I thought I would post a quick note on some research I have been doing on the new Gallatos that are now available.I thought I would post a quick note on some research I have been doing on the new Gallatos that are now available.
As some of you that have owned the Model 452 know how great they are. The wood is nice the playability is great and the tone really hits the mark. When word of more of the 452s started circulating I was very happy to know that these guitars were going to be available again. Upon seeing the new batch I was very disappointed. *** I have not heard or played one so this is my first impression as I have only seen the new ones just a day or so ago.*** The shape of the instrument looks more like a Pattenote. This is all fine and good as I my self own a Pattenote and it has a distanced “Pattenote” tone. Nothing like the Gallotos I have played. My fear with the new bread of Gallato is that the time taken in the past to up hold the Selmer tone has slipped on these new guitars. If any of you have built your own instrument you know how much more time it takes to get that tight bend around for make the “cut away” that makes these guitars what they are. My thought is that if this very noticeable change has been allowed what other things have changed? If I’m going to spend over $2,000 for a guitar I really want it to play, sound and look right. The Pattenote is a $900 guitar. With some work they play great and sound like an old school gypsy guitar. I would recommend them to any one as long as they were willing to put the time in to e making them play and sound good. (for more info on what I did to my Pattenote I would be happy to start another thread. Please do not turn this thread into a Pattenote discussion.) But with a name like Gallato I would hope that those sort of precautions did not have to be in the back of the buyers mind. I know that all guitars, no matter how expensive, need their fare share of set up for the individual player. But the one thing you can’t really change is the sound. And that is why we spend so much money. And that should be there on an instrument in the price range of the Gallato. I’m really looking forward to hearing and playing a new Galaato and truly hope they are great. But at this point I have my reservations.