In his career as a luthier Lance McCollum built about 250 guitars, and owners of his instruments include Grammy-winners and Winfield champions. This Grand Auditorium is a big guitar - 16" across the lower bout where it is also 5" deep - but it's comfortable to play. Built in 2003 with back and sides of strikingly beautiful walnut, and with an Italian spruce top, this guitar excels in several areas. First, the sustain seems endless. These notes don't die and the warmth projected by the sustain unifies the timbres across the bass and treble notes. So it's a big, gentle voice you hear - but there is power underlying its projection. Also, there is an added roundness to the leading edge of the bass notes when played - the attack is never brittle or harsh. The guitar has koa binding and the five-piece mahogany/walnut neck is also bound in koa. Finally, there is a B-Band pick-up installed to give you and your audience an accurate sense of the guitar's tone when amplified - those fat trebles come through in any case, but you can use this as a concert instrument - it's quality is certainly that high.