2007 - number 368. Seven-string model
East Indian rosewood - very dark and straight-grained with matching purflings to back and sides. All shellac french-polished.
Canadian cedar of very fine quality - with even grain spacing and a lot of medullary rays showing it to be well quarter-sawn. Rosewood bridge having bone tie-block capping with mother-of-pearl centre panel.
Waverly Sloane tuning machines with brass sideplates and snakewood buttons. Rodgers individual tuner for the D-string mounted centrally to the rear of the head making the whole completely symmetrical.
65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard plus 20th fret for the 1st & 2nd strings.
61mm at the nut
In very good condition - no repairs or cracks.
The back and front polish has been refreshed by Stephen Eden to remove and improve playing marks picked up during many concert performances. Some residues of marks remain but do not spoil the otherwise beautiful appearance of this instrument.
This 7-string instrument was made for and has been used extensively by Christopher Stell in the Vida Quartet. He now has an identical guitar but with spruce front to match the other members of the quartet who all have spruce Christopher Deans.
This guitar has a warm sound from the cedar and with a G resonance, yet has very good sprucey clarity and projection. 7-string guitars are a bit of a rarity but obviously open up possibilities for playing a wider range of music particularly where a dropped 6th string is normally needed.
For such a guitar, played in recital and used in recordings by such a well-recognised musician as Christopher Stell to come up for sale, is clearly a good opportunity for somebody.
Christopher Dean - Click here to find out more about this maker
"Having known Miles for many years now I can say with some authority that dealing with him is a pleasure, due largely to my secure feeling that he, like me, has a genuine love of his subject. Over the years I have always been eager to hear feedback from both Miles, and his customers, and this has helped me greatly to bolster my own passion for the guitar and to refine my work ."
Christopher Dean | Classical Guitar Maker
+ 44 (0) 1732 453 523
Need advice?Contact Us