Those of you who follow my blog may know that I am a sponsor of the Twisted Spruce Music Foundation Symposium and Competition, this symposium brings together composers and young guitarists to create new repertoire for the classical guitar. Again, I am donating to the Foundation a high end handcrafted classical guitar which will be presented to the winner of their 2021 Classical Guitar competition.
This guitar's top is salvaged old growth redwood, the back and sides are East Indian rosewood that was milled in Milan, Italy twenty years ago, the neck is Honduran mahogany with a Macassar ebony fretboard, its string/scale length is 648mm/25.5inches, it sports Waverly Sloane tuning machines, the bindings are double thick ebony and the bridge is East Indian rosewood.
I just started French polishing the guitar with blonde shellac and expect to have it completed by mid October.
My young friend, Gwenyth, who is currently studying classical guitar with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Institute, was kind enough to stop by my study and try out this guitar while it was still "in the white". It is always a delight to hear Gwenyth play! She played on this guitar for nearly two hours and said, " I congratulate the guitarist who wins this! It is an amazing guitar!" It has a wonderful voice, it is loud with wonderful projection with incredibly clear treble strings, and is very even across all strings! This guitar will continue to improve and grow as it is played! I posted another video of Gwenyth on social media and got a wonderful response from Laura Husbands (adjunct faculty of Guitar at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver), she said, "What a beautiful guitar!"
Here is a short video of Gwenyth and my latest guitar! Enjoy!