David Rubio of Oxon

  • Year:


  • Body:

    Swartzia, rosewood or machaerium - beautiful, very stable and in really very good condition. With double purfling to the back and sides.

  • Front:

    European spruce - probably Swiss. 6-fan strut design, typical of this period of the maker's output, with small nodal bar. Featuring the well-recognised rosette

  • Tuners:

    Lansdorfer tuners with attractive buttons set into a rosewood-faced head..

  • Scale:

    660mm - as preferred by the maker, but with slimmer and lighter neck than many of the same period making it surprisingly comfortable to play.

  • Neck Width:

    53.5mm at the nut but string spacing as for 52 mm.

  • Condition:

    In extremely good, concert-worthy condition with minimal playing marks. Back in 1983, the front had some lacquer re-polishing which today shows some crazing. The front centre seam does have some partial separation at the surface and has been like this for 20 years or so, but nothing needs to be done.

  • Comments:

    This really is an excellent David Rubio concert guitar made originally for and played extensively by Gilbert Biberian. It is from the period just after return to England and when David had been making for Julian Bream - also within a year of the outstanding Rubio that John Mills played for many years. The sound is large, clear and open. Balance is excellent with focussed basses and pianistic trebles. It does all the simple things outstandingly well; a simple chord sounds majestic. Projection, strength and clarity are all that you could hope for in a professional's concert guitar. A rare opportunity.

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  • Price:
    Sold March 2009
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