The first year with my Bailey baritone guitar was a great one.
Custom built in autumn 2010 by Scottish-based luthier Mark Bailey to my design and specifications, it is the flagship prototype for the Bailey Guitars Preston Reed Signature Series, which includes a normal scale-length version.
The custom cedar-and-mahogany acoustic cutaway has been my primary instrument at every show since its debut a liitle over a year ago in Irvine (Scotland).
Over the past year I have performed with it in the U.K., Ireland, the U.S., Croatia and Poland.
I can honestly report that on every level it has surpassed my expectations.
I am delighted not only with its sound, feel, playability and tone onstage, in radio station control rooms, in hotel rooms, at home and everywhere else, but with its rugged, road-and-airline-tested reliability.
It seems to get richer, deeper and more powerful-sounding every time I pick it up.
The English cedar top continues to darken and get more beautiful.
I will be recording my next album with it in January.
Basically, the guitar just seems too good to be true.
I still cannot quite believe that my dream instrument was nothing more than an idea in my head a year and a half ago (see earlier post in this blog: “My New Guitar”)
But Mark Bailey made it happen.
I look forward to working with him on more exciting projects in the future.