GUITAR AND BASS MAGAZINE
It’s not simply a visual thing. The Little Sister really does feel like an old guitar…. In
of playability, the Little Sister has the fast suppleness of a well-played
vintage electric guitar… The tone is also full and well-balanced… Both of these P-90s are
noticeably microphonic and produce the type of tone that would make any vintage guitar
enthusiast feel right at home… The Little Sister is a reminder that plugging a great
guitar directly into a valve amp can sound magical… The bridge pickup produces a
full-throated sprang. The lower mids growl and the upper mids bite in an undeniably bluesy
of way. The neck setting sounds huge and fat, but still clear. Mild overdrive
has a swampy and rootsy quality that morphs into a buttery smooth and roaring sustain as the
gain is increased…. the touch dynamics and clean-up characteristics are much like
the ’54 Goldtop that’s also featured in the issue… If I had the funds, I would buy one in an
The Little Sister is both timeless and fresh. It also happens to sound incredible and plays
GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE
Kudos: Unique Styling. Plays Well. Light and compact.
Grand Guitars Magazine (Germany)
“Featherweight” would be a perfect adjective to describe both models. I think these are the
lightweight guitars I’ve ever had the pleasure to play... The tone is in a class of its own
I did not expect the Sisters to be so acoustically impressive. They are considerably louder
other guitars in this design genre. That said, they respond flexibly to the pick and the
so that players can form amazing sounds. Nevertheless, I especially fell in love with this
“wooden” tone, which bursts with liveliness... What it evokes is true fire... Some guitars
their very own sound culture. The Little Sisters are definitely among those. This wooden,
rough tone... That’s concentrated power – a true statement... They also make a lasting
impression of excellence when you increase the gain because they maintain their percussive
characteristics... Contrary to some of the super perfect glossy axes, they radiate character
soul – not just visually, but also in terms of their tonal qualities... They provide great
alternatives for all styles from clean to classic rock. They would be particularly well
for blues players since their transformable tone makes them ideal instruments for this
genre. Thanks to their autonomous character, the Little Sisters have what it takes to become
B&G Little Sisters
By Peter Fritsch
There are countries in the world one wouldn’t instantly associate with the trade of musical instrument design and manufacturing. Hence, I was quite surprised when I received the “Little Sisters” from Israel for testing purposes. Of course, music has always been an international art form that connects people around the world. Hence, it’s a beautiful thing that enthusiastic luthiers who make an artfully crafted instrument their top priority can be found in many different places.
The partners behind B&G Guitars are Eliran Barashi and Kiki Goldstein, who are both passionate luthiers and who are completely committed to meeting the highest quality standards. Avi Goldfinger, a guitarist and singer-songwriter, is the third partner. Conducting meticulous studies of heritage guitars dating back to the 1920s through 1950s, they are striving to gain insights into the formula that has established these instruments as timeless classics. The conclusion they arrived at was perfectly clear: Make everything that you can - including the glue - yourself and use only the finest resonant tone wood. Some of the wood they use has been aged for up to 90 years. Obviously, the only viable technique to be used when making such top-of-the-line instruments is extremely fastidious manual craftsmanship. Their focus is not as much on opulent visuals as it is on handling or sound, since they are the parameters that ultimately make the difference. David Weitzman – a musician and collector of legacy acoustic parlor guitars (parlors were small acoustic guitars the original blues greats liked to use in the studio) – designed the two Sisters. Weitzman made the acquaintance of Eliran and Kiki when he commissioned the restoration of one of his instruments with B&G. They also gave the first Little Sister Weitzman had crafted himself its finishing touches. The result was so compelling that an agreement to produce a small series of the model was made.
