English Guitars

English Guitars

English guitar luthiers have been renowned the World over for as long as I can remember and have built reputations for performance, musicality, playability and a constant drive to deliver the best in our instrument.

Currently in England there are many people building guitars and amongst this number you will find names such as Ambridge, Aram, Barton, Dean, Gee, these Luthiers have built World wide reputations and have helped to develop the guitar as we know it.

Amongst younger makers there is a lot of good work being carried out and to represent all would be impossible therefore Stafford Guitar has selected just a few who we feel you will enjoy; Ainsworth, Hall, Williams are makers whose love for the instrument shines through their work.

The magic of the classical guitar is more than just a beautifully designed piece of artwork it is an instrument capable of communicating all the emotion and expression written into the music by the composer.

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English Guitars

ainsworth1flarosette

Ainsworth Spruce Guitar

John Ainsworth

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This is a very ‘immediate’ guitar with a voice that sings out clearly and easily from your fingertips, open and well rounded tone with a character that I think is quite vivacious, and colours at the brighter end of the spectrum – deep reds to ‘spicy’ oranges.

The clean and clear tone is key to the character, and, combined with the quick response and firm feel, she makes voicing relatively easy for her player, giving plenty of attack and intensity when asked for and reacting to fuller strokes with a lovely body and depth.

In Birds Flew Over the Spire by Gary Ryan, the balance across the strings gave me great separation within the overall campanella resonance allowing me to bring the voices in and out easily while also enjoying the warm blended background sound.

The control that the guitar gives is reassuring for the player and builds confidence as you start to realize what you can achieve.

I could hear the potential here, the developing voice as you play and push the guitar, always the most difficult thing with a new spruce top guitar. Here the evidence for me is in the open, but controlled treble strings with their glossy and polished tone, and in the firm and full bodied bass voice, as well as in the bright and lively character which will fill and develop but always retain its sparkle and life.

In the Villa Lobos Preludes (which I love again!) the definition enabled me to hear and highlight all the details and to develop the texture in the fast arpeggios while enjoyed smooth and sustained tone across the long melodic phrases. The guitar also encourages you to bring out the drama in the music, which is of course the whole point! I particularly liked the powerful chords in no.3 and the free singing treble in the falling melodies.

In Day in November by Brouwer I loved the control of tone that I could achieve with an excellent range of colour, smooth transitions and definition between melody and accompaniment.

I finished with Milonga by Cardoso, a piece that highlights the strengths of this guitar; control and definition, concentration of tone that has a great impact when bringing out the syncopated rhythms, vitality of character and a full, colourful and vibrant voice.

I really enjoyed playing this guitar and think that she is at the start of an exciting journey, one that will be fulfilling for her new owner, helping to develop their musicianship and enjoyment of the classical guitar.

Selina.

 


Design

2017 Fan Strut.

Table.

70yr Old Swiss Pine.

Back and Sides.

2 piece back constructed from the finest Indian rosewood beautifully bookmatched as can be seen in the photographs.

Rosette.

Spalted Beech, Individually designed, no two rosettes are the same.

Neck.

Mahogany

Machine Heads.

Gotoh 35G1600.

Finish.

Danish Oil front with French polish back and sides.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

53mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

370mm

Body Depth

100mm

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ambridgerosette

Ambridge Concert Model

Simon Ambridge

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On first playing this guitar is immediately free and open with an obviously strong and clear voice and wonderful projection of sound without effort for the player.

It also quickly becomes clear that she is an easy guitar to play, in tone production but especially for the left hand giving the player more freedom and spare energy to concentrate on other aspects of playing.

The treble voice is spirited and engaging with a rounded and glossy tone, beautiful sustain and consistency, and quite a sparkle. The response under your fingers is direct and clean and in Canarios by Sanz I found the dance and excitement in the music, always keeping clarity through the quick flow of notes.

The bass is vibrant with plenty of punch and lovely distinct notes. I particularly enjoyed Nocturne by Mertz where there is a bass melody under repeated chords.

Playing on this guitar the melody really stood out over a wide range and highlighted the lovely crunchy clashes of melody and harmony.

