“SPEZIAL V” – to meet the highest demands of concert artists
These models are remarkable for their quick response, long sustain, even tone quality over the entire fingerboard, a wide palette of different tone colours, a clear tone with good separation, and excellent projection.
The woods and other materials we use are of the highest quality in order to produce the best possible tone. The surface is hand-finished with open-pored French polish.
The wood used for all our instruments is seasoned for at least 10 years. We are currently building guitars from wood that has been seasoned for 30 to 70 years.
It goes without saying that our “Spezial” models have our custom bridge which markedly improves the intonation of the instruments.
In “Classical Guitar Magazine”, issue July 2005, Colin Cooper wrote on the CD-publication of Wang Yameng “Classical Guitar”:
Wang Yameng appears to playing a Smallman guitar, according to the photograph on the cover of this opulent production (which comes with a 50-page booklet) but the first track, „Un Sueño en la Floresta”, has all the characteristics of a spruce guitar finely played – burnished tone, a sound quality that gets beneath the skin and is almost disturbing in its sheer power to ravish, the qualities that seduced me so utterly at the age of 36 that I haven´t really recovered yet. For one moment it seemed that the great Greg Smallman had gone back on his principles and produced a retro guitar for oldies like me.
But no, it is a conventional spruce guitar by Mario Gropp that this talented young (still only 23, despite having won the Tokyo competition eleven years ago) Chinese player is exploiting so expertly. It proves, if proof is needed, that there´s life in the old ways yet …
„SPEZIAL SE-C II“ with double soundboard!
Based on the established and well-tried construction method of my „SPEZIAL–models”, gives the additional soundboard an even faster response and better projection!
The instrument became more fat sound in trebles, longer sustained and even more well-balanced sound pattern!
For me it was very important to keep the special sound characteristics of the classical concert guitar, it´s soundqualities and dynamics, but for the requirements of today´s professional guitarists!
This “SE-C II”-model is available in 630, 640, 650 and 660mm scales as well as in left-handed versions at no extra cost.
They’ve a first class soundboard in spruce or cedar and a raised fingerboard fo a more comfortable playability.
They are fitted with a high class tuners of “Rubner” or “Alessi”.
“Scheller” can be fitted for extra charge.
NEW! Now also available with European woods for back and sides!
Available in the top-class woods:
Curled Maple, Oak, European Walnut, Indian Rosewood, Padouc, Wengé, Cocobolo, Honduras Rosewood, Macassar Ebony, Madagascar Rosewood