Francisco Domingo FG-16
I play a Francisco Domingo FG-16. I love this guitar. I think it’s of outstanding value. I remember the day I bought it from Brookside Guitars. I went into the shop, and asked the owner, Fed, if he had any Yamaha beginners’ models. He said something like, “yes, everyone used to start with a Yamaha, but I’d like to show you these Domingo guitars I just got in. I have been very impressed with the sound.” He proceeded to show me two FG-16s he had in stock. I, too, thought the sound was beautiful. At one point, he even brought out his custom classical, which had cost him over $4k, and while I admit the custom did sound slightly richer, I could not believe the beautiful sound coming from the Domingo guitars with a sub $300 price tag. I bought the one I liked better.
After a year or so, I decided to have a local guitar repair man, Keith George, who Fed recommended, install a new saddle. I wanted the action slightly higher. It turned out that Keith carves his own saddles from cattle bone he collects from the fields around his house! I thought that was kind of cool. The new saddle brought a louder, brighter, and more booming sound, so needless to say I was very pleased.
In time, the guitar was christened “Maria,” for reasons I will not explain.