Hi, Jim: Happy day! My new Worland OM guitar in cocobolo and cedar arrived safely, and I played it with much enthusiasm for 2 1/2 hours last night (ouch, my fingers are so sore!).
The size, along with the shorter scale length, is so comfortable to hold and play. The sound is just what I had hoped for: strong bass, the darker tone, balanced, not too bright and not too mellow. Really a beautiful and rich sound (your call on the cedar top was right on). One big surprise was the considerable volume and sustain on this smaller guitar; how did you manage that?!
The neck profile is just right: the 45mm nut width and 2 5/32 string spacing at saddle are perfect for me. The neck feels really comfortable in my left hand and my right hand isn't complaining. I have this tricky turnaround I do when fingerpicking Freight Train -- very fast and complex; I don't even know what I'm doing, only the fingers do. And yet, I can play it easily with this guitar, so going with the somewhat narrow 2 5/32nds string spacing at the saddle worked out just fine, and that gave me the narrower neck at the higher frets I wanted. So both hands are happy.
Also, I really love the look of this guitar. The darkly finished cocobolo trimmed in ivoroid is so rich and lovely. The dark tobacco sunburst on top gives the guitar both beauty and drama. And the naturally finished cocobolo headstock, backstrip, and rosette, all trimmed with ivoroid, make for the perfect accent to the darker cocobolo. I also love the classic block MOP inlays set against the ebony fingerboard, as well as the classic ebony pyramid bridge.
Once again, you've captured
that understated elegance I love so much. Simply put, this is
one gorgeous guitar, and yet, also very cool looking! By the way,
I like your new label inside, a small thing, but well done. Finally,
let me say that those vintage Waverly tuners with the ivory buttons
are the cat's meow! I can only say that getting a custom Worland
is infinitely better than even the finest factory guitar. I got
the neck I wanted, the sound I wanted, and the look I wanted.
Thanks for building this one...just for me. It's a dream guitar