can tell them that I said "This is a great sounding guitar"
Steve Kilby, North Carolina State Champion, Galax champion.
Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top, Style 5 Abalone top trim
"Old Time Goodness"........ Chip Wilson,
Vintage Guitar Magazine November 2008
Cedar & 'Bee's Wing' Mahogany
||Hi Joe and Phil,
Again, I would like to express my appreciation for all of
your efforts, courtesies and artistry. “A person who works with
his hands is a laborer.” “A person who works with his mind is
a craftsmen.” “ A person who works with his heart is an Artist.”
You both qualify as the latter without a doubt. Thanks again for
a Great guitar and wonderful experience. This is truly my best
guitar and one of my best purchases ever.
I stayed up till midnight playing it and I still marvel at
the tonal quality and voice. The shorter neck is different and
very easy to play. It is truly a fine instrument.
D-14 Adirondack Top
I received the guitar today, and already I am amazed. The quality
of construction is top notch, and I am comparing your guitar my
Webber, Bourgeois, and Langejans. The wood on this guitar is beautiful.
It plays like a dream, and my hands are just flying all over the
guitar. And how do I do justice to the sound? So full, complex,
balanced, and loud. Everything I read about your guitars are true.
You guys are artists. I can't thank you enough. I will keep this
is the most apt description of my new Manuel & Patterson 00.
tone is warm and balanced but it cuts through; low end to high.
performance aspect I couldn't be more pleased with this instrument.
also think she is the prettiest girl at the dance.
"Joe Manuel is one of the best old-time musicians in Louisiana
or anywhere else. He tells the truth when he plays; listen, and you'll
Tom Piazza, Grammy Award-winning Author of
True Adventures with The King of Bluegrass & My Cold War.
I have always loved the sound of small-bodied, 12 fret neck guitars.
Less vibration is lost in the neck due to its shorter length, and the
relocation of the bridge, the braces and bridge plate all contribute
to enhanced amplitude and tone. When I saw the Manuel & Patterson
00-12 at a favorable price on their website, I went to check it out.
It only took a few minutes before I decided I wanted to own the great-sounding
guitar, which was made from premium timbers with high standards of workmanship
and playability. I worked as a guitarmaker for over 20 years, making
archtops, so I have a good idea of the effort it took to produce this
Professional Musician & Writer, New Orleans LA
SEE CHIP & HIS 00-12 IN HIS NEWEST
MUSIC VIDEO AT THIS LINK!
000-12 German Spruce & Figured Mahogany
||My Manuel & Patterson guitar is awesome!
Aaron D, San Diego,
MJX 7 STRING
Hey Joe & Phil,
Sorry it has taken me so long to
right up a review for you guys. Busy with school and all that
jazz. Anyway, I figured I ought to write a little something up
for the website. Well, here it goes:
"The guitar y'all made for me,
'Michelle', is, hands down, the most amazing acoustic guitar I've
ever played. Whenever I break this thing out for a gig or a session
or a nice day of busking in Boston Commons, I get the same mix
of confused double takes, sweet smiles, and jealous looks. She's
a bit of a strange bird. Not only y'alls first 7 string, but the
first guitar y'all built with a cutaway. I'll tell you something,
though: Y'all got it perfect in every detail. Everyone who's played
this guitar remarks on how she sounds, how she feels, and how
she looks. It's always positive. I get offers for this guitar
almost every time I play her in front of people. But I'll assure
you of this: They can get this guitar from me when they pry it
from my dead hand, because I'm not giving this one up!"
Berklee College of Music
The guitar got here yesterday
in great shape. The construction and detail are perfect.The action
and playability are perfect as well. I have 2 other all Mahogany
guitars (Martin& Collings) and this one blows them away. I
would highly recommend the whole experience especially the end
Thanks for everything.
000-14 DB "Deep Body" Camatillo Rosewood Back & Sides
Phil & Joe,
I named the guitar "Cami".... What a unique and alive creature
is....it almost plays itself....it's so alive and resonant.....all who
have seen and played it are truely amazed at your workmanship and
artistry....I would suspect there will be a few more sales ahead for
you....based on the comments I've received so far.
