Tom Doerr Guitars
After being inspired by the playing of Phil Keaggy Tom ordered a couple of guitars from Bill Wise (Charis guitars, see the Charis page on this website) in the late 1990s and built his first guitar in 2001, by 2004 he was a full time luthier. Tom cites Jeff Traugott and Michi Matsuda (see Matsuda guitars on this website) as influences, he also studied with the one and only Ervin Somogy (also on this site). I have been following his work for a few years now and am delighted to have him on board.
Tom says: My approach to guitars is simple: make a guitar that sounds great, feels great, looks great, and even smells great, satisfying customers who have great taste! This is what I strive to provide, even when it means investing more time. I do not build guitars for mass production, but I build unique guitars that are inspiring to play, inspiring to see, and inspiring to hold. It is more important to me to take the time to put my heart into ten fine guitars a year. Creating a guitar to get the best tonal characteristics requires adding more intricate bracing patterns, such as the lattice bracing, and individually voicing each guitar top to maximize its potential.
Comfort in every regard is very important to me. As with all my guitars, the bindings are bevelled to take the edge off of every contact point of the guitar. I also strive to build a lighter guitar, which provides a more connected feeling when being played due to its liveliness in your lap. Playability is one of the most important aspects of Doerr guitars. If not set up correctly, it does not matter how good a guitar sounds or looks; you will not want to play it. Set up and playability are key elements for a pleasurable guitar!
Doerr Legacy SelectSoldMy first from Tom and more than ample proof of the reputation he has gained over recent years.
With bevelled bindings top an back it is a supremely comfortable guitar to play. Feeling so comfortable and at ease allows you to concentrate on playing and listening to its wonderful tone. It has a deep an sonorous, rich and mellow sound with great separation and definition, fantastic for letting each note contribute a full palate and blend with the next. A dream fingerstylists guitar.
And not to forget, fantastic workmanship and detailing (look at the back of the headstock), a work of art.
• German Spruce top
• Sacha rosewood (higuerilla) back and sides
• Florentine cutaway
• 14 frets to the body
• 25.4” scale
• 1.75 nut width
• 2.25” string spacing at saddle
• 15.5” lower bout
• Mahogany neck
• Black/Maple/Black purfling
• Beveled ebony bindings
• Madagascar rosewood headstock veneer
• Sacha rosewood rear headstock veneer
• MoP position markers (with side dots)
• Madagascar rosewood rosette
• Ebony fretboard
• Madagascar Rosewood Bound in ebony bridge
• Gold Gotoh 510 Delta Series tuners
• Faux ebony tuner buttons
• Bone nut and saddle
• Ebony bridge pins
• No pickguard
• Cedar Creek case