As I played I found the overall sound very easy to manipulate and also became noticeably more expansive. As I said there is a lot of sound but it is not big and heavy, rather feeling quite light, distinct and direct, pushing the voice forward with lots of detail, texture and colour.

I had great fun with Capricho Arabe with the contrasts between rich and vibrant harmony, sweet and rousing melodic lines, and a big dynamic range combining to add real drama to the music.

The ease and freedom of tone and playability here really encourage her player to experiment with and develop musicianship. You do not have to be an expert player to get these results and it is great to be able to hear the evolving sound of a concert guitar.

This guitar has a secure, substantial and consistent base of sound from which to start your musical adventure, with a character highlighting zest and sparkle while always maintaining ample, well rounded and firm tone. Great fun!

Selina

 


Table

Fine grained European Spruce.

Rosette

Fine detailing with contrasting browns and blacks to setting up the visual mood of this guitar. Current photograph does not do this justice.

Back and Sides.

2 piece dark grain Indian Rosewood with centre line.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

51mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

368mm

Body Depth

95mm

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Aram Spruce Guitar

Kevin Aram

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First of all I have to say that this is a gorgeous instrument to look at using beautiful woods and with an immaculate finish.

More importantly she also has a gorgeous voice. The tone is pure, direct and musical, at first seemingly unadorned, simply honest, smooth and rounded notes. By ‘honest’ I mean that what you play is what you get! It is as if the guitar is giving you a blank canvas consisting of a mellow, distinctive and concentrated voice that is open for you speak through the guitar and make the sound your own.

 

I loved the fact that I could hear her waking up and blossoming almost with every note. In Birds flew over the Spire I enjoyed using the natural warmth and sweetness in her voice to create the atmosphere and make the most of the ‘campanella’ effects. The treble is beautiful with great clarity and definition combined with very smooth, rounded ‘edges’ giving lovely blended harmonies.

The longer I played the more aware I was of the strength and depth in the guitar.

In Nocturne by Mertz the purity and evenness of tone combined with the direct projection and finger tip control gave me the texture and subtle shaping that I asked for.

In Cardoso’s Milonga I was surprised with the dynamic range available. As long as I kept pushing she kept giving, strength and body coming to the fore. Here the intense and concentrated bass sound really came into its own, filling and supporting the overall voice.

Next I played the whole of the first Cello Suite by Bach and loved the control and depth of tone. This means that the guitar could cope with sustaining the long melodic lines with fantastic definition and balance across her range.

It was great to hear the different responses that I could achieve across contrasting movements from smooth and fluid ebb and flow in the Prelude, to energy and impact in the Courante, and rich velvet harmonies in the Sarabande.

I then had another ‘wow’ moment when I tuned to D and could bring out texture and majesty in Passacaglia by Weiss, and compelling, rich and deep colour in Capricho Catalan.

You may think that this review is slightly over the top but I think the guitar is simply great and am excited about it!

She is not a guitar that will do the job for you with a big resonance or immediately loud and bright voice. Her player will have to work to develop her voice but it will not be a hard job. The response is immediate, rewarding and enjoyable.

She is a quietly confident guitar with a beautiful, distinctive and traditional voice ready to convey your musical ideas and emotions.

Selina

 


Table

Spruce

Rosette

Finely crafted pieces of Walnut and Sycamore.

Back and Sides.

2 piece back constructed from the finest Indian rosewood beautifully balanced aesthetically with a fine centre line.

Head facing & Bridge.

Indian Rosewood.

Body bindings.

English Yew.

Machine Heads.

Gotoh

Finish.

Hand applied oil delivering visual depth to the wood.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

51mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

360mm

Body Depth

90mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aram Torres Guitar

Kevin Aram

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This guitar is absolutely stunning in appearance with wonderful contrasts between almost black back and sides, honey coloured sycamore insert and a gorgeous spruce top, all tied together in the colours of the rosette and quality of finish that is second to none.

