Carrillo Gabriela II - Cedar

Carrillo Gabriela II - Cedar

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Description

From simply playing the open strings I could hear the powerful and vibrant character of this guitar as the sound literally leapt from under my fingers!

Before continuing I must say that although the rosewood here is more sober in its natural "design" than that of the spruce guitar, it is beautiful in that it matches perfectly with the rich tones of the cedar top, so reflecting the craftsmanship of the luthier.

She is immediately a musical and emotional guitar with excitement and vivid colour predominant in her character. This character is very Spanish with its all around resonance, however within this the strings retain absolute clarity and a bright edge that enhances the volume and makes it more direct and focused.

There is no blurring of this clarity; even when I pushed for a full and mellow, tasto sound I achieved the tone that I wanted without losing the focus and definition.

It would be difficult to play this guitar without emotion and the extremes in her character and voice will encourage any player to explore and experiment. She has a very quick response to changes in angle of attack and strength of stroke, creating a big library of sound and colour for the player to use once they have "settled in" and learnt how to play and control the guitar.

This is an important process for both the development of the guitar and the player!

One of the things that I love about reviewing guitars is getting to experiment with lots of different pieces! After playing this guitar for a few minutes I was eager to try the Hungarian Fantasy by Mertz, which requires a lot of drama, well when I play it anyway! Suffice to say I had a lot of fun!

I was able to move easily from bright and harsh colours to smooth and silvery; the guitar brought out the poignant emotions of the slow section and the vitality and exuberance of the final section and was balanced and confident across the very wide range of pitch covered in moving around the fingerboard. This control and balance across the strings and up and down the fingerboard makes for great playability and relaxation in technique.

I think that often the most telling test of a guitar is in playing more simple music that is more exposed, as there are fewer notes! So I decided to finish with a set of pieces called Timescapes by John Whitworth.

These are great pieces of grade 3 to 4 standard that require musical input beyond their technical requirements.

The guitar was simply fantastic! I had all the sustain that I wanted across harmonies and melodies with tone colours ranging from mellow and honeyed to intense and vibrant.

I particularly enjoyed the dissonances and clashes which were so clear and colourful contrasting with excellent dynamic scope and control across long, legato melodies.

The emotions in her voice are very compelling, with rich dark basses and shining golden trebles on one stroke and thrilling, vibrant power with sparkling treble on another.

Voices are easily clearly defined harmonies easily blended. To close the last movement has a mellow, singing bass melody accompanied by open string arpeggios and is called "Beneath the Stars". This guitar delivered for me a full yet gentle silvery colouring with great control allowing the music to come alive.

What more do you need?

Selina.

From simply playing the open strings I could hear the powerful and vibrant character of this guitar as the sound literally leapt from under my fingers!

Before continuing I must say that although the rosewood here is more sober in its natural "design" than that of the spruce guitar, it is beautiful in that it matches perfectly with the rich tones of the cedar top, so reflecting the craftsmanship of the luthier.

She is immediately a musical and emotional guitar with excitement and vivid colour predominant in her character. This character is very Spanish with its all around resonance, however within this the strings retain absolute clarity and a bright edge that enhances the volume and makes it more direct and focused.

There is no blurring of this clarity; even when I pushed for a full and mellow, tasto sound I achieved the tone that I wanted without losing the focus and definition.

It would be difficult to play this guitar without emotion and the extremes in her character and voice will encourage any player to explore and experiment. She has a very quick response to changes in angle of attack and strength of stroke, creating a big library of sound and colour for the player to use once they have "settled in" and learnt how to play and control the guitar.

This is an important process for both the development of the guitar and the player!

One of the things that I love about reviewing guitars is getting to experiment with lots of different pieces! After playing this guitar for a few minutes I was eager to try the Hungarian Fantasy by Mertz, which requires a lot of drama, well when I play it anyway! Suffice to say I had a lot of fun!

I was able to move easily from bright and harsh colours to smooth and silvery; the guitar brought out the poignant emotions of the slow section and the vitality and exuberance of the final section and was balanced and confident across the very wide range of pitch covered in moving around the fingerboard. This control and balance across the strings and up and down the fingerboard makes for great playability and relaxation in technique.

I think that often the most telling test of a guitar is in playing more simple music that is more exposed, as there are fewer notes! So I decided to finish with a set of pieces called Timescapes by John Whitworth.

These are great pieces of grade 3 to 4 standard that require musical input beyond their technical requirements.

The guitar was simply fantastic! I had all the sustain that I wanted across harmonies and melodies with tone colours ranging from mellow and honeyed to intense and vibrant.

I particularly enjoyed the dissonances and clashes which were so clear and colourful contrasting with excellent dynamic scope and control across long, legato melodies.

The emotions in her voice are very compelling, with rich dark basses and shining golden trebles on one stroke and thrilling, vibrant power with sparkling treble on another.

Voices are easily clearly defined harmonies easily blended. To close the last movement has a mellow, singing bass melody accompanied by open string arpeggios and is called "Beneath the Stars". This guitar delivered for me a full yet gentle silvery colouring with great control allowing the music to come alive.

What more do you need?

Selina.

Specification

Top

Double Top Canadian Cedar Lattice Design

Back

Madagascar or Cocobolo Rosewood

Sides

Double Sides - Indian/ Madagascar Rosewood.

Neck

Cedar

F/board

Ebony

Finish

Natural Resin Lacquer

Tuners

Fustero

Case

Case Included

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

285mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

100mm