Acoustic design wrapped in electric technology
To me, the two Sisters had been described as Les Paul-like electrics with F-holes and a definitive acoustic touch. However, the first impression I got when I opened the cases was completely different. They instantly brought back memories of my very first traveling guitar. Especially the small body, the open headstock and the short neck – i.e. the form language and dimensions – made me reminisce. Of course this was true especially for model “B&G Dreadnought.” This parlor shape with its narrow shoulders distinguishes this model very significantly from the usual designs. The tastefully even top made of flamed maple wood and the placement of the f-holes were other instant eye-catchers. Given that the body is only 13 inches wide they have been relocated far to the bottom, which gives the guitar a very unique appearance. While an original Les Paul with f-holes may sport the perfect design – it could never compete with the charms of the Sisters. More recently, I have had the opportunity to test several premium guitars boasting modern styled looks, all of which were perfect and glossy – but none of them radiated so much character.
Obviously, the finish and construction is contemporary. The mahogany body – with the exception of a sustain block, which reaches all the way under the bridge is hollow-drilled and bonded to the maple top. The neck is completely traditional in mahogany with a kingwood (a type of rosewood) fret board and is of course glued into the body. As common with acoustic guitars, the transition between the neck and body is located on the 14th fret. The total number of frets, which is just twenty, is equally typical. Thanks to the fact that it does not have bindings and only dots, the neck has a very understated appearance and the headstock is once again reminiscent of old time acoustics. I think that this is a very tasteful headstock design. In combination with the mechanics – which work perfectly, by the way – it gives the guitar a very traditional appearance.
The vast majority of the parts, as previously mentioned, are made in-house at B&G and that even includes the winding of the pick-ups. I have an inkling that very few small manufacturers go to that extreme. Eliran and Kiki personally hand cast and finish the P90 covers, the pick guard, the output jack and the bridge, including the tailpiece are all made of brass (the parts do have a subtle Oriental look). Consequently, only very few parts have to be sourced elsewhere.
Dry test and handling
“Featherweight” would be a perfect adjective to describe both models. I think these are the most lightweight guitars I’ve ever had the pleasure to play. While the Dreadnought weighs a little more than three kilos, the Cutaway actually weighs significantly less so that it would be easy to play it all night long. Thanks to these facts, you barely even have to think about how they handle and given that the slightly V-shaped neck plays perfectly, you can just relax and play. The only thing that takes some getting used to is that the guitars have only twenty frets and especially on the Dreadnought, they are hard to reach.
However, the tone is in a class of its own and I did not expect the Sisters to be so acoustically impressive. They are considerably louder than other guitars in this design genre. That said, they respond flexibly to the pick and the fingers so that players can form amazing sounds. Nevertheless, I especially fell in love with this “wooden” tone, which bursts with liveliness. What you get is not smooth glossy sound – no, what it evokes is true fire. In this context, in terms of character, there is no fundamental difference between the two Sisters. The Dreadnought just sounds a big fuller while the Cutaway is a little leaner as it gains speed.
Some guitars have their very own sound culture. The Little Sisters are definitely among those. This wooden, mildly rough tone, which revealed itself in the dry test, also dominates when these guitars are electrically amplified. That’s concentrated power – a true statement. In the clean range, they can immediately demonstrate all of their strengths. The clearly acoustic note is clearly emphasized in this setting. The neck pick-ups sound even fatter than they usually do - after all they have been moved even farther to the center of the instrument but have enough of a high tone infusion to always come across transparently. The middle setting is just like one would want it to be and the bridge pick-ups deliver real power. The differences between the pick-ups, which clearly have the genetic make-up of the 1950s classics, become clearly audible, which also proves that they meet the highest quality standards.
Obviously, one can have some of the most fun playing a dynamic guitar in the crunchy range as nothing else will allow a virtuoso to get that many sound nuances out of the strings with just the pick and the fingers. The Sisters are virtually made for such applications, which allow them to truly come to life. Rigged up to a Marshall 1974X they produced absolutely first rate sounds. Especially the P90s came across with a rare crunchiness – they were literally yearning for a slide solo.
