Jazz Guitar Beauty: Warren Greig’s 2005 Martin CF-1 Archtop

Warren Greig Is a Canadian Jazz Guitarist and composer based in Toronto, Canada and Cianciana, Sicily. His most recent CD Terminus Station was released in 2020 and features the compositions of Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield and Pat Metheny. Give a listen at warrengreigmusic.hearnow.com

Jazz Guitar Life would like to thank Jazz Guitarist Warren Greig for sharing his beautiful arch-top with us all! Enjoy πŸ™‚


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This guitar was designed by Dale Unger in 2005 for Martin Guitars and I purchased this model in 2006. It has a laminate spruce top and ebony fingerboard, bridge. Body size at lower bout: 17″ Body Depth: 3″Scale length: 25″ Nut: 1 3/4″

The single pickup is floating Kent Armstrong humbucker. There is no tone knob but the pickup is quite bright and the guitar works best with a midrange type amp. Playing wise it has an almost pianist quality in that all the notes ring true and there are no dead spots. 


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  1. I’ve known Warren Greig for about 10 years. I’m so glad to see that he’s beginning to receive some of the recognition he deserves for his excellent playing and teaching. I hope that any guitarist reading this will look further into Warren’s playing (he’s got a great many YouTube videos to pore through,) and buy his most recent CD, link below). (http://www.thejazzguitarlife.com/2021/03/04/warren-greig-warren-greig-trio-jazz-guitar-life-cd-review/) By all means, consult with him if you want to further your jazz education.

    Warren has been incredibly kind to me and has taught me more about jazz than anyone else in my 71 years. I’ve been a studio guitarist for 50 years and have been required to play many styles of music with considerable authority. I have to say that my jazz playing is not on par with other styles I play. But thanks to Warren, I’ve come closer to being the kind of player I always wanted to be.

    Warren has an extensive knowledge of music – all kinds of music from classical through jazz and everything else in between. But when it comes to jazz guitar, he’s the Library of Congress and can play like all of his influences but has forged his own inimitable style. I would highly recommend that anyone seeking Skype-type lessons in jazz guitar contact Warren, as I did.

    No matter what kind of guitar he plays – a beautiful archtop like the Martin in this article (he’s got a lovely archtop collection) or a Tele (another collection) – he coaxes the sweetest tones and is perfectly at home on all of them. And he’s one heck of a nice guy!

    • Hi Rick and thanks for the wonderful comment. I fully agree with what you say about Warren and will direct him to your comment πŸ™‚

      Thanks again and take care.

      Lyle – Jazz Guitar Life

  2. I’m so glad to see Warren Greig here on Guitar Life. I’ve known him for almost 10 years and he’s been an incredible help to me and enhanced my jazz playing considerably. We’ve been video-calling each other and each time I take a lesson from him, I know so much more than before the call. He teaches me enough in one lesson to keep me busy for months. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz lines and harmony which he shares in lessons that are concise and packed with more knowledge than any teacher I’ve ever studied under.

    Warren is almost generous to a fault and teaches with his own method. He’s spent more hours than anyone I’ve ever known compiling his fingerboard knowledge. I was a Nashville session guitarist for 18 years which demands a command of many styles of music. My weakest style was jazz and I wish I could do a “do-over” after my ten years studying under Warren Greig. I highly recommend him as a performer and a teacher to anyone looking to play jazz with confidence and flair.

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