Williams Spruce Guitar

Williams Spruce Guitar

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Description

 

It has been very interesting reviewing a guitar that is new despite being built 4 years ago and after playing I sensed a maturing (of what I am unsure!) that enabled me to do more with the sound, and hear more from the outset.

This guitar has a bright and vibrant character with clear, easy projection and great playability. It is lovely to be able to hear the personality of a guitar as you start to play, not only giving you a sense of how she will develop but also encouraging you to explore and push the instrument and your ability! Here I found a guitar that is not shy or reserved but one that is outgoing and lively.

She has excellent clarity across the strings and lovely sparkle in the upper register with a supporting warm resonance that allows ‘edgy’ and attacking qualities while retaining fuller richer tone when asked for. The trebles are very clear and focussed giving me fluid and quick articulation and highlighting rhythmic playing and changing textures in the music. The basses are sonorous and ‘fruity’, meaning plenty of body and depth combined with impact and ‘punch’. All in all a lively and ‘forward’ personality!

As I start to do a review I enjoy listening to the characteristics of the sound and then look forward to hearing how this translates into the music. I started with Polacca by Mertz and loved the texture created by clear articulation giving me lots of detail in the quick scale and arpeggio passages and highlighting the rhythmic character of the music. Likewise in study no.13, op.60 by Coste the guitar responded beautifully to the difficult technical demands with direct and quick sound production. The important bass line, which includes as many rests as notes, was strong and firm and I could easily separate this from the upper accompaniment of ‘bubbling’ semiquavers.

I am relearning Regondi study no.8 at the moment. This is a beautiful piece that consists mostly of a single flowing line of semiquavers containing the melody and accompaniment so a lot of interpretation and control needed. The Williams has a very even and open tone across the strings allowing me to control the musical lines and phrases as I wished and I found that I could achieve a wide variety of tone and colour, particularly enjoying fuller and richer notes with deeper strokes and engaging, ‘dolce’ tone. Also very notable was the quality and definition of sound from the lowest to the highest notes with smooth and fluid transition through the registers.

In the Passacaglia by Weiss I enjoyed a rich and full-bodied bass D resonance and an overall invigorating sound palette within which the clarity of individual notes and phrases was never lost. I finished with a new piece, Andante Largo by Sor, to demonstrate the sweeter and fuller tone available, with great sustain and a developing warmth in support of her voice that gives the player more choices at the slower and more gentle tempos.

I really enjoyed playing this guitar.

She is easy to play with charcteristics that easily highlight vivacious, lively and exciting pieces, a clarity of tone that brings out phrasing and textures in your music, excellent projection and warmth and depth in support of the sound giving you great variety, freedom and overall control.

Do not be put off by the date!! There is loads of potential to unlock here.
Selina.

 

 

It has been very interesting reviewing a guitar that is new despite being built 4 years ago and after playing I sensed a maturing (of what I am unsure!) that enabled me to do more with the sound, and hear more from the outset.

This guitar has a bright and vibrant character with clear, easy projection and great playability. It is lovely to be able to hear the personality of a guitar as you start to play, not only giving you a sense of how she will develop but also encouraging you to explore and push the instrument and your ability! Here I found a guitar that is not shy or reserved but one that is outgoing and lively.

She has excellent clarity across the strings and lovely sparkle in the upper register with a supporting warm resonance that allows ‘edgy’ and attacking qualities while retaining fuller richer tone when asked for. The trebles are very clear and focussed giving me fluid and quick articulation and highlighting rhythmic playing and changing textures in the music. The basses are sonorous and ‘fruity’, meaning plenty of body and depth combined with impact and ‘punch’. All in all a lively and ‘forward’ personality!

As I start to do a review I enjoy listening to the characteristics of the sound and then look forward to hearing how this translates into the music. I started with Polacca by Mertz and loved the texture created by clear articulation giving me lots of detail in the quick scale and arpeggio passages and highlighting the rhythmic character of the music. Likewise in study no.13, op.60 by Coste the guitar responded beautifully to the difficult technical demands with direct and quick sound production. The important bass line, which includes as many rests as notes, was strong and firm and I could easily separate this from the upper accompaniment of ‘bubbling’ semiquavers.

I am relearning Regondi study no.8 at the moment. This is a beautiful piece that consists mostly of a single flowing line of semiquavers containing the melody and accompaniment so a lot of interpretation and control needed. The Williams has a very even and open tone across the strings allowing me to control the musical lines and phrases as I wished and I found that I could achieve a wide variety of tone and colour, particularly enjoying fuller and richer notes with deeper strokes and engaging, ‘dolce’ tone. Also very notable was the quality and definition of sound from the lowest to the highest notes with smooth and fluid transition through the registers.

In the Passacaglia by Weiss I enjoyed a rich and full-bodied bass D resonance and an overall invigorating sound palette within which the clarity of individual notes and phrases was never lost. I finished with a new piece, Andante Largo by Sor, to demonstrate the sweeter and fuller tone available, with great sustain and a developing warmth in support of her voice that gives the player more choices at the slower and more gentle tempos.

I really enjoyed playing this guitar.

She is easy to play with charcteristics that easily highlight vivacious, lively and exciting pieces, a clarity of tone that brings out phrasing and textures in your music, excellent projection and warmth and depth in support of the sound giving you great variety, freedom and overall control.

Do not be put off by the date!! There is loads of potential to unlock here.
Selina.

 

Specification

Table.

Spruce.

Rosette.

Hand inlaid "Bard of Gold".

Back & Sides.

East Indian Rosewood with centre insert of Quarter Sawn English Lacewood.

Neck & Head

South American Cedar.

Fingerboard.

Ebony.

Machine Heads.

Gotoh

Finish.

Shellac French Polish.

Case

Hiscox-Pro-II.

Images

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Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

280mm

Lower Bout

372mm

Body Depth

95mm