They also make a lasting impression of excellence when you increase the gain because they maintain their percussive characteristics. In particular in combination with my old Boogies, which have a strong tendency to compress and are therefore a bit tricky to use, they work wonderfully. While significant feedback will occur at some point, this is normal for guitars and pick-ups of this design. You get rewarded with a liveliness that would otherwise be lost. Those who love cultivated metal or shredder sounds would use different instruments anyway – these guitars just would not fit the bill for them. What the Little Sisters are synonymous with is tone, tone and nothing but tone.
The Little Sisters are guitars that have a lot to offer. Striking because of their unique retro design, the creators have come up with truly charming instruments that defy comparison to others. Contrary to some of the super perfect glossy axes, they radiate character and soul – not just visually, but also in terms of their tonal qualities. They provide great alternatives for all styles from clean to classic rock. They would be particularly well suited for blues players since their transformable tone makes them ideal instruments for this musical genre. Thanks to their autonomous character, the Little Sisters have what it takes to become classics.
John Turnbull has played in various bands, including Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Bob Geldof, World Party, Paul Young, Skip Bifferty, The Chosen Few, Arc, Loving Awareness, Glencoe, Nick Lowe, Dave Stewart and the Spiritual Cowboys, Eurythmics, Talk Talk, Londonbeat, Kaos Band and more.
John Turnbull owns a Cutaway Humbuckers Little Sister and a Non-Cutaway P90's Little Sister. He has been touring and recording using B&G guitars with World Party, Bob Geldof and the Blockheads.
When I saw the making of the "Little Sister" video I was intrigued. It looked like old
school craftsmanship on a new, yet incredibly vintage design. When I received my "Little
Sister" I was blown away with the design specifications, quality, tone, and feel of this
guitar!. If really feels and sounds as if it is vintage. Right out of the case it feels like
your "always" guitar. Every player needs the B&G "Little Sister" in their guitar collection.
But beware, you may stop playing your other guitars!
Bio: Vic Pepe has written and produced over 70 tracks for various artists and labels including co-writing 6 tracks on Alice Coopers Hey Stoopid release, Additionally, Vic's work has been in films such as Robocop II, and in TV series. His passion for music, artists, and guitars is a long lived love affair.
My B&G Little Sister met me at the NAMM show.
The guitar was shipped from Israel to Annahiem and arrived in tune. This is going to be a little slide monster and I can't wait to get home to crank it up.
The craftsmanship is second to none and there is an incredible amount of mojo that just exudes from this piece.
Open G tuning and a set of 12's and away we go.
My Little Sister arrived yesterday and I’ve already played her for some 16 hours. What a fantastic guitar and work of craftsmanship! I can’t put her down and that says a lot since own 44 other guitars from Gibson, Fender, PRS, Parker and others. The tone and playability of the Little Sister is “other worldly”. Sustain for days and clarity of note definition is unbelievable. Thanks for creating this soon to be historic guitar. How exciting to be a part of history in the making! I can hardly wait for my next Little Sister with humbuckers. One guitar to rule them all!
It's funny to see all of the Little Sisters out there being played and loved on and babied when the first thing I did with mine was to play it for a 4 hour gig in a sweaty night club! LOLOL I must say it is holding up quite well at my outdoor and indoor gigs and is working with all of the different kinds of music I play on it! We went from Donnie Hathaway to Led Zep the other night and the sis' hung in there! It's performing better than I could've hoped! And the tone is so sweet that even my DRUMMER made a comment on how good it sounded! So this is a public service announcement from your friend here in Florida USA: DON'T BE AFRAID TO PLAY IT!!!! It can take anything you throw at it! The only thing you have to worry about is all the questions you'll get asked about it when you take a break! :)
James Albritton, Sarasota, FL
I love my Little Sister. The action is perfect, and the tone is amazing. It truly sounds as good as it looks. I've got 9 or 10 other guitars and I haven't picked another one up since receiving my Little Sister!
Bradley Suggs, Brandon, MS
I love my guitar! It sounds great and plays like a dream. The neck angle is perfect. Just so you know, I have had many vintage, and reissue guitars from Gibson. Several of them were very nice but my Little Sister just kills them in many ways. Whoever set the neck angle on this guitar knows more about what they are doing than Gibson ever has. The burst is even prettier than my Collings City Limits Deluxe, which I though was the best paint job I ever saw. You guys do great work, please keep it up! Thanks for building me such a beautiful guitar!
