Barton Spruce Guitar

Barton Spruce Guitar

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First of all I have to be a bit ‘girly’ and say how much I love the look of this guitar. She has a wonderful contrast between lovely dark rosewood, not flashy but with deep, subtle markings and a beautiful light spruce top, with the back and sides being echoed in the signature rosette where the darker wood is almost black. Very striking, which is also a good place to start with a description of the sound!

As I started to play I realised that this is a very ‘honest’ guitar with focussed, balanced and even tone across the range, clear and strong projection and a firm feel indicating great potential. This was all immediately evident in the Carcassi studies that I started with, particularly op.60, no.1 which could be described as a ‘scale’ study. There is a constant line of running quavers in scale and arpeggio form and the guitar gave me a beautifully even and seamless melody across the range of the fingerboard allowing clear shaping and phrasing.

I could actually use only one piece to sum up the guitar. When you know a piece inside out and love the music you have a very strong idea of how you want it to sound.

With Standchen by Mertz (my new absolute favourite) this guitar allowed me to shape the music freely with my thoughts easily conveyed through my fingers. Most importantly the control is wonderful, with definition bringing out every small detail and concentrated, full tone highlighting the conversations in the piece between treble and bass, the tricky nature of the treble echoing the bass, easily overcome here.

The word that keeps coming to mind is ‘calm’. This may be a reflection of how I felt in playing. She is a focussed and confident instrument, no ‘unexpected’ sounds and already very responsive with seemingly perfect clarity. I enjoyed experimenting with tone colours in this piece with lovely dolce pp contrasting with sharp and tangy brightness in the treble, and fantastic, fruity bass driving the harmony and then effortless contrast to full, mellow depth when asked for.

In contrast she gave me zest, sparkle and great rhythmical drive in Mertz’s Tarantella. Crystal clear articulation highlighted the texture created by rhythms, with fluid and projected melodies in the inner register projecting smoothly from within octaves and easy left hand action giving me uninhibited slurs, ornaments and glissandi. She is very quick to respond to the right hand, which means that the very fast tempo here does not sound hurried – just exciting!

Musical lines are so enjoyable to play on this instrument. The consistency of response and of tone quality means that you can be confident in your sound, which leads to more relaxed playing and technique as well as being able to hear more and find more in the music.

I have just started to learn Variations sur “Folia de España” et Fugue by Ponce. This is what I call a ‘huge’ piece, not only in its length and complex fingering but in its depth of harmony and expression. It particularly exploits the bass voice of the guitar and the Barton loves this with amazing ‘growl’ and sonority, deep intense and rich bass notes, always defined. She highlighted the wonderful dissonances and dramatic ‘dark’ nature of the harmony creating colours and textures that let the music come to life, as well as bringing out smooth, glowing upper melodies that seamlessly move you from dark to light and warmth.

As you can probably tell, I loved this guitar! Control and consistency of sound is at the root of it, a responsive, confident and focussed voice that encourages shaping of the music, and is already giving an expansive ‘palette’ of tone and colour.

Definitely a guitar through which I can fully express myself.

An exciting journey ahead for guitar and new owner.  

Selina's Review to be posted.

 

 

First of all I have to be a bit ‘girly’ and say how much I love the look of this guitar. She has a wonderful contrast between lovely dark rosewood, not flashy but with deep, subtle markings and a beautiful light spruce top, with the back and sides being echoed in the signature rosette where the darker wood is almost black. Very striking, which is also a good place to start with a description of the sound!

As I started to play I realised that this is a very ‘honest’ guitar with focussed, balanced and even tone across the range, clear and strong projection and a firm feel indicating great potential. This was all immediately evident in the Carcassi studies that I started with, particularly op.60, no.1 which could be described as a ‘scale’ study. There is a constant line of running quavers in scale and arpeggio form and the guitar gave me a beautifully even and seamless melody across the range of the fingerboard allowing clear shaping and phrasing.

I could actually use only one piece to sum up the guitar. When you know a piece inside out and love the music you have a very strong idea of how you want it to sound.

With Standchen by Mertz (my new absolute favourite) this guitar allowed me to shape the music freely with my thoughts easily conveyed through my fingers. Most importantly the control is wonderful, with definition bringing out every small detail and concentrated, full tone highlighting the conversations in the piece between treble and bass, the tricky nature of the treble echoing the bass, easily overcome here.

The word that keeps coming to mind is ‘calm’. This may be a reflection of how I felt in playing. She is a focussed and confident instrument, no ‘unexpected’ sounds and already very responsive with seemingly perfect clarity. I enjoyed experimenting with tone colours in this piece with lovely dolce pp contrasting with sharp and tangy brightness in the treble, and fantastic, fruity bass driving the harmony and then effortless contrast to full, mellow depth when asked for.

In contrast she gave me zest, sparkle and great rhythmical drive in Mertz’s Tarantella. Crystal clear articulation highlighted the texture created by rhythms, with fluid and projected melodies in the inner register projecting smoothly from within octaves and easy left hand action giving me uninhibited slurs, ornaments and glissandi. She is very quick to respond to the right hand, which means that the very fast tempo here does not sound hurried – just exciting!

Musical lines are so enjoyable to play on this instrument. The consistency of response and of tone quality means that you can be confident in your sound, which leads to more relaxed playing and technique as well as being able to hear more and find more in the music.

I have just started to learn Variations sur “Folia de España” et Fugue by Ponce. This is what I call a ‘huge’ piece, not only in its length and complex fingering but in its depth of harmony and expression. It particularly exploits the bass voice of the guitar and the Barton loves this with amazing ‘growl’ and sonority, deep intense and rich bass notes, always defined. She highlighted the wonderful dissonances and dramatic ‘dark’ nature of the harmony creating colours and textures that let the music come to life, as well as bringing out smooth, glowing upper melodies that seamlessly move you from dark to light and warmth.

As you can probably tell, I loved this guitar! Control and consistency of sound is at the root of it, a responsive, confident and focussed voice that encourages shaping of the music, and is already giving an expansive ‘palette’ of tone and colour.

Definitely a guitar through which I can fully express myself.

An exciting journey ahead for guitar and new owner.  

Selina's Review to be posted.

 

Specification

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 Cites included.

Head Facing.

Finest 30 year old Brazilian Rosewood.

Bridge.

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

Machine Heads.

Rodgers

Finish.

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox-Pro-II

Images

Guitar Currently in Stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

278mm

Lower Bout

365mm

Body Depth

95mm