I brought it to a jam yesterday and had to really watch my volume
because I was easily able to drown out other instruments....knowing
that Cami could produce such power was like holdin Excaliber in my
hands....this guitar is almost "magical"...I can't thank you
for building such a great instrument.
Hope to visit soon,
Walt "Corky" Moskal
Long Beach, MS
Joe & Phil,
I purchased your ASM-2 Old Time Special Demo a short time ago and have
not taken the time to let you know how it works for me yet. I am very
simply blown away. I own and play several Martin & Gibson dreds,
as well as a beautiful old Guild F50. I have been looking for a short
scale 000 with an Adirondack top. Obviously the ASM-2 was what I was
looking for and more. I was so impressed with the quality and sound
of this guitar that I lent it to the Luthier that is doing a neck reset
on my 0017 Martin. ( He is ) an independant and is also the in house
Luthier for a large chain here in the Northeast, I'm not sure if they
make it down your way or not. At any rate he also was impressed as well
as the manager of the guitar shop. Everyone loves playing it and there
are probably 50 to 100 Martin,Gibson and Taylors in the store. I gave
(him) one of your cards and told the guys to keep ( the Old Time Special
ASM-2 )for a couple of weeks. I hope some good things happen for you.
Right now, a bunch of good people are playing your guitar and I want
Tom Weldon, Pennsylvania
Tom's 12 fret 000 "Old Time Special" Adirondack spruce
|Quality instrument; sound, craftsmanship, finish,
playability all 10's..get one!
Bo's 000-14 Bearclaw Sitka Spruce Top with Figured
Mahogany back and sides and abalone rosette and Nick Lucas style inlays
I want to let you know how much I've enjoyed my Figured Mahogany 000-14
with Bearclaw Sitka top. It sounds, looks and plays great! The quality
of construction, craftsmanship and tone are second to none. I have several
other nice guitars including a ( Martin Custom Shop D-42, Martin HD-28
and a Brazilian rosewood Bourgeois D-150 ) and the guitars you build
are in every way on par with them. They sound amazing and they play
with incredible ease.
I have to thank you for the countless
hours you spent going over every detail with me. No matter how small
or insignificant it may seem to you, it's pretty exciting to be able
to watch and photograph practically every step in the process. I suspect
there are very few, if any, luthier's who make it possible for the purchaser
to be as involved in the construction process as I was.
I'm looking forward to the completion
of my second Manuel & Patterson guitar
(deep body Mahogany 000-14)
Good luck and keep up the good work,
can I say? To say my expectations
were exceeded would be an understatement.I'm
captivated.I''m enthralled.I'm enamored.My New Manuel
and Patterson is just what I wanted and more than
that. I of course absolutely love the clarity and
crisp bell like quality of the engleman,mahogany
combo. Neck width is perfect for the
fingerstyle/folkie stuff I try to play.What can I
say.Yall probably love all the guitars you make and
after a while you get used to makin em and lettin em
go.As this is my only Manuel and Patterson I must wax
on a bit.You know I have some other very nice handmade
guitars and they all have great tone and
playability.My new Abita Springs is just right at home
and I have a funny felling that the others may get a
little jealous cause I can't seem to put my 12 fret
opry special down.Having a custom guitar made is a
very special and rewarding experience.You cannot buy
this kind of quality and tone off the shelf for any
amount of money.I know!! You out did yourselves again.
Thanks guys. Mark Bennett
Old Time Special 000-12
|Hi Joe & Phil
Just to let you know that the guitar arrived yesterday, in perfect
condition, no damage even to the packaging....and thanks for the
CD, I love it. Guys, I am 57 years old and been playing acoustic
since 16. I have owned many and do still own some exceptional guitars,
and I have to tell you this is right up there with them. It is truly
wonderful. It exceeds my expectation, and I'm sure you can understand
ones apprehension buying a guitar blind (or should that be 'deaf'?).
