Still loving Big Dog 001 (fun to have the 001 of anything!). For those who may not appreciate it, the Big Dog is, at its core, the equivalent of Jeff Beck’s 1954 modified Oxblood Les Paul, with the traditional ’54 wraparound tailpiece, but humbuckers in place of P-90s (think the Blow by Blow album), for a small fraction of the price of a Gibson repro. This is enhanced by the M-spec wiring, allowing for tuneful coil splits, as well as phase shift and cocked-wah tonal options. Plus Larry’s chambered body to enhance resonance and reduce the weight, and the NTN finish to let the wood be heard. This is just a brilliant combo of wood, steel, wire and magnets, and the restraint to let them be heard for themselves, for those who take the time to figure it out (and give their wallets a break at the same time). Great job, Larry, for focusing on the stuff that matters, and delivering a guitar that can make music. Thank you!
Man!! I love the little dog!! Played it on a gig last night. I will probably order another soon! Thanks much, and have a great weekend!
Hi Larry, It’s been a couple of months now with my Corsa Fury, and I just wanted to touch base and check in. The guitar is great, greater than great actually! I play for at least an hour every day and on the weekends, three times that. I just wanted to say hello and thank you once again for such a wonderful guitar. I can’t say that enough. It is exactly what I was looking for and really, so much more. It just keeps getting better and better the more I play! Everything is working well and it’s the highlight of my day to come home and pick it up. The only thing that keeps me from playing it more is available time. I hope all is well with you and your family and of course, Corsa Guitars. All the very best,
...the BDS (Big Dog Special prototype) arrived last night and it exceeds all of my expectations!! I am truly floored about how great of an instrument you have made. It is way lighter than my Fenders, the neck feels amazing, great profile and feel. It just felt right as soon as I picked it up, it just makes you want to play. I haven’t plugged it in yet, but it sings unplugged. I love the finish, it is a beautiful guitar. I’ll give a better write-up later on, but just wanted to share my initial impressions. This is the best guitar I have ever played!!!!
Dear Larry, I am really enjoying Big Dog 001! The spankiness that comes from the wrap-around compensated bridge is great – less sag on the attack than a Tune-o-Matic or trapeze, and I really like having that (almost Tele-like attack) on a humbucker-equipped guitar. The authenticity and nuance in the tone from letting the wood be heard (together with quality electronics and hardware) is awesome – so, so many guitars today lose that basic concept, even “boutique” guitars costing twice as much but sound antiseptic, instead of sounding like a musical instrument. Last but not least, the flexibility that the pickups and wiring provides is terrific – the split-coil sounds really are good and full (not anemic or brittle), and in humbucker mode you get the fullness, but they are still very articulate. Terrific guitar – thank you!
Hi Larry, I wanted to give you some feedback on the custom Big Dog, it’s been a while since it arrived, but I wanted to really get to know it and what it could do before I gave you a report. It got here fine and plays beautifully right out of the box, lovely set up. I really like the slightly bigger than ’59 neck you did for me, that works very well for me. At about 6 lbs, it’s very lightweight, very comfortable. It has a surprising acoustic volume, you can really feel it as you strum, not many electrics can do that – I suppose that comes partly from the sound chambering, partly from the very thin finish, and partly from quality hardware, but it’s very impressive. Plugged in, it does the humbucker Les Paul thing beautifully, and I love the out-of-phase tone. Split the bridge coil and it does a pretty good impression of a Tele bridge pickup, and with both pickups split and the out-of-phase on, it does a really usable version of the Strat bridge/middle combination I like so much. In fact does pretty much everything you could want a 6 string electric to do, all in one guitar.
