Dean Cedar Guitar

Dean Cedar Guitar

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IN STOCK

This is my first experience of a cedar guitar by Christopher Dean and I was immediately attracted by her big, open voice with intense and distinct individual notes supported by full bodied and rich resonance.

As a player you get a feeling of strength from this combination, a vibrant and ‘rousing’ sound palette where quality and evenness is present across the range of the fingerboard and where the surround sound gives you confidence without ever becoming too rich or swallowing notes and voices.

The ‘playing touch’/ (right hand response) is firm giving you excellent feed back and the knowledge that you can achieve great variety in colour and dynamics with plenty more to come as she plays in.

The immediate intense and colourful character of this guitar encouraged me to start my review with Eterna Saudade by Dilermando Reis, a very emotional piece full of character and requiring musical freedom. This was a good choice as it introduced me to the fantastic sonorous and fruity bass voice with a magnificent depth that supports, enhances and drives the music.

Thinking of resonance I went on to By Candlelight by Andrew York. This piece moves around a G# minor chord, which is a difficult harmony on the guitar and the overall effect on was stunning. The clear separated notes resonate and ‘clash’ together beautifully (G#, A#, B and F#) with long sustain and without cancelling each other out capturing the evocative and haunting character of the piece perfectly. The treble gives smooth and rounded notes with a warm and honeyed colouring that also has obvious substance and plenty of punch.

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 the clear and precise nature of the treble gave the flowing arpeggios texture and colour highlighting the continuous momentum within the piece, and in Standchen by Mertz and Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 she showed a wonderful ability to ‘float’ the upper melody whether above arpeggio accompaniment or over the sublime falling melodic phrases in the second half of the Villa Lobos. This smooth and fluid quality to the sound is there for the asking, regardless of effort. However the rewards for experimenting and pushing your abilty are well worth it.

Returning to Villa Lobos the bass melody in Prelude 1 was gorgeous, sonorous, intense, legato bass tone with wonderful body and ‘weight’ that gives a truly singing line.

To finish I played Deux Aires Populaires Cubains by Brouwer which seemed to give a perfect summary highlighting the characterful nature of this guitar and the clarity within her resonant voice that leads to great detail and rhythm in the music.

In conclusion she has a magnificent, warm, resonant and colourful voice that also gives definition, clarity and firm attack giving her a powerful and emotional personality. Her new owner will have an exciting journey ahead!
Selina.

 

IN STOCK

This is my first experience of a cedar guitar by Christopher Dean and I was immediately attracted by her big, open voice with intense and distinct individual notes supported by full bodied and rich resonance.

As a player you get a feeling of strength from this combination, a vibrant and ‘rousing’ sound palette where quality and evenness is present across the range of the fingerboard and where the surround sound gives you confidence without ever becoming too rich or swallowing notes and voices.

The ‘playing touch’/ (right hand response) is firm giving you excellent feed back and the knowledge that you can achieve great variety in colour and dynamics with plenty more to come as she plays in.

The immediate intense and colourful character of this guitar encouraged me to start my review with Eterna Saudade by Dilermando Reis, a very emotional piece full of character and requiring musical freedom. This was a good choice as it introduced me to the fantastic sonorous and fruity bass voice with a magnificent depth that supports, enhances and drives the music.

Thinking of resonance I went on to By Candlelight by Andrew York. This piece moves around a G# minor chord, which is a difficult harmony on the guitar and the overall effect on was stunning. The clear separated notes resonate and ‘clash’ together beautifully (G#, A#, B and F#) with long sustain and without cancelling each other out capturing the evocative and haunting character of the piece perfectly. The treble gives smooth and rounded notes with a warm and honeyed colouring that also has obvious substance and plenty of punch.

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 the clear and precise nature of the treble gave the flowing arpeggios texture and colour highlighting the continuous momentum within the piece, and in Standchen by Mertz and Villa Lobos Prelude no.3 she showed a wonderful ability to ‘float’ the upper melody whether above arpeggio accompaniment or over the sublime falling melodic phrases in the second half of the Villa Lobos. This smooth and fluid quality to the sound is there for the asking, regardless of effort. However the rewards for experimenting and pushing your abilty are well worth it.

Returning to Villa Lobos the bass melody in Prelude 1 was gorgeous, sonorous, intense, legato bass tone with wonderful body and ‘weight’ that gives a truly singing line.

To finish I played Deux Aires Populaires Cubains by Brouwer which seemed to give a perfect summary highlighting the characterful nature of this guitar and the clarity within her resonant voice that leads to great detail and rhythm in the music.

In conclusion she has a magnificent, warm, resonant and colourful voice that also gives definition, clarity and firm attack giving her a powerful and emotional personality. Her new owner will have an exciting journey ahead!
Selina.

 

Specification

Table

Cedar.

Rosette.

Inlay detailed with lighter coloured woods.

Back and Sides.

2 piece back constructed from the finest Indian rosewood beautifully book matched.

Head facing.

Indian Rosewood.

Bridge.

12 Hole Indian Rosewood.

Machine Heads.

Allessi

Finish.

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox-Pro-II

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

51mm

Upper Bout

277mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

95mm