Review: Geronimo Mateos Special Chorus



  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    Posts: 1,665
    The unspoken agreement between my wife and I is that "one guitar in" means "one guitar out"

    Too funny! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one with that sort of agreement. Although space limitations do figure in as well.


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  • Posts: 38
    As long as my wife keeps buying shoes and not keeping a "one pair in, one pair out" rule, I'm not subscribing to such an agreement. My limitation, however, is household cash flow shortages (probably due to excess shoe purchases).

    Hmmm. Good point. I say you do an audit of what the total annual shoe expenditure is and match it with a guitar/musical instrument fund for yourself.


  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    Posts: 1,459
    Ah, the law of conservation of guitars. Know it well.
  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,320
    How many guitars is enough? Just one more.... :-)

    It's an illness. I have 11 (I think), plus a uke. Plus several in the works in the shop. It's even worse when you can BYO. My problem is I have too much wood which just enables the sickness...
  • edited February 2018 Posts: 38
    @ Bones - Well, given my other vices such as motorcycles and bicycles, I have multiple afflictions. Sickness indeed.

    I think she's forgotten about the two guitars that hang in my office at work, but the Mateos is too pretty to leave at the end of the work day.
  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959
    So am I the only one who has a lovely wife who does not put any restrictions on my guitar collection? And I don't know how many shoes she has but whatever makes her happy is fine with me. I do occasionally have a clear out of those that are not getting played but that is more a question of having some comfortable space in the music room rather than any financial concern.
    Anyway, back on topic and yes, that Geronimos Chorus could get me seriously interested, what a beauty! I had something similar built for me to my specs by Tony Petrarca a few years ago, (see photo) but as I say, there is always room for another.
  • edited February 2018 Posts: 38
    @Chris Martin - That's a BEAUTIFUL guitar! Love the dovetail at the base of the neck.

    Just curious, but does it sound different to your ears compared to the sound of any oval or D-hole guitars you own or have played?
  • ChrisMartinChrisMartin Shellharbour NSW Australia✭✭ Di Mauro x2, Petrarca, Genovesi, Burns, Kremona Zornitsa & Paul Beuscher resonator.
    Posts: 959
    Thanks. Yeah, I was very pleased how it turned out. Spruce top, flame maple back and sides, walnut neck, ebony headstock plate, fingerboard and bridge, Schaller tuners and the tailpiece he made himself, a true one-off. As for sound, all of my GJ guitars are strung with Argies and played with 3mm TimberTone picks but as far as I can hear, they all sound different. I put that down to experimenting with finding the sweet spot somewhere between the bridge and the fingerboard which varies on each guitar, I know some people are more fixed on their picking technique, but I just listen for the best sound and work with that. This particular one has a smooth mellow tone with lots of midrange, but more spiky trebles are (of course) available nearer the bridge. I am a relative beginner to this style, but then that may well be an advantage as I am not too set in my ways, or a slave to tradition.
  • Posts: 38
    @Chris Martin - The back looks great too. Overall, that’s a very unique looking guitar. Love the tailpiece.
  • ChiefbigeasyChiefbigeasy New Orleans, LA✭✭✭ Dupont MDC 50; The Loar LH6, AJL Silent Guitar
    Posts: 341
    Two Gypsy Jazz guitars, one L-5 copy guitar, an American Strat, and a CA custom electric. Like I need another instrument, but man, that guitar looks sweet. This review just makes the craving worse.

    My real limiting factor, however, is what I’m willing to leave behind during a hurricane evacuation. I was fortunate enough to not suffer the kind of losses others did during Hurricane Katrina here in New Orleans. It could be that bad, however. So, given that I can’t be evacuate with a car full of guitars leaving no room for the wife, food, and other essentials, I have to choose one guitar to take with me if I have to run. For me, my Dupont is the one that will travel with me. Guess that sets up a kind of “what one guitar would you want on a desert island“ kind of question.
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