Rick Witthaus, Kirkland, WA
This guitar is the best I have ever had the privilege of owning and playing. It is the best of both worlds, that is to say, it takes me, back to my first love in guitars, which was an old Gibson flattop and it adds at the same time the most beautiful electric tones, ever generated, whether Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Yamaha or other wonderful guitars I have owned and played. The Little Sister is like playing them all at the same time, The neck is friendly and inviting, allowing me to use force passion, or the lightest touch saved only for the most intimate moments. The body beckons to be held with great affection. She is not big and clunky, nor is she overweight. She has the perfect combination of curves, weight, and overall length I must be honest and say I did not think I would like the headstock; it was not what I was accustomed to, but that to was such a pleasant surprise. It felt so natural. I did not have to twist or contort my wrist to tune any of the strings, the tuning pegs are all in the most logical and convenient place. The tone and volume knobs are located in a perfect place, easily accessed during performance. I have never been much on making adjustments during play but this has now changed as it is effortless. The tones available from the Little Sister kept several hundred people inspired and engaged during the entire week. Many came up to me after each set and wanted to know what kind of guitar this was, they all spoke of its beauty. When I would place it in their hands to play, many would just hold it as you would hold a newborn infant, with the greatest care and awe. I would encourage them to sit down and play it. They would strike a chord and then stop and look at me in disbelief and it resonated through their hands and body for an unbelievable amount of time. I am so blessed to be one of the few owners in the world of this guitar. I have believed and still do, that this guitar will go down in history as one of the best ever created. Many thanks to David, Eliran, Kiki, and Avi because they followed their passion in regard to this instrument which has brought this wonderful instrument into my hands. I am blessed.
Lonnie J. Good, Okanogan, WA
Every now and then a guitar comes along that is just a revelation. The Little Sister by B&G Guitars is just such an instrument, a guitar that somehow has captured eons of deep vibey history in a modern wooden frame, a guitar with an honesty that is unmistakable, a guitar that is your best friend before you've even been introduced. That's the Little Sister, a guitar that is quite suddenly destined to become a classic. To all at Destroy All Guitars it is very evident that the luthiers at B&G love their craft. We have been so incredibly moved and taken by the build, tone, playability and design of the Little Sister guitars and feel it an absolute honor to have them aboard. It's my belief that any true lover of great guitar tone and design that harkens back to the days where it was rumored that a certain guitarist traded his soul to the devil in exchange for a mythical guitar and the skills to play it, will fall completely head over heels upon holding, playing and hearing the divine Little Sister. If you are a fan of great guitars, roots blues and jazz or any music for that matter, this is one guitar not to let pass by. The ultimate electric parlor guitar.
Cliff Cultreri, DestroyAllGuitars.com
Whatever you guys are doing, is right. Tone, sustain, sound quality is superb! The smell is so sexy. Amazing! I found the tone that I was looking for! Thank you for the awesome book as well. I wish the very best and success to everyone putting their skill in this amazing trade.
Sergio Dasilva, Miami, FL
I carried the big box up all 130 of our stairs and cut it open in the good company of my best mates and champagne! I opened the case and happiness swarmed over me - what a BEAUTIFUL guitar. I soon picked this thing up after admiring the craftsmanship that has gone into this instrument and I fell in love very quickly. The neck on this puppy is creamier than butter. Then I plugged it in and found out what was what! The neck pickup is so sweet and full of warm tones of clarity and the back pickup is an absolute menace which howls and growls. I was expecting a lot of from you guys but you really, truly have exceeded my expectations with this Little Sister - wow. I can’t get it out of my hands - and I’m very picky with guitars as I’ve owned about 45 in my life but still have my main guitar but I know that this guitar is a perfect fit for me, for the way I play and the way I want to hear things. Overtime I pick it up I find something else I fall in love with. It’s like an old friend! I just want to say a massive thank you to all of you guys - you really are amazing craftsmen and I’m so glad to be in touch with you all. Thank you thank you thank YOU all!
