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  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    As a practical matter, 95+ % of my gigging life was plugged in with pickups, and much of the rest was acoustic guitars amplified via mics or some kind of pickup (The exception was my bell brass-bodied Dobro. When they went to mic for a show I was doing at a small theater, I told them 'You're not going to need that."). It is only in the intimacy of the practice room or the private salon that the true sound of the acoustic archtop can be deeply appreciated, in my experience. Commercial exigencies prevail. A guy's gotta eat, and new strings aren't free...

    Nevertheless, playing my archtops (not high-end but nonetheless treasured) acoustically remains a profound pleasure.
    Great prespective, you certainly need amplification for most gigging situations for sure. I'm a hobby player / collector, and when I did play in bands 40 years ago, I was playing Duane Allman solos on two Les Pauls, one standard tuning, and the other tuned to open E. I could play the Fillmore album " note for note", wore out 2 vinyls learning the solos.

    Those gigs were fun, but caused hearing loss in my left ear , and my appreciation for acoustic archtop guitars was born.


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    I'm a retired Carpenter of 50 some years and I can't get enough. It has me plotting and scheming on where to start, although I have the basic parts for a Dreadnought. If I wrap up a deal next week as planned, I'll have my hands on an old, homemade, rough around the edges, archtop. At this point everything's up in the air so we'll see how it goes.

    As far as the acoustic sound, I'm with you on that 100%. I rarely turn on my amp when practicing. I enjoy the electric sound too but acoustic has something more natural about it. I'm happy to have come across such great workmanship here and I'm amazed with such precise artistry.


    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.

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    Steve, unfortunately they are not interested over there as well.... I have posted builds of Comins, Trenier and most recently a Buscarino over there. You are absolutely correct where the center of gravity of this forum resides. The appreciation of a superlative carved acoustic archtop guitar has unfortunately become a true “niche” group. For what it is worth, I have been watching and enjoying this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Thanks 2b. Nice to see some people on this forum still appreciate carved acoustic Archtop guitar builds. I’m thinking this particular build would have likely found more interest on the Acoustic Guitar Forum.

    I’ve realized ( over time) that this forum consists of players gravitating more towards the electric plug in experience - with less interest in un-amplified straight acoustic instruments.

  5. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Steve, unfortunately they are not interested over there as well.... I have posted builds of Comins, Trenier and most recently a Buscarino over there. You are absolutely correct where the center of gravity of this forum resides. The appreciation of a superlative carved acoustic archtop guitar has unfortunately become a true “niche” group. For what it is worth, I have been watching and enjoying this thread.
    Bob,
    It’s too bad we don’t see the interest or appreciation for these straight acoustic custom builds. It might be a result of limited exposure to these great instruments. I feel blessed to have enjoyed owning and playing these guitars.
    I’m glad you continue to patronize our talented builders and share the experience with our membership. Your recent Buscarino build is breathtaking - just perfect execution of wood , design and finish application. The toasted almond finish is remarkable.
    Glad your enjoying my build. Perhaps when COVID clears we can get together- I’d love to play some of your guitars.

  6. #105
    For those interested - just received these updated pics
    s from Bryant.


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    The color and binding look spectacular!

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    Wow!

    Beautiful! I look forward to end of your expectations .. so Bryant can start working on my project.

    Stay tuned and healthy!
    Last edited by Fal Tarlow; 10-28-2020 at 10:47 AM.

  9. #108
    Quote Originally Posted by Fal Tarlow View Post
    Wow!

    Beautiful! I look forward to end of your expectations .. so Bryant can start working on my project.

    Stay tuned and healthy!
    I’m in the home stretch now. I know Bryant is currently spraying 6 guitars , and not sure if your in this batch. I know the owners of the 3 Jazz electrics, but know nothing about the other 2.

  10. #109

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    I’m in the home stretch now. I know Bryant is currently spraying 6 guitars , and not sure if your in this batch. I know the owners of the 3 Jazz electrics, but know nothing about the other 2.
    Unfortunately my guitar is not in this batch, next is mine.. and I am looking forward of each that is finished.

    Stretch your fingers for new video clip with this beauty please.

  11. #110

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    For those interested - just received these updated pics
    s from Bryant.

    That looks warm and delicious, Steve!! Thanks for sharing the pictures with everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2 View Post
    The color and binding look spectacular!
    Indeed! Not to steal the OP's thunder, but I think I have the exact same side/back color and binding* on my 2020 laminate Jazz Special and everyone who's seen it in person has just had their jaw drop. OP will be extremely happy with the in-person result.

