Guitar design should always start with the question: what do you want from your guitar?

Many luthiers expect answers like this: "I want the ideal fingerstyle (or flatpicking, or rhythm) guitar." Or maybe, "I want a mellow-sounding instrument with a rich bottom end and soaring trebles."

But these are valid answers too: "I want it to help me unwind after a hectic day at work." "I need it to help me perform in front of an audience without headaches." Or even, "I want my friends' eyes to pop out of their heads when they see it."

What do you want from your guitar?

Although you are the most important part of the design equation, the builder's approach to the problem obviously will affect the outcome.