I was immediately captivated by the quality of her voice, a very distinctive and natural tone that has a strong traditional feel but with what I would describe as an ‘inner strength’ that gives her player something special to work with – difficult to put into words but hopefully you will see what I mean by the end of this review!

Her voice is beautifully smooth and fluid with full and silky trebles that sing true and clear, supported by an intense and focussed bass. Every note has depth and substance, a concentrated sound that is, together, firm and strong, honeyed, rounded and shapely.

Over the period of a few days I have heard her voice blossoming and opening out to the point where I have been slightly taken aback with the amount of sound and projection that I was able to push for with always a feeling of greater potential. Her voice is very even and balanced across the strings but I think the most important thing here is the pure depth of tone that gives support and great consistency across the whole range of pitch.

I really loved playing Abendlied by Mertz where I could separate and define the parts easily while still achieving lovely blending and shaping of harmony. I do enjoy the challenge of this piece, namely the sextuplet accompaniment in the middle voice of the guitar. The very quick, pure and direct response of this guitar meant that my right hand (not the quickest) could easily get the speed and articulation required to make this work and I was able to listen to and enjoy the contrast of the singing upper melody and the detailed accompaniment, highlighting the character and texture in the music.

In Standchen by Mertz she excelled with the clarity and delicacy in the piece with beautiful high melodies, blended thirds and sixths, a free sense to the rhythms of quavers against triplets and magnificent drive and sustain through the bass line both in melody and harmonic support. One more very noticeable feature, particularly in these pieces by Mertz was the ease of rolling and strumming chords. This may sound like a strange point to make but it makes the shaping of the chords, and also fitting them in to the flow of the music, so much more successful!

I realise that I need some contrast to Mertz in my reviews (!) and I really enjoyed experimenting with Lauro waltzes and bringing out a vibrancy in her treble voice that gave light and brilliance to the music while retaining body and warmth overall.

I have recently started to learn the Folias Variations by Ponce, a bit of a lifetime ambition. With this guitar I loved experimenting with the drama and colouring in the music, achieving lovely dark and rich tone colours and getting so much projection and intensity that you just want to keep playing and playing.

Finally the Tarantella (yes, back to Mertz) where clarity of articulation, substance and direction in the bass and fingertip control of tone quality and dynamics all came together to give me a fantastic rhythmic drive and compelling musical flow.

This guitar has a beautiful, pure, natural tone, in essence a ‘simple’ sound that is immediately responsive and gorgeous but can also be taken where you want to go, giving you consistently great sound and room for experimentation and exploration.

Selina. 

 


Table

European Spruce

Rosette

Finely crafted - Walnut, Pear, Mahogany and Maple.

Back and Sides.

African Blackwood and Sycamore.

Head facing.

African Blackwood and Sycamore.

Bridge.

Striped New Guinea Ebony.

Body bindings.

English Yew.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

Hand applied oil delivering visual depth to the wood.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

354mm

Body Depth

90mm

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Barton Spruce Guitar

Peter Barton

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First of all I have to be a bit ‘girly’ and say how much I love the look of this guitar. She has a wonderful contrast between lovely dark rosewood, not flashy but with deep, subtle markings and a beautiful light spruce top, with the back and sides being echoed in the signature rosette where the darker wood is almost black. Very striking, which is also a good place to start with a description of the sound!

As I started to play I realised that this is a very ‘honest’ guitar with focussed, balanced and even tone across the range, clear and strong projection and a firm feel indicating great potential. This was all immediately evident in the Carcassi studies that I started with, particularly op.60, no.1 which could be described as a ‘scale’ study. There is a constant line of running quavers in scale and arpeggio form and the guitar gave me a beautifully even and seamless melody across the range of the fingerboard allowing clear shaping and phrasing.

I could actually use only one piece to sum up the guitar. When you know a piece inside out and love the music you have a very strong idea of how you want it to sound.

With Standchen by Mertz (my new absolute favourite) this guitar allowed me to shape the music freely with my thoughts easily conveyed through my fingers. Most importantly the control is wonderful, with definition bringing out every small detail and concentrated, full tone highlighting the conversations in the piece between treble and bass, the tricky nature of the treble echoing the bass, easily overcome here.

