August 2008 - number 288. Dated and signed by the maker on the label and underneath the soundboard.
Rosewood - straight-grained, quarter-sawn timber with attractive natural colour; the absence of back centre strip focusses on the beauty of the wood. With green coloured purfling to back and sides.
Body length:- 484mm.
Top bout:- 280 mm wide & 99 mm deep.
Waist:- 235 mm & 102 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 366 mm wide & 100 mm deep.
All shellac french-polished.
Canadian cedar - in double-top format with Nomex inner layer, with five near-parallel, spruce struts and a single cross-strut on each wing.
The maker's rosette has central tiles of green diamond pattern surrounded by subtle, multi-coloured rings. Dark rosewood bridge with bone-framed tie-block capping and 12-hole tie option.
Shellac french polished.
Rodgers with engraved brass side-plates, white rollers and dark mother-of-pearl buttons.
65cm on an ebony fingerboard which is 'elevated' over the body.
52cm with 43mm string spacing.
This 2008 guitar is in good condition with minor, superficial marking to the front and back of the head. The back and sides are in lovely condition.
These Gernot Wagner double-top guitars are certainly powerful but with an impressive clarity, balance and refinement that many other modern construction instruments do not have. Although less famous than the Dammann guitars that were first produced based on Gernot Wagner's pioneering, technological developments, they really do need to be equally recognised as the sound quality and refinement of these instruments is right up there. The workmanship and attention to detail, both inside and outside are of impeccable standard.
With body air resonance around F#, this powerful guitar has a real depth of sound combined with a clear, incisive and well-projecting treble making it suitable for soloist or ensemble performer alike. At the same time it responds well to pianissimo playing; something that many modern guitars are not good at.
An exceptional quality instrument that could be the envy of many professional performers.
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