Tim: I have tuned the 12 string down a step and a half, and am using medium strings (harder on the fingers but I am getting there--relearning some elements of playing again). Talk about resonance! In spades! I play in church plugged in to my little practice amp and it is enough to carry the whole room with singing.
I have to tell you a similar story. Robert Bowlin (played with Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Kathy Mattea, etc.) was in my home shortly after I got my McKnight and played it. He liked it quite a bit at the time. He played it again a couple of years later and didn't think it was the same guitar. The instrument had matured and the sound had opened up so much in that short time. It continues to do so to this day! Thanks
It’s my pleasure and honor to recommend to you McKnight Guitars. First allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little about why I chose McKnight. My name is Matt Brent and I am the full time worship pastor for the Celebration Christian Church in Marion, OH. I knew I needed a guitar built to shine on the stage and built well enough to endure the rigors of a working musician’s schedule. I played many guitars from many of the top makers: Taylor, Larrivee, Martin, Breedlove, Gibson, Takamine, and several others. At the end of the day, not one of these makers invited me to their home and took the time to educate me about acoustic guitars. Not one of these companies allowed me to design my guitar from beginning to end to my own specifications. Not one of these makers offered to build a personal relationship with me and treat me like family. Tim and Mary did all of these things, so I chose McKnight, and I have never been disappointed with that decision.You just need to know that Tim and Mary are salt of the earth type people. You will find them down to earth and approachable in every circumstance, and they genuinely care for people. Tim understands the intricacies of tone woods and wants to match your needs with the guitar he builds you. He’s willing to listen and take the time to deliver what you need. I’ve seen him spend hours trying to help someone find the right woods to suit their personal tastes and needs as a musician. If you are reading this then you already know the outstanding quality of the guitars you are researching. But just to be thorough, let me say that my McKnight Jumbo Mac (I call her Big Momma) is the finest guitar I’ve ever played. Tim and I designed her to stand out on the stage and perform with excellence and this guitar just keeps getting better. The quality of the craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none. McKnight Guitars are as fine an instrument as you can find.
Allow me to add one last thing for you to ponder when considering McKnight Guitars: when Tim and Mary say they stand behind their instruments 100%, you can believe it. In my experience, they have gone above and beyond many times in an effort to stand behind their guitars. The McKnights deliver a level of customer service and personal attention that would be impossible for the bigger companies to achieve.
I am thrilled to be a part of the McKnight family of guitar owners. It’s a rare opportunity to be associated with people of outstanding character and integrity who care for their customers like family and build instruments of supreme quality. When you choose McKnight Guitars for your own needs as a musician and artist, I am convinced that Tim and Mary will exceed all your greatest expectations as well. Sincerely, Matt Brent
To whom it may concern, I have the pleasure of owning a fine instrument built by Tim McKnight. Tim is building one of the finest guitars on the market today. His construction and tonal qualities certainly speak for themselves. This is not surprising, as Tim is a man dedicated to excellence regardless of the endeavor. I have had the pleasure of Tim's company and immediately was taken by his dedication, thoughtfullness, and character. My business dealings with Tim have been a direct reflection of these qualities. His customer service is top-notch. As a business man myself, great communication, a willingness to stand behind quality, and pride in a product, are all essentials for success in the current marketplace. Tim exemplifies these qualities. Mary, Tim's wife, coordinates many aspects of the business which allows Tim time to focus on the product. Mary is also a wonderful marketer and all-around "cheerleader" for her husband's guitars. Her presence on the Internet has been instrumental (pun intended) in the success of McKnight Guitars.McKnight Guitars is a top-notch organization, run by people with high integrity and a genuine love for the craft. I own one McKnight guitar at the present time. It won't be my last. Please feel free to call me at any time if further information is needed.Sincerely, Tom Young
To whom it may concern, I can not say enough about the quality, sound and service, that I have received from Tim and Mary McKnight. I am currently waiting to pick up my second McKnight guitar this coming August. Throughout the building process of this latest guitar both Tim and Mary have kept in touch with me by sending me questions, comments and pictures of my new guitar as it takes shape. I know that this new guitar will be as beautiful and sound as wonderful or better than my first one. Would I recommend them to others? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!! If you are looking for a very high quality, good looking and great sounding guitar, from a builder that provides impeccable service. You won't have to look any further than to MCKNIGHT GUITARS Sincerely, Andrew J. Ekegren (proud owner of two McKnight guitars)