The word that keeps coming to mind is ‘calm’. This may be a reflection of how I felt in playing. She is a focussed and confident instrument, no ‘unexpected’ sounds and already very responsive with seemingly perfect clarity. I enjoyed experimenting with tone colours in this piece with lovely dolce pp contrasting with sharp and tangy brightness in the treble, and fantastic, fruity bass driving the harmony and then effortless contrast to full, mellow depth when asked for.

In contrast she gave me zest, sparkle and great rhythmical drive in Mertz’s Tarantella. Crystal clear articulation highlighted the texture created by rhythms, with fluid and projected melodies in the inner register projecting smoothly from within octaves and easy left hand action giving me uninhibited slurs, ornaments and glissandi. She is very quick to respond to the right hand, which means that the very fast tempo here does not sound hurried – just exciting!

Musical lines are so enjoyable to play on this instrument. The consistency of response and of tone quality means that you can be confident in your sound, which leads to more relaxed playing and technique as well as being able to hear more and find more in the music.

I have just started to learn Variations sur “Folia de España” et Fugue by Ponce. This is what I call a ‘huge’ piece, not only in its length and complex fingering but in its depth of harmony and expression. It particularly exploits the bass voice of the guitar and the Barton loves this with amazing ‘growl’ and sonority, deep intense and rich bass notes, always defined. She highlighted the wonderful dissonances and dramatic ‘dark’ nature of the harmony creating colours and textures that let the music come to life, as well as bringing out smooth, glowing upper melodies that seamlessly move you from dark to light and warmth.

As you can probably tell, I loved this guitar! Control and consistency of sound is at the root of it, a responsive, confident and focussed voice that encourages shaping of the music, and is already giving an expansive ‘palette’ of tone and colour.

Definitely a guitar through which I can fully express myself.

An exciting journey ahead for guitar and new owner.  

Selina's Review to be posted.

 


Table

Alpine Spruce.

Design

Fan Strut based on a Hauser design.

Rosette.

Beautifully designed from ebony, maple, satinwood and mahogany.

Back and Sides.

Finest 30 year old Brazilian Rosewood beautifully book matched Cites included.

Head Facing.

Finest 30 year old Brazilian Rosewood.

Bridge.

Finest 30 year old Brazilian Rosewood with twin hole string tie.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox Pro II

Images

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Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

278mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

95mm

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Dean Spruce Guitar

Christopher Dean

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From the very first note this guitar has a great impact, immediately easy to play with compelling, full bodied notes and a real sense of energy and substance.

The treble has a ‘glossy’ character with colours ranging from very deep reds to zesty oranges, in other words a sound with fantastic clarity and balance for brightness and punch combined with intensity, breadth and support for warmth and a more velvet sound.

The bass is simply everything that you would wish for, with wonderful depth and drive produced by direct and focused tone – overall both engaging and exhilarating!

When playing Milonga I loved the clarity and detail within the arpeggios that helped to highlight the clashing harmonies, syncopation and musical expression. The full and rounded brilliance of the treble was much in evidence and choosing lines and individual notes to bring forward seemed effortless.

She really has masses of sound to project, put your foot on the pedal and she keeps giving, even at this early stage.

In Bach’s Cello Suite no.1 I had all the control necessary for the detail and delicacy that I require and so achieved a lovely light and flowing tone, balanced and even notes across the strings and easy shaping of the long phrases and multiple lines. I could hear the treble voice ‘filling’ as I played, building resonance, sustain and support and clearly demonstrating it’s huge potential.

Lough Caragh by Gary Ryan is a beautiful and atmospheric piece of music and so an excellent test for a guitar! This guitar rose to the challenge giving me rich, smooth and velvet bass notes, a voice for the listener to get lost in, and a graceful and engaging treble sound that easily maintained quality and emotional response as the music moved around the fingerboard.

It was easy to clearly project the voices through the ‘campanella’ resonance showing me that the sound has a true essence and the lovely combination of focused sound and a warm, rich overall voice.

