2015 Millman JM28 £1499
Based in Devon, and having studied under Brook guitars, James Millman is fast gaining a reputation as an outstanding British luthier. His guitars have a very natural feel to them, traditionally built using hand tools and minimal jigs. Wherever possible he uses local, native and reclaimed timbers, and all his guitars are finished with a hand rubbed, organic oil finish and French polish. This example features a Spruce top with Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides, the fingerboard and bridge are Ebony, and a Mahogany soundhole rosette is a classy touch. Tonally the guitar has great clarity, single note separation and sustain. It fingerpicks very evenly with great balance, and as a strummer it has a dynamic punch. The guitar has a genuine hand made feel, the tone and playability of which is excellent. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.