Carrillo Gabriela - Cedar

Carrillo Gabriela - Cedar

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Description

When I was asked to review Gabriela Cedar I was very excited to start playing as I own a spruce version of an older model.

To begin I note a few aesthetic differences between the two – this model has an extended fretboard (20th Fret) giving an extra fret on the top E string, and in addition with this new model there is more space around the headstock where the strings are wound making string changing much easier. I am a huge fan of the Gabriela because they look so natural and organic, and these small alterations only add to her elegance.

From the first note I am in love with this guitar! I play a Bach prelude and I am struck by how pure the Gabriela’s sound is. Every note I play is so clear and full; the balancing across the fretboard really is astounding. Every note is given the same prominence, which is to say the purity of tone is the same across the board, so there is a lot of scope for exploring different colours and subtleties in the music.

The Gabriela’s warm, rounded tone gives extra dimension to the music, and it is direct and vibrant rather than heavy and soft like some cedar guitars. The projection is immense, the sound fills the room making it so easy to get lost in the music.

I play Birds Flew Over the Spire and I am struck by the tone of the G string in particular. In this piece, it is easy to lose the campanella melody in the dense texture of the supporting notes but the Gabriela really holds her own in terms of clarity. I am able to push every note and this means I can play more musically.

I try the middle section of Villa-Lobos Prelude No.4, and the arpeggiated harmonies come out lush and full of depth with a lovely lyrical mid/bass melody. The bass is big, resonant and powerful, without being overpowering.

To cut a long story short, I play a variety of very different pieces and the diverse tonal characteristics of the Gabriela make for an oxymoronic experience that is surprisingly difficult to put into words. She somehow manages to achieve “subtle” and “dramatic” in the same breath and I spend as long as possible exploring what I can do with this guitar.

She certainly has hidden depths and is multi-talented, colourful in every sense of the word.

A guitar to take the owner far, and the journey will definitely be exciting!

Jess.

When I was asked to review Gabriela Cedar I was very excited to start playing as I own a spruce version of an older model.

To begin I note a few aesthetic differences between the two – this model has an extended fretboard (20th Fret) giving an extra fret on the top E string, and in addition with this new model there is more space around the headstock where the strings are wound making string changing much easier. I am a huge fan of the Gabriela because they look so natural and organic, and these small alterations only add to her elegance.

From the first note I am in love with this guitar! I play a Bach prelude and I am struck by how pure the Gabriela’s sound is. Every note I play is so clear and full; the balancing across the fretboard really is astounding. Every note is given the same prominence, which is to say the purity of tone is the same across the board, so there is a lot of scope for exploring different colours and subtleties in the music.

The Gabriela’s warm, rounded tone gives extra dimension to the music, and it is direct and vibrant rather than heavy and soft like some cedar guitars. The projection is immense, the sound fills the room making it so easy to get lost in the music.

I play Birds Flew Over the Spire and I am struck by the tone of the G string in particular. In this piece, it is easy to lose the campanella melody in the dense texture of the supporting notes but the Gabriela really holds her own in terms of clarity. I am able to push every note and this means I can play more musically.

I try the middle section of Villa-Lobos Prelude No.4, and the arpeggiated harmonies come out lush and full of depth with a lovely lyrical mid/bass melody. The bass is big, resonant and powerful, without being overpowering.

To cut a long story short, I play a variety of very different pieces and the diverse tonal characteristics of the Gabriela make for an oxymoronic experience that is surprisingly difficult to put into words. She somehow manages to achieve “subtle” and “dramatic” in the same breath and I spend as long as possible exploring what I can do with this guitar.

She certainly has hidden depths and is multi-talented, colourful in every sense of the word.

A guitar to take the owner far, and the journey will definitely be exciting!

Jess.

Specification

Top

Solid Canadian Cedar Lattice design

Back

Madagascar Rosewood

Sides

Double Sides - Indian/ Madagascar Rosewood.

Neck

Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Finish

Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Tuners

Fustero

Case

Case Included

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Guitar Currently in Stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

275mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

100mm