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Testimonials

"I received my Lucas fan fret Pavilion four years ago and it has opened up superbly. I became interested in Adrian when I read that his guitars did not sound American but rather European — I was looking for that. When I met Adrian and played his own guitar I knew I was playing a top quality instrument. We talked a long time about string spacing, neck profile and so on and I was stunned when I picked up the finished guitar; it seemed exactly tailored to my expressed need! After commissioning the guitar, top American Luthier Kathy Wingert sent me an email which said “You are in good hands — nobody makes a better guitar than Adrian”. I have found this to be right on the money. I have played a lot of high end, luthier built, instruments and have yet to find one that I would prefer to live with."

Andy Howell

 

"Following a year-long search, I chose Adrian to create my bespoke guitar because we share an admiration for functional beauty, and simply stated, Adrian knows what he is doing. Adrian has a wealth of knowledge regarding wood tonal qualities, build design, ergonomics and sound, all of which he eagerly and openly shares. Adrian’s standard array of guitars are mindfully crafted with impressive sound qualities in their own right. However, within these models, the custom tweaks Adrian is able to provide are magical. Regarding my own Pavilion Sweep, I am most pleased with how well it projects, its fullness, its tone and its levelness across the sound range. No single frequency overshadows another. Yet, it has thumping bass, radiant mids and crisp, ringing trebles. The sustain is impressive as well. Visually, I may be a bit biased, but feel the esthetics are reservedly stunning – no glam, just pure wood beauty. As thoroughly pleased as I am with my completed guitar, the serpiginous, meandering design and build process was a delight. Adrian was pleasantly receptive and happily provided thoughtful options and solutions to any and all queries, concerns and requests I had from our first meeting to handing over the finished guitar. To quote Adrian, “There isn’t anything we cannot do, Noel. We just have to do the maths.” If you are able to effectively communicate what you are looking for in a guitar, I have every confidence that Adrian can produce a beautiful piece of art that you can enjoy for decades."

Noel Clancey

 

"The Pavilion 12 Sweep didn't appeal to me at first in terms of aesthetics, but looks are subjective — it's personality that counts! As soon as I tried this guitar, I was smitten. I certainly didn't need another guitar, but it's rarely about need, and the tone is hauntingly beautiful. The guitar is incredibly comfortable too, more playable than any guitar I've owned, and has perfect intonation right up to the dusty end, which the sweep cutaway makes easily accessible. Music simply falls out of this guitar and I'm still enjoying learning what it can teach me. It now hangs above my desk and is played daily, charming me with its coquettish looks, which naturally I've grown to love as the guitar has helped me to find new music."

Cams Campbell

 

"This mandolin has very quickly become one of my favourite instruments. It's a delight to play. It has a sweet tone, but with enough power and clarity to cut through in a loud mix when I need it to. It's a beautiful instrument."

Simon Marsden

"I was astounded by the beauty and power of the Lucas guitars I played at The Stamford Guitar Festival. I loved the richness of the bass and the sonorous, bell-like quality of the mids and treble. were nothing short of amazing. Adrian's attention to detail is apparent in the fit and finish. The joinery is flawless. Bravo, Lucas Guitars!"

Jack Lawrence - Doc Watson's playing partner since the mid 80s 

 

"Adrian Lucas' innovative guitars have a beautifully strong, clean and clear sound with a depth and richness that enable the player to make strong contrasts while also retaining a very responsive touch at low dynamic levels. The treble and bass are beautifully matched and project with real strength and clarity - you really feel that the guitar isn't holding anything back".

Craig Ogden

"It is a magnificent instrument. Bold in design and sound, there is something very right about it. Although it is a slightly different sound than our ordinary guitar, the modifications to the shape, the manner of bracing and hole placement produces an extremely big sound that is very well balanced and massive.....The sustain is great, the bass is incredible and the treble is distinct and clear.....the Lucas is an amazing guitar that I recommend......The vision of this guitar is well realized and the articulation of the luthier brings forth his vision in striking exactitude."

Larry Cooperman

"Adrian Lucas is a talented guitar-maker who makes not only conventional style instruments but also a new radial design model. He has excellent skill and understanding of the tonal properties of timber, and produces guitars with a refined and clear balance of tone, plus impressive projection."

John Mills

"I find that the sound comes out very spontaneous and big from your guitars.....I really feel very comfortable playing them."

Antonio de Innocentis

"I found the lutherie of Adrian Lucas original in its concept, forms and artistic results. A bit like an attempt to come back to original concepts, seeking for the essential: the sound. The steel string I have tried reminded me of ancient instruments, very sonic and tight, Eddie Lang, Charlie Christian or Django would have enjoyed it. I was particularly impressed with the sound of the nylon string, very even, graceful and quite friendly all together !"

Pierre Bensusan (steel and classical radials)