Christopher Dean 2012

Christopher Dean 2012

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Description

 

This guitar has a mature and established voice. The character of sound is warm and confident with beautifully controlled tone that has lovely colours and textures for her player to explore.

I immediately noticed the feeling of security that this guitar gave me. One way to describe this is ‘solid’ sound, that is ‘filled in’ notes that are consistently and reliably full bodied, clear and focussed. This leads to overall richness that is created by intensity of sound rather than a big resonance around the notes.

You quickly realise that it is pretty difficult to produce a bad tone!

The colour in her voice is an important feature, direct and vivid with good sustain and plenty of attack when necessary. Clarity and definition are excellent, especially in the middle, maintaining a rounded tone without any harshness and allowing easy voicing and colouring of chords.

With this in mind I decided to use the first movement of La Cathedral by Barrios in this review, probably a risky choice owing to the very high pitch of the music. I discovered a lovely engaging and glowing tone around and above the 12th fret with plenty of sustain for the melody and, perhaps more importantly lots of clarity in the arpeggio accompaniment much of which is also being played in 11th and 12th positions. This led to clear and beautiful harmony supporting the melody and highlighting the subtle changes and dissonances in the chords – great musical movement through tension and relaxation.

In Ciacona by Weiss the full and firm tone easily brought out the intensity of this slow moving piece giving me confidence in long held chords and creating impact and constant forward momentum, all directed by a deep and sonorous ‘melodic’ bass line, essential for this style.

I am learning an Adagio by Aguado at the moment. It is a beautiful and delicate piece and this guitar helped me to balance and shape the voices with the focussed tone enabling subtle dynamics ranging from piano ‘dolce’ to rousing ‘forte’, all easily controlled and defined.

Next came Fugue BWV1000 by Bach where consistency and substance were the key factors to help to hear the complexity of this music. You may think that the words consistency and reliability lack excitement but this is far from the case with the guitar. With this guitar I was able to, on one hand, explore and experiment with sound with confidence because of these attributes really freeing up my right hand. At the same time I was able to clearly hear all of the details and notice more about the voicing, musicality and structure of the piece.

To finish the review I enjoyed playing Tonadilla by Pujol. This piece goes all over the place and has loads of articulation and dynamic details to consider. I got a great response from the guitar, attack in articulation, smoothness in phrasing and excellent balance between bass and treble. I particularly liked listening to the textures created.

In summary this guitar gave me confidence through her concentrated and focussed voice. Maturity has brought colour and underlying richness to her sound without losing definition or projection and the detail in and impact of her tone are clear to both player and listener.

She is enthusiastic to embark on the next stage of her musical journey!
Selina

 

This guitar has a mature and established voice. The character of sound is warm and confident with beautifully controlled tone that has lovely colours and textures for her player to explore.

I immediately noticed the feeling of security that this guitar gave me. One way to describe this is ‘solid’ sound, that is ‘filled in’ notes that are consistently and reliably full bodied, clear and focussed. This leads to overall richness that is created by intensity of sound rather than a big resonance around the notes.

You quickly realise that it is pretty difficult to produce a bad tone!

The colour in her voice is an important feature, direct and vivid with good sustain and plenty of attack when necessary. Clarity and definition are excellent, especially in the middle, maintaining a rounded tone without any harshness and allowing easy voicing and colouring of chords.

With this in mind I decided to use the first movement of La Cathedral by Barrios in this review, probably a risky choice owing to the very high pitch of the music. I discovered a lovely engaging and glowing tone around and above the 12th fret with plenty of sustain for the melody and, perhaps more importantly lots of clarity in the arpeggio accompaniment much of which is also being played in 11th and 12th positions. This led to clear and beautiful harmony supporting the melody and highlighting the subtle changes and dissonances in the chords – great musical movement through tension and relaxation.

In Ciacona by Weiss the full and firm tone easily brought out the intensity of this slow moving piece giving me confidence in long held chords and creating impact and constant forward momentum, all directed by a deep and sonorous ‘melodic’ bass line, essential for this style.

I am learning an Adagio by Aguado at the moment. It is a beautiful and delicate piece and this guitar helped me to balance and shape the voices with the focussed tone enabling subtle dynamics ranging from piano ‘dolce’ to rousing ‘forte’, all easily controlled and defined.

Next came Fugue BWV1000 by Bach where consistency and substance were the key factors to help to hear the complexity of this music. You may think that the words consistency and reliability lack excitement but this is far from the case with the guitar. With this guitar I was able to, on one hand, explore and experiment with sound with confidence because of these attributes really freeing up my right hand. At the same time I was able to clearly hear all of the details and notice more about the voicing, musicality and structure of the piece.

To finish the review I enjoyed playing Tonadilla by Pujol. This piece goes all over the place and has loads of articulation and dynamic details to consider. I got a great response from the guitar, attack in articulation, smoothness in phrasing and excellent balance between bass and treble. I particularly liked listening to the textures created.

In summary this guitar gave me confidence through her concentrated and focussed voice. Maturity has brought colour and underlying richness to her sound without losing definition or projection and the detail in and impact of her tone are clear to both player and listener.

She is enthusiastic to embark on the next stage of her musical journey!
Selina

Specification

Table

Spruce.

Design

Fan Strut No 428.

Rosette.

Dark and mysterious with a touch of colour.

Back and Sides.

Indian Rosewood.

Bridge.

Indian Rosewood.

Machine Heads.

Rodgers.

Finish.

French Polish.

Case

Hiscox.

Condition

Good Condition with player wear to neck.

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

52mm

Upper Bout

283mm

Lower Bout

371mm

Body Depth

101mm