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FRANK HARLOW Luthier Reviews

Submitted by joewebb (see all reviews from this person) on 9/5/2010

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I just made the best purchase of my life, a Handmade Custom Harlow Resonator Guitar. I drove up to Vandalia, Ohio from Texas, to visit with Frank Harlow and see his custom shop. Man, what a treat ! I saw the 60 year old wood and the tools that make a raw piece of wood into an wonderful instrument, once the skills of the master craftsman are applied. While some manufacturers claim to hand make their instruments, Frank really does, he actually cuts, planes and shapes aged wood until it has a rich and beautifully created tone that I'm convinced has a piece of him, permanenty living within the wood. As Frank proudly proclaimed, hands outstretched, "I don't use computer controlled equipment, these are my computers". Truly he makes loud and clear resonator guitars with his own two hands right down to the nitrocellulose hand rubbed finish.

During lunch I had the opportunity to speak with Ferrell Stowe via Franks Cell, he congratulated me on breaking bread with the best craftsman in the U.S. Ferrell was right, my new jumbo body will peel the paint off the walls. Loud clear and sweet. Frank and his lovely wife are two of the wonderful people that you need to meet on life's journey. It's worth the trip to see Frank's shop and enjoy true kindness and sincerity that's as rare as the old world craftmanship he practices. What else can I say, oh yeah I bought two guitars while I was there. Pretty soon I'll have a third. By the way this story was unsolicited by Frank, he's way too modest. Thanks Frank.

Overall Rating: 10

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