Gee Layered Top Guitar

Gee Layered Top Guitar

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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

 

 

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

 

Specification

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.

Dimensions

Scale Length

660mm

F/board Width

53mm

Upper Bout

284mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

100mm