Every great instrument has mysteries to be unlocked, and my Tonare PS The Maple no doubt has several lifetimes' worth.
It is capable of tremendous subtlety, and yet the sound is so open and lively for a new guitar that I can't even imagine how great it will sound down the road. I've posted pictures and sound clips of the guitar on other threads in this section of the forum, so I'm going to address some of the random things I've been thinking about in connection with the gestalt of acquiring and owning this guitar.
Let's get the obvious out of the way: it sounds magnificent, it plays like buttah, and it looks amazing. The craftsmanship is unbelievable.
But I had random thoughts that had little to do with the sound, etc.
I wondered if I did the right thing in ordering maple, when the guitar was perhaps designed with mahogany and rosewood in mind.
I wondered what the differences between a production and PS model would be, and whether it'd be "worth it."
I wondered how I'd relate to an heirloom instrument. I don't mean sonically and professionally, I mean, would I be afraid to take it out of its case and play it like I would any other guitar?
I managed to put all of these thoughts out of my head while the guitar was being built. I put off thinking them. But when the guitar arrived, everything flooded into my head.