If anyone would have told me a year ago that I'd no longer be using my Martin HD-28 as my main guitar I'd have laughed at them and called them a liar. That was before I found the McKnight Guitar booth at the 2005 IBMA trade show. Tim's guitars were a little "odd" looking with the soundports & the non-traditional headstocks. I think that's what drew me to them initially. I picked up a few different models and I was immediately sold on the soundport idea.....I could hear myself.....a problem many bluegrass guitar player suffer from especially in Jams. WOW. Then I started to notice the craftsmanship. It was flawless. You can really tell the difference when a guitar is hand made with care & attention to detail. In fact, a good friend of mine (Tim Scheerhorn of Scheerhorn Resonator Guitar building fame) said to me "that guys a heck of a builder, go check out those guitars." What hit me next was the playability. Excellent up & down the neck and balanced to boot. Then the real test...the CAPO test. I slapped a capo on the 4th fret & hit a few chords and they were still in tune! A guitar that capo's in tune is a rare find - there is usually some fine tuning & tweaking involved - but not with this guitar. WOW again. Needless to say, I found the one I wanted (a Hickory/1959 Sitka Spruce Model) made the purchase and it's now my "go to" guitar for everything I do. I'm really looking forward to getting it in the studio and seeing how the guitar records. I'm sure it will be stunning. I'm soon leaving for the 2006 IBMA events in Nashville, TN and can honestly say, one of the stops I'm most looking forward to is the McKnight Guitar Booth. My only fear is that I'll find another one that I want.....credit card beware....Lare Williams, New Direction Band
Tim: I was most impressed by how quickly you went from a well built guitar (the ones I played at the first GrevenFest) to these new guitars. Worlds apart tonally. The new guitars are as close to a true vintage sound as I heard anywhere at the Healsdburg show. Big, powerful, balanced tone along with easy play and excellent setups. The lightness of the instruments spoke to their correct thicknessing of back, sides, top, etc. and the sound showed light bracings without being too light. It was the meaty quality of the sound that most impressed me. It is a most difficult part of the sound envelope to achieve. You have found that critical balance between light enough and too light to get a genuine 30's vintage Martin sound while adding finesse to the tonal envelop as well. Absolutely great guitars. I would own one if I didn't build. John Greven, Greven Guitars
Tim McKnight's guitars exhibit meticulous fit and finish coupled with stunning tonewoods. But beyond the great look and feel of McKnight guitars, their sound is what catches players' attention most. McKnight guitars have great tonal clarity, presence and projection. Tim's clever use of sound ports in the upper-bout sides also provide immediate, intimate feedback of the guitar's voice to the player, even when strings are plucked at low volume levels. Last, but not least, McKnight guitars feature setups that afford silky smooth playability. All in all, McKnight guitars sound and play just great.Mike Crixell, Acoustic Player Magazine
Tim McKnight made a strong statement this year at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival with six fine hand built guitars using native tonewoods such as hickory and features that include his unique headstock shape and multiple sound ports. The tone and volume was impressive as well as the attention to detail and craftsmanship.Doug Jones, aka Little Brother, Acoustic Player Magazine
McKnight Guitars are one of the best values in today's high end guitar market. Everything that should be in a high end guitar is there in spades. Getting a McKnight Guitar would be to get a lot more than you would be paying for. Clarity, balance, beauty and great tone ... these guitars have it all. Tom Gindorf, 2005 Healdsburg Mini Concert Artist
Posted by Surreal McCoy This guitar was no less than absolutely "stunning"........I was really unsure as to what to expect from this somewhat unique wood combo of Douglas Fir/Wild Cherry....... I now know......... 2004 Douglas Fir top/Wild Black Cherry back & sides (Curly maple wedge on center back).Gold Grover 18:1 Vintage V97 tuners. Rosewood fretboard (dot). MOP rosette & McKnight logo (headstock). E. I. Rosewood binding. Herringbone purfling.Cow bone nut & saddle (scalloped). Sound: I was very curious as to what this somewhat unique wood combination would yield. The Douglas Fir top is fairly close to it's cousin Spruce as far as tone & response. The Cherry sides/back are a cross between Mahogany & Maple. I felt the clarity and cleanliness of Maple, along with a slight woody tone of Mahogany. This proved to be an excellent pairing. The wood combo along with the design & bracing Tim employs, ultimately produces an acoustic that is capable of extreme dynamic abilities; fingerpicked or strummed! I was amazed at how "crisp" and "tight" this guitar could be when picking robustly; and just as amazed at the "silky smooth" notes this guitar produces higher up the fretboard. Tim manages an excellent string voicing & spacing. The low E had more bass than most similar size instruments. I love it! Action & Finish: The action came set up very low & balanced. The guitar is like butter to play. Apparently; in transit, there became some temperature/humidity problems that resulted in some noticeable string buzz with the A string. While Tim offered some constructive suggestions, along with profusely apologizing; I chose to leave well enough alone. The guitar had so many "strengths".......I didn't mind the few small obstacles. Speaking of which; my only other criticism would be the small amount of extra glue I found where the neck joins the body. Tim uses hot hide glue on all top braces to allow the string energy to transmit more efficiently. In addition; there was one small blemish on the binding, under the gloss finish. Support: After receiving numerous emails, along with speaking with Tim on the phone; I would feel very good about doing business with Tim McKnight. He is not only a very talented luthier, but an equally concerned and caring person. Overall rating: When my wife first saw the McKnight OM, she stated that it was the most beautiful guitar she'd seen me bring home! Please keep in mind that in the last couple of months, I've brought some real beauties home to visit (Breedlove, Goodall, McIlroy, Everett, etc.). The McKnight Douglas Fir/Cherry is a "stunning" combination, and holds it's own against any one of these fine other builds. Tim designed the body depth to be a 1/4" deeper than a shallow body OM. This slight difference adds more to the tone & projection, yet feels "just right" to hold. This may very well become one of my favorite OM's I've ever encountered. A definite "keeper" instrument. Congrats Tim McKnight for a very finely crafted musical instrument!
Subject: Tim McKnight Jumbo Mac - VERY long
Overall, this is a very good sounding guitar. It is a big guitar and designed to flat pick. With a slightly wider neck and wider string spacing at the saddle, this would be a dynamite finger picking guitar. I liked it a lot. And there you have it. Tim...any discrepancies in the dimensions can be blamed on my Craftsman tape measure and my bi-focals.