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1974 Gabe Czobel Classical Guitar


Concert Guitar in Cedar / East Indian Rosewood

Hand-Made Concert Classical Guitar

1974 Gabe Czobel

Up for consideration is an excellent sounding hand-made 1974 Gabe Czobel classical guitar, built with fine woods from the workshop of Jean Larrivee. New, Larrivee's best classical guitars currently sell for up to $4,000, and even used Larrivee's from the 1970s still sell for around $2,000, so here is a great chance to buy a wonderful concert guitar by a Larrivee employee -- made from these same fine Larrivee tonewoods -- at a tremendous savings.

In 1974 Canadian builder Gabe Czobel was an apprentice in the shop of Jean Larrivee, along with David Wren and Linda Manzer, arriving just after William Laskin left Larrivee to build guitars on his own. Gabe Czobel ran the finishing process in the shop -- preparing the wood for the final finish coats, spraying and sanding the lacquer coats, attaching the neck and bridge to the body, polishing, adjusting the nut and saddle, and all the details up to the point of shipping. Czobel also first taught Linda Manzer guitar finishing, and he finished practically all of the Larrivee steel-strings and classicals at that time.

While working as a Larrivee employee, Gabe Czobel built 5 classical guitars, including one that he kept for himself and still currently plays-- which you can see and hear in this YouTube Video. His guitars were originally sold through his teacher Eli Kassner in Toronto, and I got this guitar back in 1994 from the historical instrument dealer

According to Gabe Czobel, this guitar is #2 of the five that he built, even though somebody else has since stamped the label with #004. This guitar features Czobel's unique bridge bracing system (see last photo) -- allowing the guitar to have a thin, lightly-braced cedar top which produces excellent bass response. It also has a long 676 mm scale, which contributes to the excellent low-end response.

* Scale = 676 mm
* Top = Tight-Grain Cedar
* Back/Sides: East Indian Rosewood
* Nut width: 53 mm
* Finish: Lacquer
* SKB hardshell case
* Made in Canada

This guitar is a wonderful, big-sounding, concert classical, that is well-suited for the concert stage as well as recording. It was my main concert classical from about 1994 - 2000, and I played about 50 gigs a year with it during that time. I had it refretted back in about 1996, and it still plays like it has new frets. I have since devoted myself full-time to playing the 10-String Classical Harp Guitar, I have not had any opportunity to play this excellent guitar in the last several years and that is why it needs a new home.

Here are some quick MP3s, tracked using 3 different microphone setups, to give you a good idea of its range of sounds. This guitar is very easy to record, and would make a fine classical guitar for a solo classical guitar CD or for recording nylon string tracks in other music styles:
Blue Dragonfly 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Schoeps CMT 1 | 2
Woodpecker / Schoeps CM61 1 | 2

This guitar is in very good condition for a 35-year-old guitar. The guitar does have some marks on it that do not detract from the sound or the structural integrity. At one time somebody installed a pick-up in it and there is a blocked hole for a 1/4" jack (see photos); there is a string burn behind the second string; there are a few marks and nicks in the lacquer on the top; there is a spot on the top which looks like a ding that has been leveled and repaired; some of the lacquer finnish has rubbed off the back near the upper bout edge. I had my luthier, Dick Dubois (who does all the repairs at Collings Guitars), go over it, and he found it to be in excellent structural condition.

This is a great-sounding guitar, with a big, warm sound that you would be hard-pressed to find from a new factory guitar, even in the $2,000 range. The high-end grade cedar top from Larrivee has beautiful, super-tight grain, which produces a wonderful tone, with a big, rich basses, sweet, rounded trebles and excellent projection. The character of the trebles is sweet and sustaining, and as you can hear in MP3 clip #1, the guitar it has excellent sympathetic resonance and sustain. In short, it is a great concert guitar for any intermediate to advanced-level player, and it would make a great guitar for local classical gigs, concerts, and recording studio projects.

USA shipping is $25.00 via or FedEx Ground with optional insurance. All sales are final, so please ask questions first. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. This auction is for 1974 Gabe Czobel classical guitar and SKB hardshell case and key. It comes with a new set of LaBella 2001 light gauge strings. No other accessories are included.

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