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Guitar Review: Goulding Guitars ‘Bohemian’
Nov27

Guitar Review: Goulding Guitars ‘Bohemian’

  Presence. No, not the curiously named knob in the EQ section of your amp. I’m talking about something closer to style or charisma, perhaps. Something we’d all like a little bit more of. You know, the idea that you could just stand in the corner at a party and somehow everyone would know you’re there, and it doesn’t matter that some love you and some loath you, but because of who you are, you simply draw people to you? Not because you’re famous, not because you’re rich, not because your reputation goes before you. Just ‘cos you’re uncompromisingly you and the world had better get used to it. Since I began this website, I had often thought about the possibility of reviewing guitars. It has quite astonished me just how many guitar manufacturers and luthiers there are out there in the world (see the A-Z page) and of course, only a fraction of them get a look-in with the MSM of the guitar world, therefore it is only natural that there be a demand out there for useful independent reviews of the luthier’s art outside of the mainstream. And so, to cut the story a bit short, a little while ago a cardboard carton arrived at my house from luthier Anthony Goulding, the first person to throw caution to the wind and entrust the reputation of his guitars to my humble opinion. And my humble opinion is this: whether it’s a film, a play, a plate of food, a painting or a guitar – work of art or useful object, I don’t have to like it to ‘get’ it. And if I get it, then that usually means that in my opinion, whoever the creator is or was, they have succeeded in showing the world what they were trying to achieve because their creation says it all. No need for words or explanation. Which preamble lays my cards on the table for the future – and also prepares the way for my description of opening the guitar case containing the Guilding Guitars ‘Bohemian’ for the first time … … I got it. Aluminium, Brass & Gold Just to be clear, Anthony Goulding makes guitars from aluminium. That means that, apart from the fretboard and hardware, each guitar is wholly aluminium – neck and all. Why would anyone do that? Anthony is not alone in having had the inspiration to manufacture guitars from this material – there are at least five other makers that I can find out there who have taken this route, most likely more. One of them seems to have arrived at the use of aluminium as an...

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