Minnie Marks, Australia
I can't even put into words how amazing this guitar is. You guys did an amazing job. Thank you so much! I can't wait for my 2nd little sister to be ready later this winter. I'm a lifelong fan. I will most certainly be spreading the good word amongst my circle of musicians out here in Colorado.
Andrew Rogers, Denver, CO
After opening the case and just admiring her for what turned into quite awhile, I then pulled her out and played her acoustically... Of course I have been waiting to hear her through my Marshall but, since she sounded so awesome all by herself, I just couldn't put her down... So, captured by her, I realized that hearing her through an amp would apparently just have to wait awhile! When I finally did plug her in, the tone was sweet as honey, enhanced with a subtle bite like vinegar. I might just have to take the rest of the day off to go play my guitar - truly a work of art! I am very pleased - thank you!
Ken Radford, Tonasket, WA
What can I say - this guitar sings. Its a beautiful Instrument that sits somewhere between my Stratocaster and Gibson. It has a great sustain and the strings ring. I have P-90 pickups and there is beautiful resonance. Changing the pickups salons me to get a full round fat sound to a country twang. I play this through my Fender Deluxe Reverb, and it has become my go to guitar.
Mark Mariaschin, New York, NY
My most recent live show at a dance hall where we played all classic R&B (Elvis, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Creedence) featured my Little Sister through an Orange Tiny Terror Stack (two 12" speakers, 16ohms, 7 watts). The crowd went wild and many guitarists went crazy. "What I like is the sound of THAT guitar." So responsive and such a great range of burning tone at all volumes. This is the guitar of my dreams and I have a lot of guitars.
Joe Chaplain, Sonoma, CA
B&G Guitars was an unknown brand to me until I accidentally came across them while visiting my one and only favourite dealer Vic at Lefty Guitars Only. Folks, I am one of the pickiest customers when it comes to boutique guitars. I trade instruments on a weekly basis, well, because I get bored quickly. Yes, it sounds unhealthy but it really is not. Think of it as therapy. Only a few instruments have survived in my collection over the years and B&G Little Sister is here to stay as my top choice. In my fifteen years of guitar playing I have never come across an electric guitar that has caught my attention the minute I struck the first chord. I have tried everything from Grosh, Collings, PRS, Fender, Gibson, and other independent builders. Nothing has stood out like the tone of the Little Sister with the custom P90s. I am almost itching to try out the humbucker version but I have to behave, otherwise my wife and kids will disown me. The overall experience of holding the Little Sister is that of pure poetry. It is a romantic instrument with an ultimate vintage vibe. A true inspiration for song writing. Some might say it is limited as a parlour guitar. But, I have had it for a few days and I can already say that this is my go to for all kinds of genres. There is no limit to versatility. Pick up this mythical wonder and song writing magic will flow with ease. Yes, it is oozing with quality but I can not stress enough that the Little Sister brings so much more to the table. Big thanks to the B&G team for bringing a new kind of song writing inspiration. I have not experience such a level of joy with any of my other electric options. Keep up the great work and look forward to the Big Sister and Goldfinger.
Zeeshan Khan, Boston, MA
I've been playing for hours today and my fingertips are almost completely without skin.. She's been plugged into a Fender Deluxe Reverb.. What an amazing output on those PU!! Love the sound! And the sound is so wide.. Both soft and powerful.. and you really pulled it off with the inspirational part...! That's an awesome piece of work you have made!!!
Jesper Gammelvind, Denmark
I've owned over 100 guitars. I must say the one I got today is easily in the top three! My beautiful wife to be heard me playing it and said she can feel the music from the guitar in her bones. That might make it #1! We will see!! Thank you for producing an instrument that can even mesmerize my wife to be!!! Well done!!
