Without a doubt, the best guitars are being built today. Today's finest craftsmen have a greater understanding of luthierie, benefit from decades of innovation, and have access to improved tooling. Additionally, they utilize higher quality, more consistent, and a wider variety of components and materials. The finest examples of today's guitars will only get better with age.
+Corporate < Boutique
The large manufacturer business model requires fast build cycles and cheap build costs, which necessitates a sacrifice in good build quality. Remember the adage, "fast, cheap, and good: pick any two"? The small builder is uniquely able to develop fresh concepts in to exceptional guitars because they enjoy longer turnaround times and/or less overhead.