My long “Tone Quest” for my dream guitar just came to a happy conclusion thanks to Tom Dircks – I’m absolutely ecstatic about the magnificent Collings OM3 short scale German/Cocobolo acoustic I received. The finest fretted instrument I’ve ever seen and critically important – the tone is exactly what I was looking for and then some, following several months of auditioning many guitars.
Tom was a pleasure to work with throughout the process, as I had several phone discussions and email exchanges since October. With his knowledge and fantastic inventory of short scale guitars, he had several combinations I wanted to try side by side, so I originally considered a trip to WI. Flight schedules and lack of time made that too cumbersome, so I went with a leap of faith – acquiring a guitar amongst several choices without doing my own “shoot-out”.
Tom was fantastic – he listened carefully to my detailed notes/likes/dislikes on all the guitars I auditioned in my quest. He narrowed the field to the Cocobolo and one other possibility. He did his own side by side tone comparison and also vs an OM1 that is spec’d exactly the same as my current Collings. He articulated the tonal qualities quite well, and following further discussion and questions on my end, we made the selection. His description of the attributes of this guitar were spot on, and the tone has just blown me away!
Tom was nice enough to go to the store on a day with heavy snow and poor road conditions, package and ship it overnight to get it into my hands quickly, carefully watching the airport conditions to make sure it would get out. He’s been following up as well, even though he’s among family for the holidays.
I heartily recommend working with Tom to find the guitar you’ve been looking for – if he doesn’t already have it, I’m sure he can custom build what your quest is looking to achieve. I can’t get over how he nailed what I wanted so well, after being disappointed several times in playing guitars that had the specs I was looking for, but lacked the “magic”. I now know by experience what Tom means by his ability to “dial in” tones with his experience and great working relationship with Collings, Santa Cruz, etc. This was a First Class experience all the way, start to finish. I’m an ecstatic customer – THANKS Tom!