The first word that I used in the description of this guitar was impact. By this I meant the presence and impression of her sound being unavoidable. She is an emotional and musical guitar and so far I have used that sort of music to review the sound so I wanted to finish with the outgoing side to her character.

Fantasie on Themes from La Traviata by Tarrega is a fantastic piece that leaps from one emotion to the next, rich to sparkling, charming to thrilling, vivid and ‘showy’ to wistful and reflective. Through this guitar I managed all of this with ease. The trebles can be vivid and brilliant with plenty of attack with one stroke and then immediate soft and gentle with a creamy full voice. The bass is wonderful especially with the D tuning and gave me drive and punch one minute and body and sonority the next. Great fun!

In reading this review back I have realized that I could sum things up pretty quickly.

She has a big and beautiful voice that is emotional and overall colourful, giving you the chance to express all of your musical emotions with all the control and support that you need.

Selina.

 


Table

Spruce.

Rosette.

Inlay detailed and beautifully crafted in darker coloured woods.

Back and Sides.

2 piece back constructed from the finest Indian rosewood beautifully bookmatched as can be seen in the photographs.

Head facing & Bridge.

Indian Rosewood.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

French Polish with a mirror like finish.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

Raised 51mm

Upper Bout

277mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

95mm

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Gee Layered Top Guitar

Michael Gee

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When I first set eyes on this guitar I loved her ‘look’, with a beautiful top in a matt finish that allows the cross grain to glow and a hand crafted rosette that perfectly compliments the wood in warm, muted tones.

My initial ‘visual’ excitement was soon eclipsed as I started to play and discovered a full-bodied sound that is rich, resonant and intense. Her character is majestic and compelling with strong and fluid tone, direct projection, and big, focused individual notes that maintain their quality and shape at all dynamic levels. The notes are beautifully even across the board, a real sign of quality in a brand new spruce guitar, and so responsive that the guitar is immediately easy to play and to control.

However the really exciting thing about this guitar is that on top of her substance and ‘magnitude’ (and I really mean that!) she has a playful side, a clarity of tone that is full of colour and emotion and that encourages the player to experiment with different sounds, to make more use of contrasts in dynamics and textures and to find so much more in their music.

The basses are vibrant and full-bodied with great depth and support behind the notes as well as plenty of ‘grunt’ and attack when you need it. I really enjoyed playing Villa Lobos prelude no.1 and finding gorgeous, velvet depth in the bass melody producing a ‘liquid’ sustain that gave me long, sonorous and shapely phrases.

The guitar is very easy to play for both hands but also has a firmness that enables you to be very subtle in tonal changes and to have a feeling of complete control. This is particularly evident in the treble voice that ranges from smooth and silky to sparkling and radiant, crisp and distinct to sweet and honeyed.

In Villa Lobos Prelude no.4 I loved the contrast I could get between the bass melody and open chord accompaniment. This can be difficult to control but with this guitar I could achieve the striking ‘sharp’ clarity that I want in the chords with perfect clarity within the chord, precise rhythm and so quiet yet clearly projected. That is what I call texture!

As I played Bach’s Prelude BWV 999 the evenness and control of the guitar came to the fore with engaging and compelling musical momentum created purely by the ability to hear every detail within the flowing arpeggios. This allows the harmonies to shape the music as intended and you can enjoy and enhance the journey. Add to this the strong and focused bass notes driving the music and I had a match made in heaven. At this stage of my review I could really hear the guitar blossoming and hinting at the power still to come.

In Abendleid by Mertz (one of his Bardenklange) the opening section is a melody with every note supported by a chord, which is tricky. The chord voicing on this guitar is beautifully balanced so I could sustain the melodic line without difficulty while hearing the details within each chord that give the music direction. The resulting full sound is quite stunning with a clear sense of counterpoint. The main body of this piece is a melody accompanied by sextuplet semiquavers that need to be quick and clear but also quiet. The guitar responded beautifully to these requests! The notes are so quickly projected from the right hand fingers that your technique becomes more relaxed, and I could achieve a distinct sound that highlighted the texture of the rhythm while giving me lovely ‘whispering’ and fluid notes.

