Marvi Spruce Guitar

Marvi Spruce Guitar

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Description

 

This guitar has two stand-out features that immediately catch the eye and ear.

Firstly the wood used is absolutely stunning with a beautiful ‘3D’ rippling effect on the back, sound board and neck (all different woods of course) that catches the light and gives a very ‘classy’ feel.

Secondly, and more importantly, the magnitude of the sound! She has a big and beautiful open voice that is radiant and colourful in character creating great impact with very quick, easy response and fantastic projection.

This responsiveness means that I could get perfect clarity and articulation in fast passages because I only needed a feather light touch on the strings, particularly effective in Abenleid by Mertz where the character is created with sextuplet semiquavers accompanying sustained melody and bass. The tone is very concentrated. There is plenty of warm and supportive resonance but definition remains the key here. This focus and intensity lead to real sparkle and life in the treble and compelling rich sonority in the bass – full-bodied is really an understatement!

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 I could hear every detail of the subtly changing harmonies through the arpeggios giving me texture, movement and shaping all supported and driven by a strong and sustained bass voice.

I particularly enjoyed playing Villa Lobos for the expansive and fluid tone across the full range of notes. She comes across as a supremely confident guitar even at this young age with great intensity in the upper register. Sustain and range of tone and colour are excellent and as I played I could feel the potential for growth – a great feeling! In Prelude 3 I loved the massive and rousing chords, the balance across the strings again highlighting detail and in Prelude 4 the seemingly never ending bass notes gave me full and ‘fat’ sustain, long phrases and notes that enjoy vibrato. Added to all of this, crisp and precise articulation gave ‘easy’ speed in the central section and breadth and depth of tone gave me a completely wonderful final chord!

I am learning Ciacona by Weiss at the moment and here I could easily achieve the focus and ‘gravity’ that I wanted, a distinctive and weighty bass voice leading the music through the variations in the treble with clearly highlighted textures from full rousing harmonies to shapely melodic intervals and delicate dolce.

The most important piece for me in this review was the Ponce Folias Variations, again a piece that I am in the (long) process of learning! This piece has a ‘huge’ scope that often does not feel possible to achieve on one guitar. However the response from this Marvi guitar was magnificent. She gave me wonderful deep and dark D minor harmonies, great anguish in dissonances and clashes, a large palette of colour and texture and a ‘proper’ fortissimo! The fugue was particularly enjoyable as I felt that could happily sustain and follow all three voices hearing every subtle shaping while ‘sinking into’ some wonderful and captivating harmony.

In summary this guitar is compelling and invigorating with rich and vibrant tonal character, loads of detail and substantial yet always clear sound. The depth and breadth of her voice has immediate impact and for a powerful instrument she is ‘suprisingly’ easy to play.

My final thought would be that often powerful guitars do not ‘show’ emotion well – this one does and offers an exciting musical journey to her new partner!  
Selina.

 

This guitar has two stand-out features that immediately catch the eye and ear.

Firstly the wood used is absolutely stunning with a beautiful ‘3D’ rippling effect on the back, sound board and neck (all different woods of course) that catches the light and gives a very ‘classy’ feel.

Secondly, and more importantly, the magnitude of the sound! She has a big and beautiful open voice that is radiant and colourful in character creating great impact with very quick, easy response and fantastic projection.

This responsiveness means that I could get perfect clarity and articulation in fast passages because I only needed a feather light touch on the strings, particularly effective in Abenleid by Mertz where the character is created with sextuplet semiquavers accompanying sustained melody and bass. The tone is very concentrated. There is plenty of warm and supportive resonance but definition remains the key here. This focus and intensity lead to real sparkle and life in the treble and compelling rich sonority in the bass – full-bodied is really an understatement!

In Bach’s Prelude BWV999 I could hear every detail of the subtly changing harmonies through the arpeggios giving me texture, movement and shaping all supported and driven by a strong and sustained bass voice.

I particularly enjoyed playing Villa Lobos for the expansive and fluid tone across the full range of notes. She comes across as a supremely confident guitar even at this young age with great intensity in the upper register. Sustain and range of tone and colour are excellent and as I played I could feel the potential for growth – a great feeling! In Prelude 3 I loved the massive and rousing chords, the balance across the strings again highlighting detail and in Prelude 4 the seemingly never ending bass notes gave me full and ‘fat’ sustain, long phrases and notes that enjoy vibrato. Added to all of this, crisp and precise articulation gave ‘easy’ speed in the central section and breadth and depth of tone gave me a completely wonderful final chord!

I am learning Ciacona by Weiss at the moment and here I could easily achieve the focus and ‘gravity’ that I wanted, a distinctive and weighty bass voice leading the music through the variations in the treble with clearly highlighted textures from full rousing harmonies to shapely melodic intervals and delicate dolce.

The most important piece for me in this review was the Ponce Folias Variations, again a piece that I am in the (long) process of learning! This piece has a ‘huge’ scope that often does not feel possible to achieve on one guitar. However the response from this Marvi guitar was magnificent. She gave me wonderful deep and dark D minor harmonies, great anguish in dissonances and clashes, a large palette of colour and texture and a ‘proper’ fortissimo! The fugue was particularly enjoyable as I felt that could happily sustain and follow all three voices hearing every subtle shaping while ‘sinking into’ some wonderful and captivating harmony.

In summary this guitar is compelling and invigorating with rich and vibrant tonal character, loads of detail and substantial yet always clear sound. The depth and breadth of her voice has immediate impact and for a powerful instrument she is ‘suprisingly’ easy to play.

My final thought would be that often powerful guitars do not ‘show’ emotion well – this one does and offers an exciting musical journey to her new partner!  
Selina.

Specification

Design

Classic Fan Strut

Table

German Spruce

Rosette

Natural Coloured Woods

Back and Sides

Finest Caviuna Rosewood with inner lining of Acer.

Purfling

Snake wood

Head Facing & Bridge

Rosewood

Neck

Honduras Cedar

Fingerboard

Ebony

Machine Heads.

Schaller Grand Tune Classic Lyra

Finish

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox-Pro-II.

Images

Guitar Currently in Stock

Dimensions

Scale Length

655mm

F/board Width

53mm

Upper Bout

287mm

Lower Bout

376mm

Body Depth

103mm