New Prototype -- Lattice Bracing
2009 Bartolex 10-String Guitar
Up for consideration is a brand new, wonderful-sounding Bartolex 10-String classical
harp guitar, with Fanned Frets, Cutaway and BBand A6T
electronics. This is a brand new prototype model with lattice
bracing, and it is the same model that I personally play, except
that this one has the fanned-frets. Click HERE
for my review of my own
guitar. This model is not yet in standard production -- and
this fanned-fret version probably will never be -- so here is
a very rare opportunity to get this amazing guitar without having
to wait or plce a custom order.
Bartolex is a guitar company founded by Argentinian luthier
and guitarist Neris Gonzales, with production based in
a high-quality Artisian Workshop in China. The result is a great
guitar design with master-grade materials and workmanship, at
a very affordable price (Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris). The sound, both acoustically
and amplified, is phenomenal. I personally am endorsing this
Spruce / Lattice model, because I have already played several
dozen gigs this year on this guitar model with regular frets,
and I'm continually astounded at how good this guitar is. This
guitar was the answer to my dreams -- and perhaps it will be
to yours as well.
I have played and owned many 10-string classical harp guitars,
and this instrument rivals, equals or surpasses many guitars
in the 4k - 6k range. This guitar has a master-grade solid Swiss
Spruce top, and creates a very balanced sound with lively trebles,
full basses, and excellent resonance and sympathetic sustain.
I currently have the guitar in Requinto Tuning, in
the same Baroque/Romantic tuning used by Murial Anderson.
for info on Murial's guitar, and click
here for the custom D'Addario string set that Strings
By Mail has designed for this guitar.
The purpose of fanned frets is to increase the scale lenth
of the low bass strings to give them better bass response, AND
to increase the scale-lenth of the trebles to give them better
response for notes higher than 1 = E. This guitar is tuned in
Romantic tuning, tuned up a minor third, but this guitar also
has great possibilities with adding a 1 = A -- high A string
in a manner of guitarist Paul
Galbraith, who is both the most famous classical fanned-fret
player, and the most famous classical multi-string guitar player.
This guitar is surprisingly easy to play. Since the scale starts
at 615 mm, the shorter scale makes things very easy to reach,
and the tilt of the frets is minimal. The design of the fanned-frets
made it very easy to adjust to playing it, and this would make
a great 10-string guitar especially for women, younger players,
or anybody with normal to smaller-sized hands.
* Scale 1 = 615 mm
* Scale 10 = 650 mm
* Top = Solid Swiss Spruce
* Back/Sides: Laminated East Indian Rosewood
* Finish: Lacquer
* BBand A6T Electronics
* Model: SLSF10CEL
* New silk-lined case
* Made in China
Here are some quick MP3s of my own guitar, tracked using
an AKG C480 microphone with a Thiersch
M7/M8 capsule, through a Presonus
ADL 600 preamp and an Apogee
Rosetta 200 A/D converter. This guitar is very easy to
record, and would make a fine classical guitar for a solo 10-string
classical guitar CD or for recording nylon string harp guitar
tracks in other music styles:
In short, it is a great concert and/or amplified guitar for
any intermediate to advanced-level player, and it would make
a great guitar for local classical gigs, concerts, and recording
SHIPPING & TERMS
USA shipping is $35.00 via or FedEx Ground with $20 for optional
insurance. All sales are final, so please ask questions first.
I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. This auction is for 2009
Bartolex classical harp guitar and hardshell case. It comes
with a new set of D'Addario strings in Romantic Tuning
up a minor third. No other accessories are included.
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