    (*though I think my neck binding is slightly darker)

  13. #112
    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny View Post
    Indeed! Not to steal the OP's thunder, but I think I have the exact same side/back color and binding* on my 2020 laminate Jazz Special and everyone who's seen it in person has just had their jaw drop. OP will be extremely happy with the in-person result.

    (*though I think my neck binding is slightly darker)
    Coolvinny,
    Yes- I think your right - our colors appear to be the same - which is fantastic.

    Bryants finish work and shading is so impressive - especially “in hand” ( as you noted).

    The excitement is starting to build - knowing I’ll have this guitar before the end of this year.

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    I appreciate an acoustic even more than an electric. They’re built differently. Anyone can slap on electronics to a thick heavy guitar and make it sound okay. But can you create a delicate instrument in the true sense of the word, and make it to have a voice that matches its aesthetic value? No, it truly takes a custom builder to fill that requirement. I can’t wait until your guitar is complete so you can enjoy it. Did I say I’m happy it’s in Sunburst?

  15. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    I appreciate an acoustic even more than an electric. They’re built differently. Anyone can slap on electronics to a thick heavy guitar and make it sound okay. But can you create a delicate instrument in the true sense of the word, and make it to have a voice that matches its aesthetic value? No, it truly takes a custom builder to fill that requirement. I can’t wait until your guitar is complete so you can enjoy it. Did I say I’m happy it’s in Sunburst?
    2b,
    I appreciate your comments - I too admire what it takes to make a great acoustic Archtop. Bryant has found a way to bring the best attributes of a pre war acoustic Archtop into a modern interpretation- inspired by Jim D’Aquisto.

    In the nearly 8 years of my friendship with Bryant I have seen his interpretation and development of the Archtop turn into something real special.

    As with all the great builders - Bryant has developed his own unique voice - which in my opinion incorporates the best attributes of a flat top ( rich bass and sustain) and an Archtop( fat trebles and a sweet woody mid range).

    Since I predominately play chord melody un amplified - a Trenier guitar is a perfect match for my style of playing.
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    Thought some of you might like this...(Pasquale G)


  17. #116
    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Thought some of you might like this...(Pasquale G)

    Bob,
    Thanks for sharing. Great singing and playing. Pasquale Grasso has become a World renowned master guitarist. This man can choose to play any guitar, and his choice is the Trenier - for its rich , creamy , warm balanced tone.

    Ive heard Pasquale sound like a piano at times on Bryants guitar.

    My Georgian will have strings on in about two weeks. I'm getting
    real excited, because I know it will be a spectacular instrument.

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    Bryant just posted some information on his Facebook page about Pasquale’s guitar and his appreciation for the music.

    Trenier Guitars - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twXfT3NT_... | Facebook


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  19. #118
    Just got an update today from the bench of
    Bryant Trenier. The Georgian is in final set up and beginning to make some sounds.

    Here are A few pics.


    Bryant still has to buff out bridge/ saddle and mount finger rest. He’s currently tweaking in saddle and nut slotting - which has a profound affect on the overall tone of the instrument.

    A guitar can only reach its full potential with a proper set up.


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    Looks great! I was just wondering where this was in the process today. Looking forward to seeing the final and would love to hear it as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Bryant just posted some information on his Facebook page about Pasquale’s guitar and his appreciation for the music.

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    Those Jazz Specials are just amazingly beautiful...

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    Wow - just beautiful, Steve - bet your anticipation is really peaking now : )

  23. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by MCampellone View Post
    Wow - just beautiful, Steve - bet your anticipation is really peaking now : )
    Mark - it gets real exciting at this point. Bryants initial reaction after stringing it up was “ it’s going to be a whopper”. That was a Jim D’Aquisto reference to a real good one.

    Thanks for taking a look - and keep up the great work Mark.

  24. #123
    Quote Originally Posted by guido5


    Those Jazz Specials are just amazingly beautiful...
    Yes- Bryants Jazz electrics are awesome . I will never part with mine.


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  25. #124
    Quote Originally Posted by Paulie2 View Post
    Looks great! I was just wondering where this was in the process today. Looking forward to seeing the final and would love to hear it as well
    Paulie2,
    Thanks for following the build - its nearly completed . I’ll make some audio clips when it’s in my hands.


