Up for consideration is a 2012 10-string classical guitar by San Antonio, TX, luthier Lucio Nunez.
This guitar is his model Balbina Especial, which features
an Western Red Cedar top, a stunning Jacaranda church-door back & sides, lattice bracing, German-made, teflon-coated Rubner tuners, and a custom Ameritage 10-String case. In addition, this guitar has a couple of custom features like the rosette, and the headstock back-plate. So here is a great opportunity to get this superb 10-string guitar right away, without having to undergo a lengthy waiting list!!!
for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this guitar, and here are some other multi-string guitars by Lucio [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 ], including these 8 guitars that Lucio converted from Ramirez / Sakurai / Kohno 6-string guitars: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ]. Lucio also makes the Cathedral Guitars Model 40 10-String guitars: [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] Here are some Youtube videos of Lucio Nunez multi-string guitars: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 ]. As you can see, Lucio has a lot of experience in making 10-string guitars, and probably has made more of 10-string guitars than any other luthier currently living.
“Lucio Núñez guitars
surely must be one of the best values in concert guitars available anywhere in
the world today.”
-- Matt Dunne
Guitar Faculty, University of Texas at San Antonio
“I just wanted to tell you how much I have been enjoying the Cathedral 40 by Lucio Nunez. All of my guitar friends are quite jealous of the extra sound coming from this guitar!”
-- Keith Barnhart
San Francisco Conservatory
San Francisco, California
“The Cathedral 40 is great by the way -- the best sounding guitar I've ever owned. I have had several $15k and $20K guitars in my collection in the past, and the Cathedral 40 by Lucio Nunez beats them all pretty handily.”
-- Walt Downs
“I've played the Sakurai / Kohno 10-String Conversion by Lucio Nunez for probably six hours since it came yesterday, and she is indeed EXCELLENT. I have played guitars that cost three times as much that did not play as well or sound as good. I truly could not be happier with the instrument. It is simply superb. It is easily one of the finest instruments I have ever played.”
--Greig Schneider, D.M.A.,
Los Alamos , New Mexico
Lucio Nunez is a well-known San Antonio luthier who has had a long and successful career of making classical guitars, and is an expert in all aspects of classical guitar construction. In fact, he has built over 1,000 classical guitars to date, and has a steady backlog of new orders. His guitars are known for having a concert playability, projection and tone, yet without the über-expensive price tag. Lucio was recently featured in a write-up by Texas Monthly Magazine earlier this summer.
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, including D'Addario,
LaBella also makes a set but I do not recommend it.
* Year: 2012
* Model: Balbina Especial
* Top: Western Red Cedar
* Back/Sides: Jacaranda
* Bracing: Lattice
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Bridge: Wenge
* Neck: Cedar
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* saddle width: 117 mm
* STRING SPACING
@ Nut = 76 mm o.c.
@ fret 12 = 87 mm o.c.
@ bridge = 98 mm o.c.
* NECK DEPTH
@ fret 1: 21 mm
@ fret 7: 21 mm
@ String 1 = 3.25 mm
@ String 10 = 4.5 mm
* Tuners: Rubner
* Ameritage case
* Made in USA
Here are 12 MP3 sound files of me playing
this guitar, to give you an idea of what to expect. The
guitar has very nice sympathetic resonance, as well as good power
and projection, strong bass responce, a very even response across
the registers, with good separation. These MP3s are recorded through a pair of Schoeps CMT 541 condenser mics into Black Lion Audio B173 premps using a Metric Halo ULN8 interface, with MP3s made in Logic. These files have no compression, EQ or reverb
-- just straight signal.
1 | Intonation Test (Harmonic /
fretted note @ the 12th fret)
2 | Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic
3 | Kelly's Song
4 | Joy To the Person (Anon.
5 | Corn Yards (Scottish
6 | From the Beginning
(Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
7 | Bouree in Em
(J.S. Bach, Baroque)
8 | Bianca Fiore ( Negri,
9 | Prelude in Dm
(J.S. Bach, Baroque)
10 | Brian Boru's March (Anon.,
Irish, Ca. 1200)
11 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan,
12 | Timur's Song
In short, this guitar is a great concert and/or recording guitar
for any intermediate to advanced-level player, and it would make
a great guitar for classical concerts, recitals, local gigs,
as well as recording studio projects. It is visually stunning, and sounds as good as it looks, and overall is an easy-to-play, and a great-sounding instrument.
This guitar commissioned from Lucio in 2012, and has about 4 hours of total playing time on it. There are some faint signs of use, but it generally still looks brand new.
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
Radio; and also I moderate a 265-member 10-String
Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional
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,
If you need a teacher to help you adapt to the 10-string guitar,
you can check this list here.
Also, if you will be playing mostly lute music on the 10-string,
I strongly recommend taking lessons from a lute player, if you
can find one. If you want online lessons, I highly recommend
the 10-String guitarist Perf
De Castro, who is both an excellent musician and a wonderful
teacher, and he offers private 10-string guitar lessons via the
Here for more details.
CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR
This guitar type is also a relative of the Harp Guitar family
known as the Fretted
Harp Guitar. It has a big advantage over the other harp
guitar types in that the frets extend across the entire neck,
and the guitar can easily be played with a capo, and be quickly
transposed into a variety of keys, which is especially helpful
when accompanying singers. This is, of course, impossible on
a regular harp guitar. Custom capos are made by Shubb
(ask for the Pinnochio model), and also by Phill
SHIPPING & TERMS
Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, .
I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions
before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Lucio Nunez 10-string classical harp guitar and Ameritage hardshell case. No other accessories are included.
If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason, simply return
it within 3 days (buyer pays shipping). So far, after more than a
dozen sales of Lucio Nunez guitars, not a single customer
has returned an instrument. In fact, most people write immediately to say how
thrilled they are with their new Lucio Nunez 10-string guitars.
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other Bartolex, Milagro, and Kohno 10-string
guitars in my Current
eBay Auctions, and also see and hear some 10-string guitars
that have Recently Sold on eBay.
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