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2005 Michael McBroom 10-String Guitar

SOLD Hand-made Concert Classical Harp Guitar


10-String Guitar

Up for consideration is a 2005 Michael McBroom 10-string classical harp guitar. Michael made a name for himself as somewhat of a 10-string guitar specialist, as he quickly built up a 2-year waiting list consisting almost exclusively of 10-string guitar commissions. Unfortunately, due to recent health problems, Michael is currently limited to working only about 1-2 hours a day, and his backlog may now extend 5 years or more, and he is no longer accepting new orders. Here is a very rare chance to pick up a wonderful hand-made McBroom in excellent condition, without having to wait or place a long-term custom order!!!

1270 DPI high-resolution photos of this guitar are here. A history of the building process / construction journal of two similar guitar is here. This guitar features a Bernabe bracing pattern which Michael measured from my 2005 Bernabe 10-string, Indian Rosweood back and sides, an AAA-grade Cedar top, and a custom "Cathedral Guitar" rosette that I supplied to Michael in 2005 for this guitar.

* Serial # CG008TS
* Scale Length 650 mm
* Nut Width = 86 mm
* 12th Fret width = 100 mm
* Action 1st @ 12 = 3.5 mm
* Action 10 @ 12 = 6 mm
* Body depth = 102 mm
* Top = Cedar
* Back/Sides: Indian Rosewood
* Finish: French Polish
* Schaller Tuners
* TKL Hardshell Case
    * Made in USA

Here are sixteen sound files to give you an idea of what to expect. The guitar has excellent resonance, as well as a powerful bass response. These MP3 files have no compression, EQ or reverb -- just mic'd through a Schoeps CMT 30 FNU mics into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into a Rosetta 200 A/D converter. The mic switches between Omni and Cardioid patterns, and this is itentified in the track file name.

1 | Intonation Test (fretted note /
Harmonic @ the 12th fret)

2 | Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic resonance)

3 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)

4 | Joy To the Person (Anon.
English Renaissance)

5 | Kelly's Song
(original composition)

6 | Corn Yards (Scottish
Renaissance, 1596-1657)

7 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561,
Spanish Renaissance)

8 | The Bartolex Song
(original composition)

9 | Improv
(low basses)

10 | Wascha Mesa (Hans Neusidler,
German Renaissance)

11 | Se A Mi Acorgo
(Italian Renasiance)

12 | Improv

13 | Tanz

14 | Bianca Fiore (Cesare Negri,
Italian Renaissance)

15 | Danza
(Italian Renasiance)

16 | The Third Tune (Thomas Tallis,
with Flamenco improvisations

This guitar is in near mint condition, with very little signs of playing or wear. It does2 small repaired cracks on the top / upper bout / treble side, and a small repaired crack on the back. These were both repaired this month by Dick Dubois, who does all the warrany repairs for Collings Guitars, and they are pretty much invisible, even in the high-res photos.

I have the guitar tuned in Romantic tuning, a standard 10-string tuning where 1-6 is normal, and 7-10 descend step-wise: 7=D, 8=C, 9=B, 10 =A. Strings By Mail has a great selection of 10-string sets and can put together custom sets for you at a discount over individual strings. Several excellent string manufacturers offer 10-string sets, in cluding D'Addario, Hannabach, and Savarez. LaBella also makes a set but I do not recommend it.

My website Cathedral Guitar has a lot of info on multi-string guitars; I also run an internet radio station on multi-string guitars and lutes 10-String Radio; and also I moderate a 10-String Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional website, Perf De Castro has a YouTube Multi-String Guitar channel on the instrument. James R. Smith has an excellent intoductory article to the world of multi-strings, here.


Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, and Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air is $65. I do accept PayPal (eCheck preferred) as well as all the traditional forms of payment including barters and trades. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason simply return it within 3 days. This auction is for a 2005 Michael McBroom 10-string classical harp guitar guitar and case. No other accessories are included.

PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-string Ramirez and Bartolex guitars in my Current eBay Auctions, and also see and hear some 10-string guitars -- including another McBroom, that have Recently Sold on eBay.
























































































































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