic player but for the electric musician. From specific neck shapes and body styles to incredible playability, we look for the acoustics that will knock an electrics player's socks off. A quick glance at our lineup should be pretty convincing - we carry, now or in the future, acoustics by: Collings, George Lowden, Raymond Kraut, Jason Kostal, Michi Matsuda, Joe Veillette and of course the oh-so-flexible Blackbirds. So take a look. We think you'll be surprised.
Stephen Marchione "Mike Moreno" Model
It has been a long wait to acquire a set of Marchione semi-hollow guitars and when they arrived it was an exciting day! We knew they'd be amazing - these ARE Marchione guitars. But of course, in person they were stunning and gorgeous, even majestic. They are all custom variations of Marchione's "Mike Moreno" model, each one special in its own right. Click the 'read more' link below to view a lush photo survey of these guitars....Read More
Johan Gustavsson Semi-Hollow Masterpieces
The Johan Gustavsson Semi-Hollows, otherwise referred to as the Bluesmaster-S and Dotmaster have been stopping briefly here at CR Guitars on their way to cherishing owners. A gang of them recently came through and sold before we could even post them on our website (a good reason to give us a call if you're interested in one of these amazing guitars). But before handing them over to their respective new owners we took the time to photograph them and here we have posted a spread of those photos for your enjoyment. Read on for a lush expo on these amazing instruments......Read More
As you may know, the CR in CR Guitars stands for Craig and Renée (visit our about page). Speaking of Renée, we've recently added a link at the top of each page of CR Guitars to Renée's website where you can purchase her CD, Once In A Lifetime (all proceeds go to The Jason Tharp Memorial Scholarship Foundation). OK, we're biased, but Renée's CD is just exquisite, and you owe it to yourself to check it out. It has received outstanding reviews, utilizes many of New York's finest musicians and was produced by Craig, who's also no slouch. So consider this your heads up--the link will stay there, but in case it's hard to notice it we'd thought we'd let you know about the treasure that lies beneath.
It's a great guitar. Don Grosh took all the things you love about T-style guitars, added his own unique body shape, shaped a neck with wood to die for, hand wound the pickups to match, and crafted an instrument we think you'll treasure...
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