Carrillo Gabriela II - Spruce

Carrillo Gabriela II - Spruce

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Description

One of the many things that are unique to quality classical guitars is the appearance of the rosewood, whether Indian or Brazilian.

There is so much variety, in grain, depth and colour, which immediately adds character to an instrument. I am constantly amazed and love seeing the natural beauty of wood highlighted through the workmanship of the luthier.

This guitar is a wonderful example of such workmanship.

The bold patterns of the rosewood take your breath away with colour that ranges from the pale sapwood to fiery red. Add to that the texture within each colour and the matching of the wood and you have a work of art.

Of course we need this work of art to be reflected in the sound and this guitar does not disappoint.

The main indication of quality for me is that, at first, her voice was clear, focussed and controlled and then within 20 minutes I started to hear and feel the potential scope of the sound and after an hour I was getting so much more in tone colour, dynamic and "around" sound.

This period of warming up and playing in is very important and an indication of quality as it shows that the top is flexing and developing all the time, and has the ability to give you more and more in the way of colour and variety.

She has a complex voice that is growing in many ways at the moment. The foundation is one of a mellow, golden tone that retains focus and clarity in every note. Within this is a more vibrant and vivid character that is eager to come out as the music gets more exciting and dramatic.

When she arrived she had Savarez high-tension Alliance trebles and Corum basses on, which highlight the bright and exciting character. I could hear the warmth and depth developing as I played so decided to also try the Crystal trebles and was rewarded by a glowing tone and richness that did not lose clarity or definition.

As I played I always felt able to control the sound easily and so was free to experiment with different strengths and angles of attack. I was able to get fantastic depth and volume with deep strokes through the strings, contrasting with sweet, silvery tones when playing gently.

From the subtle detail and simplicity of Sor studies to the big, expansive lines in Prelude 1 by Villa Lobos she reacted beautifully to my musical ideas and in the louder passages I was left with a feeling that there was a lot more in the tank.

I particularly enjoyed playing my favourite Nocturne by Mertz, where the melody sang beautifully over an even arpeggio that produced some great "fat" and full bodied harmonies.

In complete contrast to this I felt that Giuliani’s Grand Overture would be a good test, as it needs that "orchestral" feel to work properly. The guitar gave me loads of musical "room" with a fantastic dynamic and tonal range, definition and clarity and easy articulation.

I could easily achieve an exhilarating sound, intense basses and also more delicate tones, and found control of contrasts easy. She carries long melodic phrases particularly well with a clear, singing melodic voice.

Overall this guitar has a lot to give. I love the contrasts that make her such a colourful and dramatic instrument, and I know that the journey that her owner undertakes will be a very exciting and compelling one.

Selina.

One of the many things that are unique to quality classical guitars is the appearance of the rosewood, whether Indian or Brazilian.

There is so much variety, in grain, depth and colour, which immediately adds character to an instrument. I am constantly amazed and love seeing the natural beauty of wood highlighted through the workmanship of the luthier.

This guitar is a wonderful example of such workmanship.

The bold patterns of the rosewood take your breath away with colour that ranges from the pale sapwood to fiery red. Add to that the texture within each colour and the matching of the wood and you have a work of art.

Of course we need this work of art to be reflected in the sound and this guitar does not disappoint.

The main indication of quality for me is that, at first, her voice was clear, focussed and controlled and then within 20 minutes I started to hear and feel the potential scope of the sound and after an hour I was getting so much more in tone colour, dynamic and "around" sound.

This period of warming up and playing in is very important and an indication of quality as it shows that the top is flexing and developing all the time, and has the ability to give you more and more in the way of colour and variety.

She has a complex voice that is growing in many ways at the moment. The foundation is one of a mellow, golden tone that retains focus and clarity in every note. Within this is a more vibrant and vivid character that is eager to come out as the music gets more exciting and dramatic.

When she arrived she had Savarez high-tension Alliance trebles and Corum basses on, which highlight the bright and exciting character. I could hear the warmth and depth developing as I played so decided to also try the Crystal trebles and was rewarded by a glowing tone and richness that did not lose clarity or definition.

As I played I always felt able to control the sound easily and so was free to experiment with different strengths and angles of attack. I was able to get fantastic depth and volume with deep strokes through the strings, contrasting with sweet, silvery tones when playing gently.

From the subtle detail and simplicity of Sor studies to the big, expansive lines in Prelude 1 by Villa Lobos she reacted beautifully to my musical ideas and in the louder passages I was left with a feeling that there was a lot more in the tank.

I particularly enjoyed playing my favourite Nocturne by Mertz, where the melody sang beautifully over an even arpeggio that produced some great "fat" and full bodied harmonies.

In complete contrast to this I felt that Giuliani’s Grand Overture would be a good test, as it needs that "orchestral" feel to work properly. The guitar gave me loads of musical "room" with a fantastic dynamic and tonal range, definition and clarity and easy articulation.

I could easily achieve an exhilarating sound, intense basses and also more delicate tones, and found control of contrasts easy. She carries long melodic phrases particularly well with a clear, singing melodic voice.

Overall this guitar has a lot to give. I love the contrasts that make her such a colourful and dramatic instrument, and I know that the journey that her owner undertakes will be a very exciting and compelling one.

Selina.

Specification

Top

Double Top German Spruce 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