1997 - number 086. Labelled, numbered, dated and signed by the maker.
East Indian rosewood of good quality; dark, quarter-sawn with colours of blacks and browns with attractive purfling.
Body length = 484 mm.
Width of top bout = 275mm
Width of waist = 234mm
Width of bottom bout = 363mm
European spruce - a characterful top with just a little bearclaw and a lot of medullary figuring and an ambered colour. The fine-detailed rosette is lovely and has matching decoration to the tie-block capping of the slender rosewood bridge. Shellac french-polished.
Reischl - Lansdorfer style with patterned side-plates and synthetic pearl buttons mounted on a rosewood-faced head.
65cm with 19 frets on an ebony fingerboard.
51mm at the nut with 42.5mm string spacing.
On arrival here, the guitar had a lot of small marks over most surfaces, spoiling its appearance. It has just been re-polished with shellac from head to toe. Apart from one dark mark on the bottom of the front, it now looks very close to new.
Simon Ambridge guitars; even the earlier ones, display high class and a sense of good style. The decoration such as the rosette is fine-detailed and very tasteful.
With an air resonance around G, the guitar has a warm sound with pleasing depth of bass and a clear, refined treble. It is well-balanced and very comfortable to play.
A lovely traditional guitar looking near-new.
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