In my quest to find us good quality guitars to look at I have literally found them in just about every country on the planet.
Quality we do have some American Made Acoustic Guitars that we can really boast about.
No we’re not talking the main stream builders here in the US. Instead in this post, what we’re looking at will be an acoustic guitar crafted by a smaller independent Master Luthier right here in our own state of Oregon.
Today we are going to take a look at a Kraut Guitar, Model OM #41. Raymond Kraut is the Master Luthier behind this beautiful instrument and as far as American Made Acoustic Guitars go, I think it’s up there with the best guitars crafted in the world.
I’ve included a video with information about Raymond Kraut below. Then lets see if we could agree after we take a look at this stunningly crafted Custom Guitar.
Raymond Kraut The Craftsman
What Kind of Sound Do You Want
I go to the music store to try out new guitars as do most of you I presume. And for a few hours I will rifle through a bunch of acoustic guitars just looking for that one. I always seem to do the same thing and that is, if its good to look at I will try it out. I can not tell you how many times I’ve been disappointed with that approach. It felt wrong, it didn’t chord well, it was awkward and hard to play. But the biggest bummer of all, the sound wasn’t balanced as far as I was concerned. You see I like a big full sound. You might say well you like a lot of low and mids. I do but I like the highs in there as well. I do believe after you Listen to the Kraut OM #41 you will agree that it has a big balanced sound.
Built For You
From everything I’ve researched, Raymond Kraut designed and hand crafted this instrument with the musician in mind. This was refreshing to find out, as so many builders seem to incorporate into their build some designs of top guitarists they endorse. According to Raymond it’s built with Brazilian Rosewood and European Spruce with this pairing of woods is one of the reasons why this guitar is good for any style of playing. It’s built to a 25 1/4 scale which Raymond claims is optimal playing comfort and tension on the guitar soundboard. He uses a 20” fingerboard radius and that paired with the scale length makes this custom acoustic guitar play as easy as any electric guitar.
Details of Build
Many folks like specs so I thought I would jot down a few here for you. To find out more of these specs you can go to Kraut Guitars there you can also find out much more about all their custom guitars.
- Back and Sides – brazilian rosewood
- Custom Rosette – alder burl and spalted maple
- Custom Pegged – ebony and brazilian rosewood
Is This One For You
So maybe after reading this and giving the guitar a listen to you might be thinking that well! American Made Acoustic Guitars just could be the way to go for you. And if you do then,
Take a Closer Look at This Kraut OM #41 Acoustic Guitar. This is a visually pleasing and very Big Sounding Acoustic Guitar from what I can see of it. I know one thing from experience, I would want to first sit down and play this guitar and if your thinking about it then thats my suggestion to you. But if you can’t do that then get ahold of Raymond Kraut at Kraut Guitars and talk to him.
Look this guitar is not for everybody, but it just might be for you. And if it is I’m really glad you can get one, maybe some day I can convince you to let me play it (right lol)
Most of us is going to have to save a few more dimes to get what acoustic guitar we want, instead of settling for what we can get right now. But when that day comes lets think of Raymond Kraut and the Model OM #41 and lets go see what he can build us at: krautguitars.com
I do hope you have enjoyed this little review. If you have one of these guitars will you please leave a comment for me about it. Or if you have a custom acoustic guitar, what is it and what do you like about it, leave your answer in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you .