Jon Davis, San Diego, CA
Hi, Avi. I know you're still up and checking Emails ... I got my Sister today at 2:50 pm, EST. Wow. VERY impressed! This is one gorgeous, nice-playing guitar. Even my wife loves it! And here's the kicker ... It was almost PERFECTLY in tune! In tune!! PLEASE tell Kiki and the guys how much I love it and sincerely appreciate it. I know a lot of hard work and expertise went into the crafting of my guitar, and I so very much appreciate that you guys wanted to get it done and to me before Christmas -- well, you did it!!!! You guys definitely made my Christmas!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
Kenny Lee Norton, Jacksonville, FL
Have had my LS for a few weeks now and still can't believe how lucky I am. We have all read everyone else's posts of how great these guitars are and they are all true, mine just sings. Play whatever style you want and she delivers, enhancing every little nuance your fingers request. This is a once in a lifetime guitar for me so I ordered all the upgrades and am totally in love with the blonde Tigerskin top. Rock On forever B&G
Bill Eames, Australia
Well, I've had my B&G Little Sister for a few months now, I think that I can give this beautiful guitar a proper review.
First here is a little background on me, I just turned 53 on 22, June of this year and started taking guitar lessons from the late, great jazz player Joe Pass when I was eight years old. I started my professional career as a musician at the age of 10 by playing on live public television in Miami, Florida to fill in the spots between television shows and to provide backing music during taped segments. I've toured, recorded, written and produced every type of music imaginable and currently own and operate Static Attic Entertainment, with two locations, one in Palm Beach, Florida and the other just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have an extensive guitar collection that consists of well over 300 guitars and approximately 180 different amplifiers.
I'm not one to use pedals, I was taught in the 'old school' just guitar, amplifier, and a cord connecting the two. So there is a brief bio about me, now on to the instrument.........
Everett P. Lima, Freeport, MI
By Everett P. Lima, Freeport, MI
Well, I've had my B&G Little Sister for a few months now, I think that I can give this beautiful guitar a proper review.
First here is a little background on me, I just turned 53 on 22, June of this year and started taking guitar lessons from the late, great jazz player Joe Pass when I was eight years old.I started my professional career as a musician at the age of 10 by playing on live public television in Miami, Florida to fill in the spots between television shows and to provide backing music during taped segments.I've toured, recorded, written and produced every type of music imaginable and currently own and operate Static Attic Entertainment, with two locations, one in Palm Beach, Florida and the other just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan.I have an extensive guitar collection that consists of well over 300 guitars and approximately 180 different amplifiers.
I'm not one to use pedals, I was taught in the 'old school' just guitar, amplifier, and a cord connecting the two.So there is a brief bio about me, now on to the instrument.........
When I first heard of the Little Sister I thought "how or why would someone pay so much for a guitar that has not been in the marketplace for any length of time".
The company was small, still very new and it hasn't made a mark in the guitarist arena yet.
I will admit that the original video had much to do with me keeping a close eye on the guitar, as I was looking for something to use on my upcoming tour, something that had to be different, yet take the place of my '57, 58, and, 59 Les Pauls and pre-CBS Stratocasters.
I immediately reached out to Gibson's Memphis team and had them ship me a few ES Les Pauls, including the only one made with a Bigsby B7 vibrato.
Still that video haunted me, I kept asking myself "does the Little Sister really sound that good, or was the sound processed post video production?"
I kept up with reading the reviews and saw so many great reviews with such positive feedback I just had to give the LS a serious look, as with any guitar player, I like to touch, feel, and even smell my guitars, or at least one like it before I buy, but traveling to Tel Aviv was not an option. I decided to contact B&G the person I spoke with was Avi Goldfinger, who answered all of the questions that I had, he was extremely helpful and very polite, I had made up my mind to go ahead and place an order for a cutaway Little Sister with double-coil pickups, as I would be using it both live and in the studio.
Little Sister number 88 was mine! I can tell you that I haven't been so excited about a custom built in many, many years, I liked opening my e-mails to get progress reports and finally the day came when it was time to choose my top. I have had many custom guitars built, but have never had the option to decide on my actual top, after much thought and research I picked a highly quilted top, so quilted in fact that a carpenter friend of mine said that in his 30 years of being a carpenter he had never seen such a beautiful piece of wood.
