|Luthier Sam Radding playing one of his Go Guitars
Sam uses solid woods for all of his guitars – Sitka Spruce for the top, Dark Walnut or Honduras Mahogany for the back and sides. Rosewood is also available. The necks are 24.5” and the neck/nut width is customizable – 1-11/16”, 1-3/4” or more. Tuners are either open face, or you can upgrade to sealed minis for $18 more. All steel string Go Guitars have fully adjustable truss rods. Sam can also install a Fishman Matrix pickup or Baggs Element. A custom fit Go “Puffy” Gig Bag is available for $45. Go Guitars are available in left-handed.
As someone who plays left-handed mandolin and tenor banjo in oldtime and Irish sessions, I’ve been wanting to learn a little bit more about guitar in general. Guitar will probably never be my primary instrument, but I wouldn’t mind having one to expand my overall knowledge of music, do some flat-picking on and strum some campfire songs. The smaller, unique size of the Go Guitar is appealing to me, as is the price point. I also love the fact that these are hand-made instruments! I would go with the 2-3/4” thick Grande model instead of the 2” regular depth – the extra air volume in the deeper Grande body gives it a larger sound.
Here’s a video of a Go Grande in action.
My wife has now ventured into guitar playing by recently getting a Luna Muse Safari 3/4 size travel guitar, priced at $160 at our local indie guitar and ukulele shop. It's a decent starter guitar, but eventually she’d like to get a parlor guitar. We were looking at vintage parlor guitars, but are now strongly considering Sam Radding’s Type II Parlor Guitar. With an 8” upper bout, a 12” lower bout, 16” body length, 24.5” scale, customizable body depth and neck width, and 34.5” overall length, the Go parlor might be the best overall option for a smaller bodied guitar under $800.
|Go Parlor Guitar
I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews online. The current build time for a Go Guitar is about 4-weeks, but Sam can sometimes make them faster than that under certain circumstances.