Up for consideration is a 2004 10-string classical guitar by San Antonio, TX luthier Lucio Nunez.
This guitar is his top model, which features
an Italian spruce top, Brazilian rosewood back & sides, lattice bracing, double curly maple purfling and other nigh-end detailing. Click HERE
for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this guitar, and HERE for some construction photos. New, this model sells for over $4,000, so here is you chance to get this great 10-string guitar right away, and at a tremendous discount!!!
"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
Lucio Nunez is a well known San Antonio luthier who has had a long and successful career of making classical guitar, 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 absurd price tag.
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: 2004
* Top: Italian Spruce
* Bracing: Lattice
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* 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 = 3.5 mm
@ String 10 = 5 mm
* Tuners: Rubner
* TKL 8900 case
* Made in USA
Here are several quick, 1-take 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 MP3 files have no compression, EQ or reverb
-- just straight signal, tracked through an assortment of mics: an AMI UM17 multi-pattern tube mic, a Schoeps CMC56, and a Wunder Audio CM7GT into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into
an Apogee Rosetta 200 A/D converter into Logic. The mic name is contained in the file name of the MP3.
1 | Intonation Test (Harmonic /
fretted note @ the 12th fret)
2 | Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic
3 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
4 | Kelly's Song
5 | Joy To the Person (Anon.
6 | Corn Yards (Scottish
7 | From the Beginning
(Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
8 | The Third Tune
(Thomas Tallis w/flamenco improv)
9 | Bianca Fiore ( Negri,
10 | Branle / Se A Mi (Anon.,
11 | Brian Boru's March (Anon.,
Irish, Ca. 1200)
12 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan,
13 | Hypnotic Harmonics
14 | Slurs, Lies and Slander
15 | Ave Maris Stella
(Latin Chant tune)
16 |Beautiful Treasures
Here are 5 additional tracks of this guitar recorded with a vintage Schoeps CMT 30F mic with Stephanie Phillips on viola:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Here are some Youtube videos of San Marcos, TX guitarist Anthony Ortiz playing a more recent Lucio Nunez 10-string:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
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 also the ideal guitar
for first getting into the world of Multi-String guitars, as
it is a relatively affordable, easy-to-play, and a great-sounding instrument.
I had this guitar commissioned from Lucio in 2004, and have kept it in near-mint condition. There are some faint signs of use, but it generally still looks almost new. There is a very small crack in the top at the bass edge of the bridge, but the wood grain is braced and contained by the lattice bracing pattern, and so no repair is needed, and the guitar is very stable.
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,
Viktor van Niekerk
also has a very informative website on the 10-string guitar,
especially focused on Maestro Narciso Yepes, and the works
composed for the 10-string in the Modern
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, and Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air is $65.
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 TKL 8900 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 several
dozen of eBay and direct internet sales, not a single customer
has returned a guitar. In fact, most people write in to say how
thrilled they are with their new 10-string guitars. These comments are
viewable by scrolling through my eBay Feedback.
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-string
guitars in my Current
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that have Recently Sold on eBay.