For the last six months I've been waiting for this guitar & wondering just what it would be like. The EIR/Adi dread I heard Robert Bowlin play at Peaceful Bend in May was so I great, I wondered if it was the exception. Well after almost 5 days of playing my Mahogany Dreadnaught, I'm ready to share my thoughts on this new instrument.
This guitar is without doubt the finest sounding new instrument I've ever played. It's loud. The sound is balanced string to string, and note for note all over the fretboard. The fretwork is exceptional and the set-up is as low as you can go without buzzing. The guitar responds to the lightest touch, and so it's easy to play, and doesn't need to be whipped like a mule to get sound out of it. The wood selection is first class. The top is a very clear piece of Adirondack with some silking and no runout. The mahogany back & sides are a very straight & beautiful set. The build quality can be seen in the fine details and yet you can tell that the guitar was handbuilt by a human being. The sound is warm for a new guitar and has a great bass response already, but retains the great clarity of mahogany. Both the sound to the player and the projection of the instrument out front are stellar. The guitar has lots of sustain, and a sparkle and clarity that is similar to Collings. The overall tone is warmer. This is a guitar I'll be dragging with me everywhere I go, and i'd have to say if I were forced to choose just one guitar....this would be it. Now I know how Gary Collier feels about his Posch guitars. The quality of the instrument, as well as the playability and the complexity of the sound are way out of proportion with the price. This guitar is an absolute gift, and I can see why Robert Bowlin is so sold on Terry Whipple's work. If you're looking for a great new guitar, please check out whipplecreekguitars.com and see for yourself.