I'm ordering my first BTO guitar at the end of the Summer and wanted to share some specs. I figured everyone can discuss and some may even learn here about different woods, sounds, and set ups when it comes to guitars.
My long story short is, I played for years as a kid, joined the military, and got hurt. So my spine and hands haven't worked right for years and I've missed playing a ton. Well, I recently had a little pain relief and decided I just can't miss this window of opportunity to possibly play again. So, I'm doing it right and getting the perfect guitar for me
Since my hands are still pretty weak and in pain I'm prioritizing "easy to play" and getting a Taylor Grand Concert (their smallest full size body) with a scaled down neck (which puts less tension on the strings, making it easier to play) and a 12 fret (the neck meets the body at the 12th fret rather than the 14th making both the neck shorter and the guitar have a more powerful sound since the bridge is moved down on the body).
I'm going with Ovangkol back and sides (similar to rosewood but less zingy in the highs and a more solid mid sounds, doesn't scoop the mids) and a Cedar top. This guitar is going to respond well to a very light touch, which is what I'll have since my hands are messed up. To counter the small size of the body, and quiet, warmer topwood I not only moved the bridge down with that 12 fret neck but also went with Adirondack Spruce bracing. For those who don't know Adirondack has virtually no volume limit when the bracing and whole top are made from it and much of this is from the bracing alone. So I should have good volume and snap from that bracing and yet the wonderful warm tone from the cedar that I love
Im going with a Venetian cutaway, no electronics, and a 1 3/4" nut width. Should suite my hands really well
Mahogany neck (satin finish) and all natural wood tones, no extras.
Slotted peghead with Gotoh tuners and a whole bunch of other little nuances in the little things.
That's my BTO.
Everyone else feel free to share your specs, your dream guitar specs, or even just ask questions about why different measurements, body sizes, wood options, etc.