I recently bought one of Patrick Burke`s lattice guitars. Itīs a cedar top with sides and back made of walnut.
I really like the power of that instrument and itīs separation of voices, which makes it very suitable for polyphonic music. Playing pieces of Bach, Scarlatti as well as brilliant works of Giuliani sound amazing on that guitar.
I feel free musically with my new instrument and it gets me inspired to practice even more than I used to.
Estethically itīs a beautiful guitar and I can certainly recommend "classical" guitarists to try one and find out just how good these instruments really are!
Nicklas Lundberg : Musician and guitarteacher, Stockholm, Sweden
You are probably wondering how the guitar is standing up to this freak weather: it has shown no reaction at all and appears to have settled down very well in the African climate. It is lovely to play on an instrument whose treble register allows the melody to sing out beautifully above the accompaniment.
Peter Tennant, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Talay is absolutely delighted with the look and sound of her guitar and is looking forward to taking it to play at her next lesson. There's also a busking session at school next week in aid of charity, so she'll be playing then, a perfect chance to show off the new and very beautiful hand crafted guitar!
Ioanna Namintraporn, Ottershaw, Surrey, England.
Patrick's abundance of technical knowledge and overall good taste allows him to craft guitars of the highest standard. All his instruments possess great clarity of sound among each fret of the guitar, even towards the higher registered notes. My spruced-top lattice braced model is everything I could have asked for in a guitar. From the beautiful original rosette, and overall appearance, to the sheer warmth in tone, I am completely happy with the guitar Patrick has made.
John Greaney, Maynooth, Ireland
Patrick Burkes guitars are wonderfully crafted and reveal the
attention to detail which he has always displayed as a performer.
They are powerful instruments with a warm, clear tone and well
balanced throughout the range.
Ireland's leading guitar player and teacher, John Feeley
Possessing everything you need in a concert instrument, Patrick’s
guitars have a huge sound, beautiful balance and are always finished
with such care and originality. I have used my 2003 lattice braced
model guitar to play competitions, solo recitals and for ensemble
purposes. When playing ensemble music I noticed just how much
power Patrick’s instruments possess, especially when used
with string quartets or other similar chamber groups. Patrick’s
guitars are also very much at home in the studio as they are they
are on the stage. Recently I used it to record a new work by Brazilian
composer Victor Lazzarini for guitar and live electronics, which
is featured on the latest CMC (Contemporary Music Centre) of Ireland
CD. Paddy has so many great personal qualities that he brings
to his guitars, his years of performing, teaching, travelling
and above all his patience in construction make his guitars always
unique, always musical and extremely satisfying to play.
Brendan Walsh, B.A. Int, M. Mus. Performance, Dublin, Ireland
"I feel very honoured to own an instrument as beautiful
as Viveka. Patrick's craftsmanship is superlative; his technical
mastery as a luthier is complemented and enhanced by his mastery
of the guitar itself. Viveka's tone is lush and resonant, every
note is laden with harmonic richness and she is as musically rewarding
at a whisper as at a roar - the volume and projection are truly
breathtaking. Patrick's guitars ought to cost many times what
he charges; I can't recommend strongly enough that you play one
and find out for yourself."
Trevor Datson, Woking, Surrey, England
It was what, eleven years ago that you and Josh came by and played
your concert at church? That is when my wife, Jeanne, bought your
precious "Black Arrow.
Since that time, that amazing instrument has been my cherished
The cedar top still sings. It is the one instrument that I love
to sit with and play as I try to regroup after one of our hectic
days at church.
In my 38 years of owning and playing Martin, Gibson and even my
first Fender, Black Arrow brings me the most peace and solace
when it is just me and my guitar and my music.
God bless you for your craftsmanship and your loving hands.
Yours in the love of God and the love of music,
Jimbo Clark, North Palm Beach, Florida
I am a pianist and not a guitarist, but I have been able to reap
the benefits of Patrick's skill and artistry for many years, as
I have had the joy of hearing the magnificent tones of "Black
Arrow." It increases in richness and depth as it ages. I
will forever be thankful to Patrick Burke for the gift he has
given us in this amazing classical guitar.
Patrick and his son Joshua prepare for their concert at Hilton
Head, South Carolina