Lately,I have been developing an interest in Art & Lutherie Ami guitars. I have
heard a lot of good things about Amis.

I also have been thinking of and been window shopping for a cheap priced, small
size flamenco guitar (no, I don't want a classical) thinking maybe this will
fill my needs and desires to play blues, folk, and country western. I am window shopping for a small size flamenco sounding guitar. Someone suggested the AHQ-10. From what I see from this link:


it looks like a pretty decent guitar, not great but, decent.

In spite of this link I still have some questions. One being: what does it sound like? I can't find a sound clip for it. Does anyone on this forum know anything about this guitar or the company that makes it?

Because of my Muscular Dystrophy my hands are weak. I find playing nylon strings easier, however I prefer the sound of steel. Actually, to be more precise, I like the tone of the low tuned strings of nylon and the metallic tones of the Bs and high Es of steel for they have more bite.

I have read that the Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings have some of these attributes that I am looking for. Will these Thomastik John Pearse Folk strings work with the Ami steel string and/or an Ami nylon string guitars and will they produced a sound that can be heard?

For experimental reasons I'm contemplating putting them on my Baby Taylor (I
want if possible more bass) and my old laminated Takamine Jasmine classical
guitar (because it is so uninspiring to my ears).

I welcome any comments and suggestions.

Last edited by Lafayette07 at Feb 2, 2012,
You know, in retrospect, it would have been a better decision for me to get an Ami. I ended up buying an A&L Spruce Top dreadnought a couple of years ago - it's a really pretty guitar with a great tone. The highs aren't as vibrant as my friend's awesome Taylor. His is a grand auditorium style of guitar with solid top and back, so you are guaranteed a tighter sound outta that.

The bass notes are very raw and deep in A&L dreadnoughts, and I'm guessing their Amis translate to about the grand auditorium shape and should have a brighter tone for the kind of music you're trying to play. Either way, Godin have excellent luthiers and are pretty true to the art of making guitars.
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