I was proud, the project was coming along perfectly until I got an e-mail saying that during the "F" hole routing process, one of the holes came out slightly larger. I asked to see pictures, as I was curious as to how bad it was, now at this point I must say that most custom manufacturers would have just matched the smaller hole to the larger hole and that would have been the end of story, I even asked them to just go ahead and do that but Eliran called me and after we talked I realized his commitment to excellence and understood why he would not ship a guitar that he felt was not up to B&G standards....something I now realize is extremely high. So a new highly quilted maple top was ordered and the wait began. After a few weeks I was sent some photos of the new samples that were ordered just for my Little Sister and chose another top, this one just as highly quilted as the last and simply stunning. After speaking to Avi again I told him that because I was only looking at photographs of the top that I would like the painter, someone who knows how stain will interact with grain patterns, to actually choose the final finish for my guitar. I liked the idea of not knowing what to expect, it's like when you are expecting a child and you decide that you don't want to know the sex until after its born. After a few weeks I started receiving e-mails again about where my Little Sister was in the build process and I was getting exited again, not only was I getting one of the first 100 production Little Sisters, but I'm pretty sure that mine is the only one that is out of sequence, what a nice touch!
I received notice that my LS was finished and shipped, I spent the next few days wondering when it would arrive, strangely enough on the day that I posted in this group that I figured it would be another week or so, it arrived that day!!
I opened the door to find my package, it had traveled such a long distance, in so many ways. I wanted to savor the opening of this, just like a child does when opening the last Christmas present. Carefully I opened the box and unpacked the contents. I put the case on my kitchen table, under the white L.E.D. lighting and when I opened the case I couldn't believe my eyes! In all the years, of all the guitars I've ever seen, I have never seen anything quite so breathtakingly beautiful. I was almost afraid to take it out of the case, but after a few minutes of just staring at the perfectly unique paint and how it really made that quilted maple stand out I removed the guitar. Unlike most people, I had to examine it before playing it, I looked the guitar and its workmanship, fit, and finish over and over again, in amazement at how stunning this instrument was, I couldn't find a flaw, nor imperfection anywhere. Now it was time to play it!!
The first thing I noticed was the neck profile, it seemed familiar, comfortable, like an old friend, then it struck me that the neck profile was exactly the same as that of my first guitar, a 1954 Gibson ES-125. I still have that guitar and many like it so I actually checked to see if it was really the same, and sure enough, perfect to the last detail! Instantly the Little Sister was at home in my hands, the neck, the string spacing, everything pointed to a vintage guitar type feel but without all the problems that would go with a 75 plus year old guitar. I tweaked the tuning and checked the intonation and it was time to plug it in. What better amplifier to plug it into than my original Fender Tremolux. Instantly I was taken back to being an 8 year old boy whose Grandfather had just given him his first Gibson and Fender amplifier, except now I could play and play I did. I didn't put the guitar down for three days! I found every aspect of the guitar to exceed my expectations, the volume and tone knobs are so very responsive the hardware amazing, with such a vintage vibe. Most importantly the TONE, where I thought that the tone in the original video might be enhanced a bit, I found I was wrong. The Little Sister has tone, and tone to spare! It is so lightweight and versatile that it has become my go to guitar, every guitar player that has been to the studio has to pick it up and play it. Because of its solid construction it has been totally unaffected by humidity, climate, and temperature changes. I take it out quite a bit and get many compliments on it, always followed by "how old is it?" As for buying a guitar without playing one first, if it is a B&G I'll never worry, the craftsmanship, quality, and most of all care is noticed and felt when playing this guitar. I plan on ordering several more, and even have asked Avi to reserve serial number 777 for me (my lucky number). It's nice and refreshing to see that quality and craftsmanship is alive and well at B&G Guitars! Thanks guys, keep up the great work, and Avi, I still want the first Goldfingerburst!!