Michael Gee Rustic Torres 2008

Michael Gee Rustic Torres 2008

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Description

 

This 2008 Gee guitar No 513 is inspired by Torres and originally built as a joint project with Michael's son, Alex, for Philip Thorne

My first thoughts on playing this guitar were of ‘time travel’, reflecting, to my ears and imagination what the classical guitar sound used to be about.

She has a beautiful, mellow and ‘golden’ tone with pure sound that projects clearly and directly. This quality gives you notes that are rounded yet precise, mellow yet defined. She is not a guitar built for volume and ‘strength’ but the purity and concentration of sound in her voice gives you both of these things ‘under the radar’ (hidden depths) while highlighting musicality and emotion.

Her voice has matured beautifully having being played professionally in her early years however she has not been played so much recently and so has a little ‘waking up’ to do, a process that I could clearly hear as I played. With maturity comes balance and focus.

It is a little difficult for me to put into words but unhindered is the word that came to mind, a voice that is not showy but subtle where substance and ‘essence’ of sound are foremost.

In Ciacona by Weiss harmonic clarity gave me the wonderful movement of this piece and it felt easy to convey the structure and direction of the music. She is very responsive to right hand touch and angle of stroke giving plenty of subtlety in colour and texture.

For example in Sonata by Matteo Albeniz (the Baroque one and a piece that I have only just discovered) I loved the articulation with crisp and ‘light’ tone in the treble highlighting the brilliance and rhythmic drive in the piece. In fact this response to type and strength of stroke is a key feature giving you so much variety to explore in your playing.

I had great fun playing Adagio by Aguado with the range of tone and colour that I could achieve, lovely control across the range and balance of all the parts which is difficult to achieve in this piece. It was nice to be able to enjoy the ‘alberti’ semiquavers that give character to the music without compromising the clear singing melodic phrases in the treble.

Ease of playing is also very important here particularly in physical size with the smaller body helping the left hand, which is quite important with nineteenth century repertoire that was of course written for a smaller instrument and can have some challenging left hand requirements.

She has a great ‘Renaissance’ sound with a lovely bright and airy tone quality for Canarios by Sanz.

You may be thinking at this point that the guitar is limited stylistically but actually one of the highlights for this review was the first movement of La Cathedral by Barrios. She produced a truly mesmerizing upper melody here, delicate and pure with great projection and sustain in the upper register (frets 10 to 12), and clear arpeggio accompaniment that really blossomed with the progression in the piece to fuller and richer low harmonies.

This guitar has loads more for her new player to discover. She has beautiful and easy intimacy and delicacy, a smooth and full voice and purity of tone that gives intense sound and clear projection and overall a very engaging character.

She has not been played much over the last couple of years and at the moment the treble register is the highlight with the bass clearly growing in depth and focus as I played (even over only a couple of hours) showing great potential.

A beautiful little guitar, full of music and emotion.

Selina.

 

This 2008 Gee guitar No 513 is inspired by Torres and originally built as a joint project with Michael's son, Alex, for Philip Thorne

My first thoughts on playing this guitar were of ‘time travel’, reflecting, to my ears and imagination what the classical guitar sound used to be about.

She has a beautiful, mellow and ‘golden’ tone with pure sound that projects clearly and directly. This quality gives you notes that are rounded yet precise, mellow yet defined. She is not a guitar built for volume and ‘strength’ but the purity and concentration of sound in her voice gives you both of these things ‘under the radar’ (hidden depths) while highlighting musicality and emotion.

Her voice has matured beautifully having being played professionally in her early years however she has not been played so much recently and so has a little ‘waking up’ to do, a process that I could clearly hear as I played. With maturity comes balance and focus.

It is a little difficult for me to put into words but unhindered is the word that came to mind, a voice that is not showy but subtle where substance and ‘essence’ of sound are foremost.

In Ciacona by Weiss harmonic clarity gave me the wonderful movement of this piece and it felt easy to convey the structure and direction of the music. She is very responsive to right hand touch and angle of stroke giving plenty of subtlety in colour and texture.

For example in Sonata by Matteo Albeniz (the Baroque one and a piece that I have only just discovered) I loved the articulation with crisp and ‘light’ tone in the treble highlighting the brilliance and rhythmic drive in the piece. In fact this response to type and strength of stroke is a key feature giving you so much variety to explore in your playing.

I had great fun playing Adagio by Aguado with the range of tone and colour that I could achieve, lovely control across the range and balance of all the parts which is difficult to achieve in this piece. It was nice to be able to enjoy the ‘alberti’ semiquavers that give character to the music without compromising the clear singing melodic phrases in the treble.

Ease of playing is also very important here particularly in physical size with the smaller body helping the left hand, which is quite important with nineteenth century repertoire that was of course written for a smaller instrument and can have some challenging left hand requirements.

She has a great ‘Renaissance’ sound with a lovely bright and airy tone quality for Canarios by Sanz.

You may be thinking at this point that the guitar is limited stylistically but actually one of the highlights for this review was the first movement of La Cathedral by Barrios. She produced a truly mesmerizing upper melody here, delicate and pure with great projection and sustain in the upper register (frets 10 to 12), and clear arpeggio accompaniment that really blossomed with the progression in the piece to fuller and richer low harmonies.

This guitar has loads more for her new player to discover. She has beautiful and easy intimacy and delicacy, a smooth and full voice and purity of tone that gives intense sound and clear projection and overall a very engaging character.

She has not been played much over the last couple of years and at the moment the treble register is the highlight with the bass clearly growing in depth and focus as I played (even over only a couple of hours) showing great potential.

A beautiful little guitar, full of music and emotion.

Selina.

Specification

Table

Spruce - Torres design

Back and Sides

Cypress

Rosette

Natural Coloured Woods

Machine Heads

Unknown

Finish

Lacquer.

Case

Hiscox.

Condition

Good condition.

Dimensions

Scale Length

650mm

F/board Width

50mm

Upper Bout

275mm

Lower Bout

358mm

Body Depth

95mm