2-21-14 - First of all, let me say that the secret driving force behind Monson Guitars is my wife, without whom, Monson Guitars simply wouldn't exist. I was recently having a conversation with her about the future and the direction of Monson Guitars. I said that in order to build the guitars that appeal to more people and have the features they want at a price they want, I would need to make some compromises. My wife reminded me that I never got into this business to appeal to 99% of the people out there. My guitars were never meant to appeal to the "mass produced in China" crowd. I got into this business to appeal to a select few. "quit trying to appeal to the masses, that has never been your niche", she said. She reminded me that I have never compromised to make more people happy. I thank her for this perspective. And with that in mind, if you want to buy a cheap mass produced guitar somewhere else, be my guest. If you want a unique, one-of-a-kind guitar, hand built in the U.S. , then look no further.
Every musician is unique. They have their own personality and their own soul. Just so, every guitar I build is unique, with its own personality and soul. For every musician out there, there is a guitar that is perfect for them and vice versa, for every guitar I build, there is a musician that is perfect to play it. Musician and instrument should complement each other. After all, they are extensions of each other. As a luthier, it is my job to not only build a fine crafted instrument, but to play matchmaker in a sense…..building guitars to match the unique people that play them.
A lot of people ask me “what’s better, this or that?” or, for example, what’s the best wood to use for my guitar? Well, nothing is really better or the best, it is simply different and it all depends on what is right for you. Same thing goes for pickups and bridges, etc., it all depends on what is right for you, not what is necessarily "the best". A lot of people want to add things to their guitar simply to make it "the best" when it's something that they don't need or will use. This is something I try to steer people away from. I really want to make the guitar that is best for you…that is right for you.
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