My Friends Aloha,
My friend and Luthier, Lubos Naprstek has made two guitars for me and I wish to favorably endorse his craftsmanship at this time, by means of this e-mail.Mr. Naprstek made a ‘tap tuned’ arch top acoustic jazz guitar which is ‘sheer perfection’ in terms of beauty, sound, and craftsmanship.
I have played guitar for more than 40 yrs and while I may not know very much about a lot of things, when it comes to guitars I know excellence in guitars. Mr. Naprstek does not make any instrument that is not ‘excellent.’ Perfect is impossible, but the next thing to perfection is excellence and Lubos makes excellent stringed instruments. The second guitar he made me is a classical concert guitar. I wanted a guitar which had the capability of producing the very best of the Bossa Nova sound and would be undoubtedly the essence of Bossa Nova guitar.
I was not dissapointed. The only guitar that comes close to the one Mr. Naprstek made for me is a Di Georgio Tarrega, but I believe that the one Mr. Naprstek made me is of better craftsmanship and tonal quality than the Brazilian made Di Georgio. This says a lot. The Di Georgio Tarrega is the same guitar used by Antonio Carlos Jobim known for, among other things the composition “Girl from Ipanema.” It’s hard to get more Bossa than that. Anyway, he made me an axe which among other things, does Bossa better than any instrument I’ve ever played including the Tarrega! Good job Lubos!
Jaime de Leon, Hawaii
Just want thank you for the great Mandolin you made for me. The first time I picked it up it felt light and lively. While I was tuning this product of art I heard the volume and the intonation immediately and could not wait to play my first instrumental.
It’s a bright, clear, balanced and the sound sustains. This one can beat any mandolin from Gibson Custom shop easy. I am very happy and I wish you good luck in your career.
Your Pal George Raisler, Orlando, Florida Hi, Lubos.
Just wanted to let you know that I’m continuing to my Tenor Banjo that you made for me. I am still amazed at the good workmanship and excellent materials that you put into my instrument. When I compare it to other banjos, I’m so proud because it outshines and outplays them many times over. Thanks for a wonderful instrument.
I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying playing the open back tenor banjo you made for me. Frist of all, it is a beauty to look at, from the beatuiful ebony with inlaid mother of pearl headstock to the beautiful piano black finish that morphs to a maple color to show off the tiger maple neck.
The sound is spectacular! Intonation is very true, the tone ring produces a beautiful sustained tone with plenty of volume. But best of all, for some reason that is difficult to describe, it is a joy to hold and play. The sum total of all of the parts of this banjo, quality build and parts, aesthetic quality, playability and sound add up to a banjo worth several times what I paid for it. I use it regularly in my Celtic band and it is a winner!
Thanks again and keep in touch.
Jim O’Connor for Boston Blackthorne
Dear Lubos Naprstek,
I love the tenor banjo you made. For me personally, it plays very well and sounds great. For observers, they love the looks of the banjo. It’s a great instrument.
Robbert van Renesse
yes, I am very pleased with the acoustic archtop guitar I bought from you. It looks and sounds wonderful and also appears to be very well constructed. I would be happy to be a good reference
for anyone you would like to have contact me.
Bill Turner Says:
April 12th, 2009 at 1:57 am
The classical guitars built by Lubos Naprstek are absolutely masterpiece level instruments. The sound is rich, responsive and robust; intonation is perfect, along with a carefully and perfectly applied finish.
At this stage of Mr. Naprstek’s career, these are a rare bargain because once his reputation begins to spread I’m sure they will be much more expensive, and with a longer waiting time. He really DOES built these one at a time, and it shows (and sounds!)
Lubos, here’s a candid shot of me at Franco’s Osteria ( A restaurant) on City Line Ave in Philly on Sept. 18th I did a three hour gig for a Bridal Shower ( private party)It’s the longest single engagement I’ve done solo ( and non-stop) with a classical instrument in a very long time. Had lots of complements on both my playing and the sound of the instrument. I thought that the effort would make my hands hurt, but the instrument was very forgiving and responsive. I “lifted” the image file from Facebook, which is not known for the best in quality of its images. The strong backlighting was a problem. Because I was playing unamplified, I had to play harder to be heard over the conversation and background sounds. This was good both for my technique and the sound of the guitar. I’m really too used to playing softly in a microphone. This was a confidence builder, and the instrument “carried” with a better sound. I had an amp in the car, but was too lazy to go back and get it after the room sounds increased. I’m glad I didn’t. I played aggressively all afternoon. Put this image in your files along with the video at
The Brazilian Rosewood guitar has settled in by itself – I did nothing to it except to take it out and play it often, and all the strings sound crisp and clear.
I am so happy that bought both guitars! Some days and on some pieces I like one tonal color or the other. It is a little like ice cream – some days you want vanilla, and some days chocolate! It is nice to have both available.
Nothing to do now except learn more new music….
I hope your summer is going well and that you will have success with your magazine interview and many more sales.
Sometime when you are ready I would be pleased if you could touch up my Martin and the upper neck of my older Millennium-style guitar.
Thanks for everything, and give my regards to Dana and Amy.