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  26. #125

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    Lovely sunburst!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Just got an update today from the bench of
    Bryant Trenier. The Georgian is in final set up and beginning to make some sounds.

    Here are A few pics.


    Bryant still has to buff out bridge/ saddle and mount finger rest. He’s currently tweaking in saddle and nut slotting - which has a profound affect on the overall tone of the instrument.

    A guitar can only reach its full potential with a proper set up.
    Stevie, That is INSANELY beautiful!
    before you play that guitar, you must shave your entire body, from the eyebrows down. You need to take 2 showers, a half hour apart and then wrap yourself in Silk. Find a room in the house with nothing else in it other than a levitation device that holds the guitar with pressurized air (you know, the one that your D'Aquisto is in ) and just walk up to the guitar and caress it. Then, play great, like you play. No pick!!! And make sure your fingernails are perfectly trimmed.. No calluses. Anywhere. Not even on your feet.
    All kidding aside, that guitar is a masterpiece. Absolutely perfect in every way. An heirloom.
    You deserve it Steve. You work hard and you made all the right moves (unlike me..).
    Enjoy and thanks for sharing.
    Joe D

  28. #127

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Just got an update today from the bench of
    Bryant Trenier. The Georgian is in final set up and beginning to make some sounds.

    Here are A few pics.


    Bryant still has to buff out bridge/ saddle and mount finger rest. He’s currently tweaking in saddle and nut slotting - which has a profound affect on the overall tone of the instrument.

    A guitar can only reach its full potential with a proper set up.


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    Wow! That looks spectacular, Steve. I'm so excited for you and Bryant. So close! Can't wait until you make beautiful music on it. A real whopper!

  29. #128
    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Stevie, That is INSANELY beautiful!
    before you play that guitar, you must shave your entire body, from the eyebrows down. You need to take 2 showers, a half hour apart and then wrap yourself in Silk. Find a room in the house with nothing else in it other than a levitation device that holds the guitar with pressurized air (you know, the one that your D'Aquisto is in ) and just walk up to the guitar and caress it. Then, play great, like you play. No pick!!! And make sure your fingernails are perfectly trimmed.. No calluses. Anywhere. Not even on your feet.
    All kidding aside, that guitar is a masterpiece. Absolutely perfect in every way. An heirloom.
    You deserve it Steve. You work hard and you made all the right moves (unlike me..).
    Enjoy and thanks for sharing.
    Joe D
    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the accolades - much appreciated. This is a special build and Bryant really went the extra mile for me. It will be cherished for sure - just as you noted.
    When this pandemic clears out Id love to get together and have you play some of these instruments - it would be fun.
    Joe- you’ve made some great guitar buys along the way - and great choices in life and don’t ever doubt / second guess yourself. You have a loving family and you’ve shared great stories with me - and the value of that is priceless.

    My work life has its benefits, but it also has taken it’s toll. Vinny sent me something the other day that resonated with me. It was a conversation with God - and at one point God said “ why is it that people sacrifice there health to make money, only to give the money back later in life when they have health issues.

    Sometimes we lose track of whats important.


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  30. #129
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan View Post
    Wow! That looks spectacular, Steve. I'm so excited for you and Bryant. So close! Can't wait until you make beautiful music on it. A real whopper!
    Michael,
    It’s getting real exciting and Bryant is very pleased with the outcome. I’m glad I just let him do his thing- that’s when artists do their best work -and this is an example of that decision.

    Your Jazz electric is right along side mine. Here is a pic of lacquered tail pieces- one of which goes on your guitar.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Michael,
    It’s getting real exciting and Bryant is very pleased with the outcome. I’m glad I just let him do his thing- that’s when artists do their best work -and this is an example of that decision.

    Your Jazz electric is right along side mine. Here is a pic of lacquered tail pieces- one of which goes on your guitar.


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    Thanks for that picture. I'm getting excited. Hope he's working on some pick guards for another guitar, too.

  32. #131
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan View Post
    Thanks for that picture. I'm getting excited. Hope he's working on some pick guards for another guitar, too.
    I’m sure the pick-guard reveal is any day.


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    Closer... Closer.... A really fine objet d'arte will soon be yours. Enjoy!

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    Thank you Stevie. Love the build a lot. But appreciate the friendship we gorged even more.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by guido5 View Post


    Those Jazz Specials are just amazingly beautiful...
    That's my guitar! I've now had the KA pickup mounted with screws into the pickguard instead of the original epoxy, which has not detracted from the aesthetics at all. The guitar is too pretty, really...

