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.

Makers

Latest Models

English Guitars

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

 


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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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aramrosette

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

 


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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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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

williamscedarrosette

Williams Cedar Guitar

Roger Williams

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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.

 


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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

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

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.

Back and Sides.

Indian Rosewood.

Neck.

Mahogany

Tuning Pegs.

Schaller Gold Finish with Ebony buttons.

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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gee-guitar-2017-rosette

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 and 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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bartonrosette

Barton Spruce Guitar

Peter Barton

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First of all this is a really beautiful instrument to look at with gorgeous woods and an immaculate finish.

The first few notes played sang so freely and clearly that I just had to start my review with my favourite, Nocturne by Mertz, and I quickly discovered that this guitar is a strong and wonderfully musical instrument with clear, full, bell like trebles and a rich, deep bass voice that together offer one the ability to shape and separate sound.

The key here is the strength in depth. Every note has support giving the sound evenness, clarity and balance and so supporting the player in producing focussed, full and shapely tone that has great intensity and projection.

The treble voice is rounded and fluid in essence with crisp and clean notes in the higher registers blending seamlessly with a full and mellow middle register and giving great definition and variation of colour and tone to different right hand strokes.

The bass voice is simply wonderful! It is full bodied and rich with plenty of punch and ‘growl’ as well as an intensity and focus that demands attention.

The variety of music that I played for this review tells me how capable this guitar is.

In the Prelude from the First Cello Suite by Bach the even and fluid tone across the strings gave me great voicing and counterpoint with freedom of projection and subtle colour.

I then went through my duo program to explore the obvious potential for variety of sound.

In the simple Scottish Baroque pieces the guitar’s strong and focused bass gave fantastic, ‘cello like’ bass parts with clear definition within chords and compelling harmonic and rhythmic movement, complementing the clear single line upper melodies with very easy articulation and slurring, and exciting attack in the Hornpipe!

In complete contrast Invierno Porteno (tango) by Piazolla had all the vitality and energy required with a full bodied, rich and exhilarating tone contrasting with soft, dolce melodies and accompanied by deep, velvet harmonies and compelling bass lines. The music was full of character created through the variety of sounds as well as the rhythmic ease and playability of the guitar (lots of big barres, no problem).

Finally in the suite Espana by Albeniz the warmth and substance of the treble voice came to the fore with blossoming, golden tone, rhythmic clarity and invigorating musicality.

I am learning some Ponce preludes at the moment and I enjoyed the warm and silky treble, light touch and fingertip response, packed full of character and emotion.

Finally my highlight was Capricho Arabe by Tarrega. The guitar could easily define the three voices while highlighting them all, with strength and body in the bass giving drive, emotion and movement; clarity in the inner harmony and a singing, flowing and shapely melodic line. She also gave me wonderful sweeping runs in the semiquaver scales and arpeggios.

The expressive character of this guitar is exceptional. Combined with playability in both hands, depth and consistency of tone and wonderful clarity she can't fail to bring inspiration to any player.

Selina.

 


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.

Bridge.

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

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox Pro II


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

278mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

95mm

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Gee Torres Inspired

Michael Gee

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What a beautiful little guitar this is, a joy to look at and hold and an absolute revelation to play, in fact I would go as far to say ‘love at first note’!

The sound is immediately warm, open and welcoming with an even and distinct tone across the strings and great balance. I was quite taken aback by the full body and depth of tone from such a little guitar giving me a real feeling of strength and substance as I played. I could be very self indulgent with musical interpretation, rubato and contrasting sounds and the sustain and fullness of tone always gave me support and confidence. In other words this is a very musical guitar enabling and encouraging freedom of expression.

The trebles are rounded and golden with true singing notes and an overall mellow and warm character that always maintains clear and direct notes.
The bass is very focussed; concentrated sound that gives fantastic support to the overall voice of the guitar and gives rich and smooth melodic lines.
She has a wonderful playing action; incredibly easy for the left hand and very quick response for the right hand giving you a free, easy and fluid tone.

I started with my favourite Mertz Nocturne and thought ‘this is all I really need’! The guitar gave me perfect separation of melody and accompaniment with great clarity and sustain in the treble, ‘shining’ and singing notes without losing warmth and shapeliness, and wonderful definition and blend in the arpeggio accompaniment, all supported by fantastic focus and projection in the bass. In the last section there are repeated chords in the treble and a melody in the bass and I could achieve the perfect contrast of texture and richness, articulation and legato flow.

The amount of detail available is wonderful giving you so many choices as a player. I often try to describe notes as having a shape to my pupils and this sound lives up to that; never plain or flat but full and mellow, truly ‘3D’ sound. She already has great projection and range of sound and colour so has an exciting future.

As I was coming to the end of playing for this review I made the mistake of tuning down to D. WOW! I am now completely besotted! Rosita by Tarrega had so much strength of sound and character.

The detail combined with the warm easy tone and the depth of sound is just fantastic. The music is warm, vibrant, fun and rich and when I really pushed she responded with plenty of punch and attack and more warmth and support.

Finally I have to comment on my further surprise playing Capricho Catalan by Albeniz, where the growl of the accompaniment and the singing melodic thirds were just beautiful.

I think that this is a wonderful little guitar reflecting beautifully the traditions that we build on while giving us so much more.

Selina.

 


Table

Spruce.

Rosette.

Simply design with arrow motif.

Back and Sides.

4 piece back beautifully bookmatched.

Head facing & Bridge.

Dark Rosewood.

Machine Heads.

Pegheads

Finish.

French Polish with a mirror like finish.


Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

51mm

Upper Bout

251mm

Lower Bout

325mm

Body Depth

91mm

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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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