AUTHORIZED BARTOLEX USA DEALER
Up for consideration is a new Bartolex 10-String classical guitar, with hardshell case. This guitar is the Bartolex SPC10, which has traditional fan bracing,
and features a solid Cedar top, with laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides, and a Sound Port for increased bass response and projection. This beautiful guitar has concert-level sound and cosmetics, yet it is still affordable, unlike custom-built 10-String guitars. So here is your chance to get this
incredible new 10-string guitar right away, with a 3-day Satisfaction Guarantee -- without having to wait
in line or place an expensive custom order!!!
Click HERE for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this guitar.
Bartolex is a guitar company founded by Madrid-based luthier
/ designer / guitarist Neris Gonzalez, with production based in
the highest-quality Artisian Workshop in China. The result is a great
guitar design with very high-quality tonewoods and workmanship, at a very
affordable price (Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris). Click here for additional Milagro / Bartolex / Cathedral Guitar reviews 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
The sound, both acoustically and recorded, is outstanding. I personally
am endorsing Bartolex 10-string guitars and am selling them on
eBay and through my Bartolex
USA website because I have already played hundreds of gigs on my
own Cathedral and Bartolex guitars, and I'm continually astounded at
how good these guitars are. These guitars are the answer to my personal
dream of having high-quality 10-string guitars in standard production,
at an affordable price -- and maybe it will be for you as well.
Milagro, Bartolex, and Cathedral Guitars are all produced at the same western-trained workshop in China, with dealers in Austin, Madrid, and Sydney. Milagro is the all-solid, top-of-the-line model, with premium woods and the best possible materials and workmanship, but still at an affordable price. Bartolex represents the mid-line models, with solid spruce or cedar tops, and laminated Indian Rosewood back & sides. Cathedral Guitars is the entry-level line, with solid cedar tops and laminated Mahogany back and sides.
I have played and owned dozens of multi-string classical guitars,
and this instrument rivals, equals or surpasses most luthier-built guitars in the 3k - 6k range. This guitar has a AAA-grade
solid Cedar top, laminated East Indian Rosewood back & Sides,
ebony fretboard, and creates a beautifully-balanced Spanish sound
with nice trebles, deep basses, and excellent resonance and sympathetic
sustain. The low bass response is particularly good on these guitars. Many low A strings sound weak and tubby,
but the Bartolex Sound Port design creates a wonderful depth of tone, with balance across all
registers, plus a very even response all the way down
to low A.
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 10-string set but I do not recommend it, because the low basses are too weak.
* Model: SPC10
* Serial # 1002209
* Top: Solid Cedar
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* 12th Fret width: 100 mm
* Savarez Strings
* STRING SPACING
@ Nut = 77mm o.c.
@ fret 12 = 89 mm o.c.
@ bridge = 102mm o.c.
* NECK DEPTH
@ fret 1: 19mm
@ fret 7: 20mm
@ String 1 = 3.25 mm
@ String 10 =4.5 mm
* Dot markers @ 7, 12
* Hardshell case
* Made in China
Here are 15 quick, 1-take MP3s of this guitar, tracked
using a Blackspade Acoustics UM17 custom tube mic with a Neumann K47 capsule, into a Sony PCM D1 flash recorder.
This is straight, pure signal with no additional reverb, EQ or any other effects.
This guitar is very easy to record, and would make an excellent
classical 10-string guitar for a classical CD, or for recording
nylon-string guitar tracks in any musical style:
1 | Resonance Test
(Showing Sympathetic Resonance)
2 | Intonation Test (Harmonic @
12th fret, followed by fretted note)
3 | Corn Yards (Scottish Renaissance,
Rowallen Lute Book, 1596-1657)
4 | Joy To the Person (Anon.,
5 | Bianca Fiore
6 | Kelly's Song
7 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
8 | Improv
9 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561
10 | Se A Mi Acorgo
11 | From The Beginning
(Emerson, Lake, & Palmer)
12| Timur's Song
13 | The Third Tune
(Thomas Tallis, w/flamenco improvisations)
14| Love Song
(Machaut, c. 1350)
15 | Wachsa Mesa
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.
“Its been about seven months since I purchased my first Bartolex SLS10CEL 10-string, and I still can't put it down. The craftsmanship is breathtaking, and the tone is amazing. I strongly recommend this guitar to anyone who's considering purchasing a 10-string. This guitar has added much enjoyment in my life!” -- Heath Hartfiel
Read more TESTIMONIALS here
My website Cathedral
Guitar has a lot of info on multi-string guitars; I
run an internet radio station on multi-string guitars and lutes, called 10-String
Radio; I moderate a 300-member 10-String
Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional
website, 10-string.com. 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, here. Jouni Stenroos has some free PDFs of 10-string arrangements, here.
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 10-string guitar lessons via Skype. Click
Here for more details.
CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR
This guitar type is a relative of the Harp Guitar family
also known as the Fretted
Harp Guitar. It has one big advantage over the other harp
guitar types in that the frets extend across the entire neck,
and can be played with a capo -- and be quickly
transposed into a variety of different keys, which is especially helpful
when accompanying singers. This is, of course, impossible on
a regular harp guitar with floating strings. Custom capos are made by Shubb (ask for the Pinnochio model), and also by Phill
SHIPPING & TERMS
Insured USA and International FedEx Ground is $40.00.
International customers may be subject to additional customs / importing fees. The guitar comes with the standard hardshell case as shown, but you can also upgrade to the pro-quality Ameritage 10-string case for an additional $250. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions
before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Bartolex SPC10 10-string classical harp guitar
and hardshell case. No other accessories are included.
If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason, simply return
it within 3 days for a full refund (buyer pays shipping). So far, after
many dozens of eBay and direct internet sales of 10-string guitars, not a single customer
has not liked their guitar!!!
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-strings by Milagro, Sakurai/Kohno Bartolex, and Cathedral Guitars in my Current
eBay Auctions, and also see and hear several of my 10-string guitars
that have Recently Sold on eBay.
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