I had heard of Rick and his guitars from a mutual friend, Mark Kendall
My first opportunity to see, touch and play one was at the SoCal Guitar Show in June 2022
After admiring the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of vintage instruments and not seeing anything that really caught my eye, my wife and I were about to leave when I saw the RH Custom booth.
I walked in and was immediately impressed with the visual appeal of the instruments on display. Immediately drawn to a lovely red guitar (named Little Wing), I asked if I could pick it up and hold it. Rick obliged and offered for me to plug it in to his amp.
The feel and finish of the instrument was absolutely superb. The hardware, a mix of chrome and gold, was high-end and striking.
I heard my wife tell Rick, “He’s leaving with that guitar, I can see it in his eyes.”
Well, once I plugged it in and began playing it, I was blown away. The fretwork (stainless steel frets) is perfect, the intonation spot-on, the playability of the neck is masterful.
And then, Rick says "both pots are push/pull, you can independently split each pickup."
Really? Well, that simply made this the most versatile guitar that I personally have ever played.
Short story: my wife was correct! I did leave with that guitar and happily joined the RH Custom Guitars family.
My band plays a very eclectic setlist that requires me to have at least 2, normally 3 guitars. With the versatility provided by independently splitting each pickup, I can play the entire setlist with this guitar.
The neck is so stable that for drop D, I just down tune the low E string and all other strings remain in tune … it’s literally faster than changing guitars.
I began playing guitar in the early 80s and have amassed a rather large and somewhat varied collection of instruments.
I own Gibsons, Fenders, PRS, Knaggs, Suhrs, Kramers, ESPs, Buddy Blazes, Gretsch, Ibanez, Carvins, Peavy, Brian Moore and Walla Walla … and I would put this instrument up against anything I ever played.
If you play guitar and haven’t tried an RH Custom Guitar
, you have no idea what you are missing!