So glad you like the new material! We’ve got a lot more in the works, too, in addition to the falsetas. And if you have any requests just let us know!
As for my new guitar, it’s actually a 2a, which means that Evan was quite involved in the building of it. He’s an extremely talented young maker. One of my students bought the 2nd guitar he ever made and I would never have guessed it had been made by such a young and inexperienced luthier. His current work is even better, of course. I do have one of Stephen's 1a guitars as well.
As for the scoop, it’s great! I hate cutaways for some reason. Always have. But I need it sometimes when teaching my students at the university (mostly jazzy stuff when they play electric), so when I saw the scoop I decided to go for it and I’m very pleased. It feels like a ‘normal’ guitar but then there’s that extra room for the left hand when you need it. And I don’t see that it’s impacted the guitar in any negative way at all. I say go for it!
Also, I'd love to talk to your teacher and get his point of view as someone who is teaching out of the book. We've had some really good feedback already, but more is always appreciated. If you feel comfortable doing so, maybe you could send me a private email ([email protected]) with his info?