Hi Larry Just touching base, and testifying to the considerable power of Little Dog #13. To all those potential Corsa guitar buyers out there, all i can say is this: any guitar that helps you to inherently critique and re-evaluate your playing style is truly a gift. This is notable because i am lucky enough to own a guitar that really can’t be equaled. Sorry Larry! So any other guitar gets rated against that standard. Forget about “playing”. Little Dog #13 plays very well, but what’s even better is that it gives me songs. Songs have the potential to pay the rent. To me that is a the real measure of any guitar. If your guitar(s) isn’t giving you songs, well, it’s gotta go! So yeah, a Little Dog represents rock solid value to those who understand some sonic fundamentals: one piece body, one piece neck, good hardware, and a well matched pickup. Non-coffin finish. I had to save and scrimp for mine. In so many ways it’s already paid for itself. It’s now my daily player and it’s really special. Yep!
WOW. WOW. and WOW again. The guitar arrived safe and sound. 5 strings in tune and 1 really close. Beautiful. Feather light. But why tell you? You know. It sounds WONDERFUL. And feels better. I’m not a tall person and have fairly small hands. This guitar fits me. Getting vibrato on the upper frets is easy – and with the tonal control and options – not only the Peter Green tones are available, but the fluty Clapton tones I’m partial to. The textures, sustain and everything I hoped for is there. Tonally – with all those variations – it reminds me of not just excellent LPs and LP Jrs., but covers the wide ground of my 12 pound 1969 low impedance LP Professional – the most versatile guitar I’ve ever seen, but playable only if you preemptively wear a back brace. The push-pull switching options are genius and work better than any coil splitting I’ve played. (Eat your heart out PRS.) I haven’t tried it yet with anything other than a little Pro Jr. and reverb. Can’t wait to play it out — probably at a jam session on Sunday and a gig next Friday. Thank you Larry. We’ll be communicating again.
Dear Larry—- All I can say is: WOW! WOW! WOW! Sorry it took this long after I received Little Dog 002 to respond but have been playing non stop, as this thing turns your sandwich into a rock and roll banquet. The 50’s neck is perfect for my hands and the Faber parts help give her a bell like quality. It is a tonal monster. And with teeth too, yet completely simple and easy to achieve a rich variety of tones. Just perfect. I had owned many a vintage guitar back in the day when they weren’t ‘vintage’ but simply ‘used’, and it blows all of them out of the water. Had been thinking I start saving for a Manalishi carved top, but given how fine the Little Dog is, I’m not so sure I need one! One thing for certain is my ’94 Standard LP is going up for sale! Thanks so much again and all blessings to you,
Hi Larry, I played the LD with my Friedman Phil X halfstack this morning. Great tone, better than my Gibson R8. The cocked wah Sound is awesome. Never heard such a Sound before. Its the most versatile 1 pickup guitar I have played in over 45 years. Your new models are looking cool.
Larry This guitar is overwhelming ruthless. There’s nothing even close regardless of price. This guitar is so bad ass I don’t even know what to say about it. I absolutely love it man. So glad I got this thing. Everything about it is correct. The sonic capability and clarity of tone is phenomenal and does everything you claim it to do. Unreal! I’m seriously considering getting the P90 also…Thank you for a kick ass guitar Larry, I would not consider anything else.
Larry, I’ve had the Little Dog for about two weeks now and just wanted to let you know that I’m really enjoying it. Great concept and execution!
Hi Larry, I hope you are doing well. Just checking in to let you know that little dog did great while I was away from home at training. I mainly played unplugged, and it sounds phenomenal for an electric. I am very glad I went with the 59 carve on the neck and love the feel of the finish. I am just now getting to play it on my home rig, and it is a ton of fun to play. I even like the clean tones I am getting, which surprises me a little bit because I usually prefer a neck pickup for that. I can make this sound like my esquire if I want too.
Hi Larry, I recently bought 022 from a seller on Reverb. I wanted to let you know it is an incredible guitar. I am blown away by how light it is. The electronics are amazingly flexible and responsive. Will there be another run soon?
Hey Larry Got the LD today and got to open it and play it. I love it. First of all, it looks extremely cool. Love the feel of the open pore wood and the ebony neck is nice and smooth. The 59' profile neck is comfortable. I have not been able to plug in yet, but i have to say, unplugged, the guitar sounds like an acoustic. It resonates so well. Thank you again for the great customer care, communication and completion/delivery as promised. Also, glad you went with the bridge that you felt sounds best on this build.