A small bench luthier you should be aware of especially if you like blues-infused, barky, small bodied guitars.
Wide Sky Guitars built by the luthier, Patch Rubin, down in Taos, NM need to be on your #guitargeek radar. I happened upon one of his guitars one evening in the midst of a bourbon-infused YouTube session.
One of his models, the Wide Sky PL1, is a nod to the Gibson L1. If you have never seen a Gibson L1 look up the infamous picture of Robert Johnson… he is holding an L1. This guitar sounds tremendous, it’s barky, it’s distinct, it has great projection, and is very well composed with really nice note separation as well as articulation.
Although reminiscent of an old guitar it definitely has some modern improvements including a much thinner, more modern neck, and it is built like a flattop guitar but with a 15′ radius instead of the standard 28.’ I believe this is what gives the guitar such a distinct voice.
This is just one of Patch’s models, and certainly, one that you should check out. Quick disclaimer: my description of this model is based on my exposure to it through various videos on Youtube… I am still waiting to try one of these beauties out so I can more accurately describe it’s playability.