We have the chance to have a ‘brand new’ preowned guitar from the Irish luthier Michael O’Leary. This N° 242 has many valuable upgrades such as the armrest, a pick-up LR Baggs, a master grade cedar top, and a wonderful red CCC flight case. The sound and the playability is amazing. You will find a video sample of this guitar and to keep you waiting for the video review you will find some video of Berta Rojas and Sharon Isbin playing their O’Leary guitars.
The main features are the sound quality with crystal-clear trebles, a long sustain and a great balance between clarity and warmness. One can get a lot of tone colors out of the guitar. The basses are deep, The notes are creamy and thick. Last but not least the Exotic Ebony is wonderful.
Alec and Michael O’Leary’s workshop is located near to Milford Carlow in the Irish countryside but their guitars are all over the world in the hands of famous players such as Bertas Rojas, Sharon Isbin, Sergio Assad, David Russell (owns one), Marco Socias, Eleftheria Kotzia, Elena Zucchini. Loud and beautiful with a wonderful color tone.
Being a fan of Bertas Rojas and Sharon Isbin, having a classical guitar from Alec and Michael O’Leary was simply compulsory for us. We ordered the first guitar a long time ago. This third guitar is from the Professional series the best one and offers wonderful craftsmanship with very impressive Exotic Ebony for the back and side. The playability of the guitar is great and the sound is incredible. The string separation is amazing and the guitar has just some fantastic medium which makes the guitar very balanced. The trebles are crystal clear.
I will position this guitar among the very best lattice guitars sharing the sound quality of a Simon Marty with but a little bit warmer.
Maybe the best lattice guitar from Europe.
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