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I've now been playing one of Richard's cedar/Indian guitars (#386 2005) for a number of months and enjoy it tremendously. While I will not attempt to describe the sonorous effect produced by this wonderful guitar, as this has been done well by others commenting on his work, I will say that its aesthetics are beyond compare. The proportions, materials, finish and craftsmanship combine to make Richard's #386 a true work of art. And the instrument is a delight to play. I wish my own skill could be improved suffeciently to take full advantage of this terrific classical guitar.

Tuesday, 12 July 2005


guiters r great! Smile well done benny on the site!!!!!!!!!!! from hannah banana

Thursday, 17 February 2005

Peter Morgenroth

G'day Richard

Glad to see you finally got your website up. Nice job Ben! The 10-string still works- Amazing!

Friday, 11 February 2005

Bernd Hermanski

i have not had the pleasure of playing one of your guitars, but would love to try one...

Wednesday, 02 February 2005

David Johnston

Hi Richard I have no.94 from 1983, has had lots of wear and tear but still going strong. Have had many hundreds of hours playing this Baby.

Thanks and best regards, David.

Thursday, 06 January 2005

Daniel Ciurleo

My biggest regret was having to sell my Richard Howell guitar no 157. It saw me through many a performance of Albeniz and Granados. Well, I'm back buying another!

Friday, 12 November 2004

Peter Laimins

Two years ago, a guitarist friend of mind invited me to join him as he visited a local high-end guitar store (GSI in Santa Monica). Though I had very little guitar playing experience, and no plans to buy a guitar, I joined him, and spent three hours sampling guitars by Hauser, Contreras, Howell, Alhambra, Conde Hermanos, Jose Ramirez, etc. At the time, these names meant nothing to me, but I kept returning to Richard's Cedar-top guitar. The richness and balance of sound (and color) were unmatched, and I left that evening with #313('97) in my passenger seat. For almost 2 years, I've been with a great teacher (one of the LAGQ!), and the guitar sounds and looks better every day. Thanks, Richard.....glad to have found your website! Now I look forward to rainy days (like today) here at the beach in So. California.

Saturday, 21 February 2004

Brian Gaines

Great website- Incredible craftsmanship.

Friday, 30 January 2004


Great site!

I loved the sound samples . I realize one should not purchase a guitar without holding it in your hands, but after playing several different guitars and listening to many mp-3s of guitars I am pretty much sold on your guitars!

Friday, 21 November 2003

Ken Wohlers

I just purchased my first Richard Howell guitar and received it on 3-17-03. I have been looking for 20 years to find an instrument that produced that quality of sound throughout.Basses, Trebles and harmonics are unbelieveable. I am sorry that it took me this long to discover an instrument like this even exists. Thank you Richard Howell for letting me enjoy the rest of my life with an instrument like this. I am 69 years old now, but even so the notes still are ringing in my head.

Wednesday, 19 March 2003

David Cleaver

Hi Richard,

Number 256, 1992 keeps getting better. Thanks for your wonderful craftsmanship.David

Tuesday, 11 March 2003

Marcus Bussey

I recently got a guitar from Richard. The tone is as awesome as the craftsmanship. The instrument is highly responsive and projects with clarity and balance. I find it is also highly flexible, suiting both early and modern repertoire equally well. The sound is original and distinctive and it will take me some time to really finish learning what this guitar has to say. M Bussey

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Jack Hanson

Hi Richard,

Good to find your site and make contact. I am proud owner of 111 and have been playing it since 1984.

Cheers Jack

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Yuji Suzuki

Dear Sir,

I enjoy playing your guitar, No.335 these days. It generates well-balanced thick sound, travelling well to the end of a hall, though I am a local amature guitarilst. Thank you.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Graham Smith

G'Day Richard.

Great Web-site, just a quick note to say hello and that I am still the proud owner of S/No 300 and its sounding great. I hate to go through a day without playing it. Regards. Graham Smith.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Victor Moreno

Dear Mr.Howell

Your guitars are the best of all the other guitars I have played. my 1999 howell guitar has great volume, sounding very cello like. a superb guitar to play the music of johann s bach, the sonatas of domenico scarlatti and many other composers of the baroque era.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Peter Newnham

Hi Richard,

Just to let you know guitar no.331 survived the trip up to Broome and is standing up to the tropical conditions well. Regards to you and Kate.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999

Roger Carr

Nice site, Richard!

Tuesday, 30 November 1999


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