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    Steve you're obviously going to love your carved Trenier! As you know, Bryant really knows how to voice a guitar.

  37. #136
    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Closer... Closer.... A really fine objet d'arte will soon be yours. Enjoy!
    Thank you Citizenk74 - it won’t be long now.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Thank you Stevie. Love the build a lot. But appreciate the friendship we gorged even more.
    JD
    Joe - our friendship is invaluable - and thanks for following the build.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coolvinny View Post
    Steve you're obviously going to love your carved Trenier! As you know, Bryant really knows how to voice a guitar.
    Coolvinny- your right , Bryant really does know how to voice a guitar. It’s all done by feel instinct and what the instrument has to offer. I just love your Jazz electric, and might possibly have a Trenier floating laminate one day.


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    For those interested - the Trenier Georgian is finally completed. Here are pics posted today on Bryants Facebook page. The guitar is extraordinary - and I understand it’s a real Canon.

    Bryant went over and above on this build - and it signifies the beginning of future custom unique orders to come out of Uzes France.

    His builds continue to reach new levels.

    Thanks to all those who expressed an interest in this build - it’s really exceeded my expectations.










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    Congrats Steve...

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    For those interested - the Trenier Georgian is finally completed. Here are pics posted today on Bryants Facebook page. The guitar is extraordinary - and I understand it’s a real Canon.

    Bryant went over and above on this build - and it signifies the beginning of future custom unique orders to come out of Uzes France.

    His builds continue to reach new levels.

    Thanks to all those who expressed an interest in this build - it’s really exceeded my expectations.










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    Wow. That looks amazing, Steve! I'm so happy for you and Bryant. I can't wait until you get it into your talented hands and make wonderful music with it. We're all anxious for a tone report! Congratulations!!

  43. #142
    Quote Originally Posted by iim7V7IM7 View Post
    Congrats Steve...
    Thanks Bob - it came out great. I understand it has a real powerful voice.


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  44. #143
    Quote Originally Posted by D'Aquisto Fan View Post
    Wow. That looks amazing, Steve! I'm so happy for you and Bryant. I can't wait until you get it into your talented hands and make wonderful music with it. We're all anxious for a tone report! Congratulations!!
    Michael - thanks ! This build was a real personal endeavor - and I’m honored Bryant
    took the time to build me something real special. I’ll cherish this one forever.


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    Hi Steve,
    I just chanced on the pics tonight, and must say that Bryant has made
    a first class job of your new model, the colour is unusual ,a nice burst
    I hope that you are delighted with it now completed.We look forward
    to your review of it once you have it home.



    Best regards, Alan

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfoxx View Post
    Hi Steve,
    I just chanced on the pics tonight, and must say that Bryant has made
    a first class job of your new model, the colour is unusual ,a nice burst
    I hope that you are delighted with it now completed.We look forward
    to your review of it once you have it home.



    Best regards, Alan
    Hi Alan,
    Thanks ! Bryants finishes are inspired by his surroundings in France - they are a bit more organic than the usual burst.
    I’m anxiously looking forward to playing it and will report my impressions.


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    Oh my God Steve, that’s incredible.
    It looks like one of the 4 seasons guitars! Everything about it is elegant, understated. Even down to the fade on the headstock.
    Nicest guitar I’ve ever seen. Even Bryant is probably stepping back and saying, “damn, I killed it on this one..”
    Steve, that is just flat out beautiful. Wow.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    Oh my God Steve, that’s incredible.
    It looks like one of the 4 seasons guitars! Everything about it is elegant, understated. Even down to the fade on the headstock.
    Nicest guitar I’ve ever seen. Even Bryant is probably stepping back and saying, “damn, I killed it on this one..”
    Steve, that is just flat out beautiful. Wow.
    JD
    Thanks Joe ! It really came out awesome . This was all Bryants design and he went beyond my wildest expectations.

    Bryant and I have become close friends over the years and he really took care of me with this one . I absolutely love it - and from his last email it’s a Canopper (Canon - whopper) .

    I’ll make some audio and keep you posted when it arrives.


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    Nothing less than superb! I love the finish - I would call it cafe-au-lait. And I could drink it in all day!

  50. #149
    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74 View Post
    Nothing less than superb! I love the finish - I would call it cafe-au-lait. And I could drink it in all day!
    Citizen74,
    Thanks for the kind words. I too love the finish, it’s organic and a thing of beauty.


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    Absolutely gorgeous. Congrats!