Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

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Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

Post by Scot Tremblay » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:30 am

Just finished a mid 19th century 8 string Viennese guitar. This is from a design by a maker directly between J.G. Staufer and Scherzer. The lower bout is 14"/just under 36cm across and the string length is 644mm so it's getting close to the modern instrument in size.

This particular design surprised the **** out of me the moment I strung one up and started playing around on it. I knew the bigger body and longer string length would produce more volume but I wasn't quite prepared for how much more. This particular instrument is especially gifted in the volume department. I dare say it rivals many modern instruments in volume and sustain all the while maintaining the typical Viennese timber. Mertz is going to rock on this one....
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Re: Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

Post by Christopher Freitag » Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:47 am

I heard a wonderful young Czech guitarist play Mertz on a similar instrument and it did indeed rock! Beautiful work here.
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Re: Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

Post by drew p » Fri Feb 06, 2015 12:25 pm

beautiful

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Re: Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

Post by bear » Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:00 pm

beautiful
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Re: Mid 19th Century Viennese 8 String Guitar

Post by Lovemyguitar » Fri Feb 06, 2015 5:33 pm

Your instruments are always so beautiful, works of visual art as much as they are (I presume, never having heard one) musical art. Stunning work!

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