It is exceptional in its response, attack and sustain, it is articulate
and the notes beautifully defined across all the strings. It retains
its resonance in the upper registers (a place I rarely go). The
neck also has a superb profile to play. Anyway, I could wax lyrical
all day, but I think you will understand I am very happy with the
instrument. I do wonder what the ones you keep for yourselves are
like if you let 'em go sounding as good as this..........
Old Time Special 000-12
I purchased a Gibson Les Paul electric, two Taylor and one
Martin acoustic guitars from you guys through the years and the
reason I purchased from you guys is you can truly trust your honesty,
knowledge and craftsmanship. After having said that I sold them
all and had you make me one which we designed together. Not only
was it invigorating and exciting to do this together, it is also
the best sounding guitar I have ever owned. Thanks, and I would
do it all over again. You guys are “ The Guitar Masters”.
Best of Luck,
Just to let you know that I am delighted with the guitar. It really
is very pretty and has a wonderful tone.Thanks again and good luck.
Manuel & Patterson 00-12 Adirondack Top, Brazilian Rosewood Headstock
with abalone vine inlay
000-12 Adirondack Spruce Top
Buy one of these guitars, you will be amazed at the quality &
||I love this guitar! It's as simple as that.
I knew that before I even got to see one, that these instruments
would be something to marvel at. I found my anticipation and expectations
were not even close to the reality. I have owned many acoustic guitars
but this is the one that gets the ring and gets buried with me.
Joe and Phil are amazing players and craftsmen who build guitars
to be played and admired.
Thanks Joe & Phil,
Keith's OO-12 ASM-2 Adirondack Spruce Top, Abalone Torch, Brazilian
Joe Manuel and Phil Patterson,
I am truly enjoying my new 00 12-fret slot top, it was made to order
just to my specifications and the detail is unsurpassed. The only problem
is I am not using my other guitars, as I can't put my Manuel-Patterson
down. - Keith Cole, North Carolina
John & his custom order "Indian Trail"
Adirondack / Brazilian Dreadnought
Joe and Phil,
My new, custom Manuel and Patterson Indian Trail Dreadnought
is fantastic. Thank you for spending all of those hours with me going
over each detail, from selecting the Brazilian Rosewood and Adirondack
Spruce, through designing the purfling and decorative motifs, to selecting
the tuners and pickguard. It was great to be a part of the process.
The back, sides, and top are flawless; the neck is perfect; the pearl
rosette and purfling are stunning; and the Marksville Period ceramic
motifs on the headstock and fretboard are exactly what I had envisioned.
I've only been able to play it for a couple of weeks and it is a "killer".
It plays well all over the fretboard, has a beautiful tone, and the
best part is that its only going to get better with time.It really is
a high-caliber instrument that I'm proud to own.
John Greene, Bush, Louisiana
||Dear Joe and Phil,
I can't thank you enough for my Opry Special. I am in love with
Everyone who has heard it has used the same word to describe it:
It is the only acoustic I have played that does a remarkable job
strumming, flatpicking and fingerpicking. It is an instrument that
versatile and yet uncompromising. When it comes to describing the
craftsmanship you employ, I've had more than one impressed friend
"These guys know what they're doing." I agree.
Aden Paul, New
"Indian Trail" Adirondack top Dreadnought
The guitar arrived safe and sound. I played it last
night and it sounds great and feels very comfortable to play. It looks
very good also. I can't wait to take it to a jam. Thanks a lot.
Simi Valley, California
Manuel & Patterson D-14 Dreadnought, Adirondack
Top, large soundhole, abalone snowflake inlays
can't say how pleased I am about my new "Opry Special" Abita Springs
guitar. The workmenship and attention to detail is amazing. From the
headstock to the strap button, and all places in between, it is truly
a work of art. Even better is the easy and comfortable way it plays.
Every time I get an opportunity to pick with a new group of folks, people
will comment on the guitar's looks. Then, when they hear how it sounds
they'll usually ask if they can play it. I've had a chance to play it
in different settings with various vintage and new instruments (including
Martins, Gibsons, Collings, etc.) and it never takes a back seat in
either tone or volume. Y'all have crafted a truly great guitar and I'm
proud as punch to own it.
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