At this point I managed to drag myself away from the ‘indulgent’ slow music and had great fun playing through on of my new pieces Tarantella by Tedesco. Character was the highlight here with sparkling and brilliant trebles supported by rich and fruity basses. The easy articulation and projection gives the music real zest and vitality with lovely clear rhythmic flow and fantastic control of sound and through long crescendos and diminuendos. I particularly enjoyed playing around with different tonal colours in the contrasting section of the piece.

My final piece and definite highlight was Standchen by Mertz, one of his Schubert song arrangements. Here the guitar showed her strength in depth of tone and colour. The music is contrapuntal with melody changing freely between registers, beautiful full and emotional harmonies and a real need for long, smooth and sustained phrases. She gave me a wonderful feeling of control across the range of the fingerboard and the clarity to bring out and contrast the various musical lines while maintaining all round, rich and mellow resonance and that lovely feeling of being able to sink into the music.

This is a great guitar with masses of potential. She has a beautiful voice that will mold to and develop with her player on what will be a fantastic musical journey.

Despite the length of this review I can sum it up in one short statement - "I can speak through this guitar."
Selina

 


Table

Lutz Spruce Layerd Top design.

Rosette

Arrow design with new colouring.

Back and Sides

Finest Indian Rosewood.

Head facing

Indian Rosewood.

Bridge

Indian Rosewood.

Machine Heads

Rodgers - Gee design

Finish

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox Pro GCL-L.


Scale Length

660mm

F/board Width

53mm

Upper Bout

284mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

100mm

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Gee Torres Inspired

Michael Gee

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This is a wonderful little guitar; little that is in physical size but with a striking presence and a distinctive and musical personality. Her tone is sweet and pure, a warm character with intense, engaging trebles and a gorgeous bass voice that is full bodied and radiant giving fantastic support and depth to the overall voice.

As I played I discovered that she is not a guitar to be pushed and played ‘hard’, but rather, enjoys encouragement and coaxing.

This review in fact was a good reminder for me that we need to learn ‘how’ to play a new guitar to get the best response and sound, and every guitar is different. With encouragement her voice grew in depth and focus as I played and with each piece I discovered new details of colour and tone that got me quite excited!

As a maple Torres instrument she has a special and unique voice designed for purity of tone, direct projection and balanced, ‘true’ singing notes. For the review I played mostly Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoire and really enjoyed great variety of tone perfect for bringing out the drama and emotion of the repertoire. For those of you who are familiar with my reviews (and so my likes) you will not be surprised to hear that I played a lot of Mertz!

In Abendlied the voicing was gorgeous with texture and definition in the accompaniment and lovely clarity and sustain in the upper melody, all supported wonderfully by strength and substance in the bass. Standchen, my absolute favourite at the moment, really had the wow factor. In some ways the sound is difficult to describe. Earlier I said ‘sweet’ though this does not mean that it lacks impact. Far from it. The notes are intense, a pure and concentrated sound that brings out the details, definition and texture in the music.

Her bass voice delivered deep, full bodied harmony and sustain allowing me to highlight the triplets of the melody moving against the steady quavers of the middle voice giving a great feeling of freedom in the counterpoint and also freedom of expression.

In contrast to Mertz, in Prelude BWV999 by Bach with its constantly moving semiquavers the clarity across the arpeggios was great, very easily to highlight the bass ‘melody’, and fantastic blending of sound that resulted in driving harmonic tension and movement throughout the piece.

Back to Mertz the Tarantella gave me a chance to try out speed and excitement and I was delighted with the precise articulation and response, clear and precise notes that build texture and rhythm as the music builds with lovely sparkle in the treble to exploit and it all becomes very exciting!

Finally to Tarrega - wonderful repertoire for this instrument. Rosita and Capricho Arabe highlighted all of her best features; natural and strong romantic character; a beautiful, ‘traditional’ singing voice, and warmth and richness of tone contained within pure and direct notes - all of which gives texture, drama and emotion.

For me that’s what its really all about.

