Gil_Wade wrote:The guitar grew longer and larger as audiences grew larger and there was a need for more volume. Jose Ramirez III came up with his 664 design as the best configuration for a professional guitarist in a large auditorium...and amazingly it works in smaller venues too. If you haven't seen videos of the oriental girls playing guitars almost bigger than they are then you need to go look at them. In essence you can do about anything you want to do.
I believe the question is "what do you want to do with the guitar". If you want to be a performing guitarist in a concert (none amplified) environment you need a 650 or larger guitar and you need to learn how to play it. For all the rest of us, we have many choices...all you need is to go play different guitars until you find the one that "speaks" to you...and not really care whether it is 664 or 650 or 640 or... Any other measurements are just very general guidelines that have exceptions all over the place.
Wayne S wrote:Yes the longer string lengths have made for louder guitars but at what cost to tone and playability. I was a CG teacher for about five years when I was younger and I must say that most students do adapt to the guitars they own but the best students usually had the guitars with the best action and string length to suit their hands.
Andre, I have to agree with you, the demand over the last 20 or so years for bigger, louder guitars is becoming a bit overrated and the players over the last 15 or so years want to play every piece of music as fast as possible as though they were trying to record a Guinness World Speed Record for the fastest piece of music played on a CG.
I have looked at many young players on youtube and they all play the music too fast, they don't adhere to the speed of the music written by the composer so they are not playing the real intent of the composer.
Even Nicola Hall played too fast.
I have heard pieces played at Allegro when they should have been played at moderato and it sounded horrible. There was no soul or feel for the music from the player only the desire to play as fast as possible.
Like you I feel that the whole purpose of the guitar is convey the beauty of the music with nuances and tonal quality derived from the guitar and not how loud or fast it can be played.
The most beautiful sounding guitar I have ever played was made by Jose Romanillos, it was sublime the tone was made in Heaven, yet it was not as loud as a Greg Smallman I played. The Smallman was easy to play and very powerful with a good balanced tone.
Both guitars were great but I would rather play the Romanillos.
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