2016. Labelled, signed and dated by the maker.
Satinwood (chloroxylon swietenia) - with exceptionally beautiful 'bee's wing' figuring all over - quite outstanding.
This beautiful timber was used by the great master makers of the past; Torres, Enrique Garcia, Francisco Simplicio and others. The absence of back centre-strip draws attention to the rich appearance of the timber. All shellac french-polished to very high standard.
Body length:- 458 mm.
Top bout:- 248 mm wide & 86 mm deep.
Waist:- 205 mm & 88 mm deep.
Bottom bout:- 330 mm wide & 88 mm deep.
European bearclaw spruce - another silky, quarter-sawn top from the Italian Dolomiti - with a tasteful, beautifully-executed, 3-dimensional rosette (not to the Arias original design), rosewood bridge with bone-framed tie-block.
Geared pegs by 'Pegheads' of USA - looking like the traditional simple pegs but with internal gearing that makes them so easy to use.
65cm with 18 frets, as the original, on an ebony fingerboard
51mm at the nut with 43mm string spacing.
New - and looking terrific.
All shellac french-polished to very high standard.
These Karel Dedain copies have such a similar weight, balance and body air resonance to the original yet it has more vitality and energy given that the original is allowed to be a little fatigued after 125 years. Nevertheless the character of the sound and the playability are very close to the 1889 original. Karel Dedain has reproduced the vital thicknesses, the doming of top and back and come within 50 grams of the original.
Vicente Arias guitars are quite scarce and only around 60-70 surviving instruments are known to exist. The vast majority of the originals are all quite different from one another; some being very simple in decoration; others being quite ornate. They were always small-bodied guitars yet with remarkable quantity and quantity of sound. The depth of sound (air resonance around F#) and quantity of sound are quite remarkable.
If you seek something a little different yet quite stunning and particularly beautiful, this Karel Dedain instrument is sure to please.
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