Selina

 


Table

Spruce.

Rosette.

Gee Arrow design.

Back and Sides.

2 piece Maple back.

Head facing.

Rosewood.

Bridge.

Rosewood.

Machine Heads.

Pegheads.

Finish.

French Polish with a mirror like finish.

Case.

Hiscox-Pro-GCL.

Images

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Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

51mm

Upper Bout

27.5mm

Lower Bout

35.7mm

Body Depth

95mm

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Hall Spruce Guitar

John Hall

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The finish on this guitar is beautiful, notably a silky smooth neck perfect for thumb movement and relaxation.

I noted straight away the openness of the sound allowing easy projection and volume, a step up from John’s previous guitars. The trebles have a lovely clarity of tone and are very responsive, strong and warm in character with an underlying sweetness for your softer musical side!

The strings do have quite a tight feeling under the right hand fingers at the moment, indicating that she can be played strongly and that there is good potential for much development in her voice.

She does of course need playing in, and as I played I could feel and hear her voice growing in depth and breadth (a real highlight of my job!).

In 'Reflections' and 'By Candlelight' by Andrew York I found a glowing resonance with good dynamic control combined with inner detail and an overall smooth tone.

The treble E is developing a singing and polished tone bringing excellent preciseness to the articulation and rhythmic drive in Canarios by Sanz.

In the gorgeous El Noi de la Mare I could really sink into the bass voice, very strong in support of the soaring melody and growing in sonority as the guitar is put to work. After hearing this I went on to play Prelude no.1 by Villa Lobos and found a firm and lively bass voice, one that could shape this great bass melody and help to give it character.

In Rosita by Tarrega the separation of the voices was evident with the lively and radiant treble lines being supported and enhanced by full bodied harmony and depth in the bass, clarity and balance across the whole and plenty of detail.

This guitar has a journey ahead that is unknown but full of potential for a player who wants more detail, clarity and strength but has not got a lot of money to spend. She is certainly excellent value and in my opinion plays above her price tag.

Selina.

 


Table.

Alpine Spruce

Rosette.

Leaf design with contrasting purfling surrounding the soundboard.

Back & Sides.

Selected Indian rosewood skillfully crafted into a two piece back with a beautifly centre piece of maple.

Neck & Head

Spanish Cedar

Machine Heads.

Schaller.

Finish.

Hand applied oil

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

282mm

Lower Bout

364mm

Body Depth

100mm

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Williams Cedar Guitar

Roger Williams

Base price for variant: £3,000.00
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This guitar has an immediate, clean and clear response while maintaining a warm and full resonance that helps to give excellent body to the sound overall.

Her character is full of life with an easy tone and great evenness across the range of the strings and fingerboard. This was particularly evident as I played the E major Prelude by Bach where all the detail and texture was clear giving the music real energy and movement. The clear and fluid treble voice is supported by a firm, rich and vibrant bass with very good definition and depth.

In Rosita by Tarrega this highlighted the rhythmic drive and fun in the music beautifully, with the guitar already displaying a wide range of colour and dynamic and clearly opening out as I experimented with my musical ideas.

I particularly enjoyed playing the Lauro waltzes finding it easy to get the smooth fluid lines punctuated by shifting and syncopated rhythms. In this music the guitar showed her confidence, allowing the player to move around the fingerboard without worry, as the tone is secure, fluid and even, with excellent quality especially noticeable in the melodies above the 12th fret.

This guitar has a clear and distinctive voice, an overall firm and full sound that highlights detail and really brings out the vitality in the music, great evenness with a honeyed resonance in support enabling smooth and fluid lines and lovely detail in the harmonies and arpeggios.

In short great potential for a player wanting to make her sound their own.

Selina.

 


Table.

Western Red Cedar.

Rosette.

Hand inlaid "Bard of Gold".

Back & Sides.

East Indian Rosewood with centre insert of Quarter Sawn English Lacewood.

Neck & Head

South American Cedar.

Fingerboard.

Ebony.

Machine Heads.

Gotoh

Finish.

Shellac French Polish.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

95mm