David Weitzman, the Little Sister from B&G Guitars is fighting for her own place in the handcrafted
guitar market. We discovered this guitar thanks to a video -very well done,
indeed- that landed on our social
networks by chance. Eliran Barashi
and Kiki Goldstein (B&G) are
passionate about vintage guitars and Little
Sister is the spitting image of their philosophy: light body (semi-hollow,
with original reverse f-holes), parlor
shaped... acoustic soul, electric spirit. Cool handmade pickups (humbucker or P90, made in their workshop in Tel-Aviv) and wood from Brazil, Honduras, Madagascar or Amazon do
the rest: one guitar in two versions (dreadnought or single cutaway) that sounds amazing
just plugged directly into the amp: no effects needed to appreciate the quality...
We will be closely watching Little
Sister evolution: will the baby grow fast and healthy?
1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or start out as, a luthier?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): I started playing the guitar when I was young, and I really liked all the technical stuff…then later on I became more and more interested in all the making process and getting control on sound of the instrument and the rest is history.
2. GUITARS EXCHANGE: What inspires you to design and manufacture a new guitar?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): I love vintage gear, it’s always been my inspiration, especially guitars from the 30’s up to the 60’s. So every time I design a new guitar I keep those times in mind.
3. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Do you look for a given sound for any particular reason?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): It’s a bit hard to explain that with words, but the sound that I'm going for is the closest to the quality and magic that the vintage instruments have.
4. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Select one and talk about: soul, jazz, blues, rock, pop…or other.
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): Blues, you can make amazing things from a few simple instruments and a hoarse singer! And of course it’s the origin of all the greatest players.
5. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Are you a jobbing artist or a solitary artisan?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): I would say that I'm just a regular jobbing artist. I just love build guitars.
6. GUITARS EXCHANGE: What was the last record or CD you bought? And listened to?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): Avi Goldfinger - What do you even know about Jesus? Amazing guitar work!
7. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Electric or acoustic?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): Depends on the time…but right now - acoustic.
8. GUITARS EXCHANGE: What is the secret behind your choice of wood?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): I can’t explain exactly when it comes to wood choices, but a tip that I can give you would be that secret is knowing how to match between different types of wood, which is the one of the most critical parts.
...AND TWO HANDS
9. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Why should we consider luthier-crafted guitars as a viable option to guitars made by the large manufacturers?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): Large manufacturers can’t give the same amount of attention to the guitar as a luthier can. Also, large manufacturers can’t supply huge amount of high quality wood as a boutique luthier can.
10. GUITARS EXCHANGE: Who plays your guitars? Who would you like to have play your guitars?
B&G (Kiki Goldstein): I want people that will simply love and appreciate the guitar and connect with it and these are the people who play it right now!
Official B&G website: http://bngguitars.com