Ron Cushing, UK Vicente Carrillo Gabriela II - Spruce

Dear Adrian,

Re :- visit to Stafford Guitars

As you know on Tuesday 6th October 2009 I visited your studio to try out a number of guitars with the possibility of purchasing one. I would describe myself as a basic ‘plinker’ with very limited abilities and that to pay more than £1500 for a guitar would be wasted on me. I arrived and met Sandra who had a number of guitars ready for me to try. However after about 2 and a half hours and even more guitars being tried out, I came to the conclusion that there was no point in buying a guitar that only matched or was marginally better than my own (Cashimira – 144, which I took along to compare), this even for the fact that I was playing guitars up to £2,700, just none of the instruments moved me. We were on the point of leaving when I asked Sandra if I could try a much more expensive guitar, solely because I was unlikely to be in a studio with really pricey guitars, and with the conviction that one didn’t need to pay a kings ransom for a good instrument and generally this can be true.

This of course was my undoing. Sandra then produced a very beautiful guitar – still being the sceptic and thinking fancy wood grain is ok but! Sandra started to play and I was immediately impressed – no, I was awe struck, startled at the quantum leap in tone, resonance, projection or whatever you want to call it. When I held the guitar (which I was informed was a – Vicente Carrillo Gabriela 2 -) my hands went to jelly and I became a gibbering, dribbling wot not. Needless to say 30 minutes later I left clutching my Gabriela 2, grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. Oblivious and unconcerned that, for me, I had parted with a substantial sum of money in the shortest possible time! Now two weeks later I have to say how pleased and delighted I am with my new guitar, I feel this guitar has a soul, I just don’t want to put it down, and still grinning like the village idiot! However, I should like to add a word of caution to any one visiting to your studio and should they ask to play one of the ‘expensive ones’, be warned, life may never be quite the same again.

Kind regards

Ron Cushing