Up for consideration is a new Bartolex 10-String classical guitar that suffered some shipping damage, and has been professionally repaired. This guitar is the Bartolex SRS10 10-string model, which has a solid spruce top, and laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides. This
guitar is from the same Bartolex line that I personally play,
and even with the repair, it sounds simply amazing. This guitar is otherwise brand new, but has 2 repaired cracks to the top on the lower bass bout, and some minor repairs to the side binding. So here is a rare opportunity to get this wonderful-sounding instrument at an $800 discount!!!
Click HERE for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this actual guitar for sale.
This model features
a spruce top, and beautiful Indian rosewood back and sides. Other than the repair, it is a new guitar. So here is your chance to get this
beautiful-sounding 10-string guitar right away at never-to-be-repeated price, and without having to wait
or place an expensive custom order!!!
Bartolex is a guitar company founded by Argentinian luthier
and guitarist Neris Gonzales, with production based in
a high-quality Artisian Workshop in China. The result is a great
guitar design with high-quality woods and workmanship, at a very
affordable price (Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris). Click here for additional Bartolex reviews 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
The sound, both acoustically and recorded, is superb. I personally
am endorsing Bartolex multi-string guitars, and am selling them on
eBay and direct through Bartolex
USA, because I have already played hundreds of gigs on my
own Bartolex 10-String guitars, and I'm continually astounded at
how good these guitars are. This guitar is the answer to my personal
dream of having a quality multi-string guitar in standard production,
at an affordable price -- and maybe it will be for you as well.
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 spruce top, laminated East Indian Rosewood back & Sides,
ebony fretboard, and creates a beautifully-balanced Spanish sound
with nice trebles, deep basses, and phenomenal resonance and sympathetic
sustain. The low bass response is particularly good on these. Many low 10=A strings sound weak and tubby,
but the Bartolex design ensures a wonderful balance across all
registers, and creates a very even response all the way down
to low A.
I have the guitar tuned in the Romantic Tuning (sometimes called Baroque Tuning), a standard
10-string tuning where 1-6 is normal, and
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,
* Model: SRS10
* Serial # 01158033
* Top: Solid Spruce
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* 12th Fret width: 100 mm
* STRING SPACING
@ Nut = 77 mm o.c.
@ fret 12 = 89 mm o.c.
@ bridge = 101 mm o.c.
* NECK DEPTH
@ fret 1: 19 mm
@ fret 7: 20 mm
@ String 1 = 3 mm
@ String 8 =4 mm
* Neck Dots @ fret 7
* Hardshell case
* Made in China
Here are 11 quick, 1-take MP3s of me playing this actual guitar, recorded
using a Neuman Gefell / RFT UM70 mic into an Audient Black preamp with a Sony PCM D1 field recorder.
This is straight, pure signal with no additional EQ or 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 | Se A Mi Acorgo (Italian Renaissance)
4 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
5 | The Third Tune (Thomas Tallis,
1505-1586, with improvisations)
6 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561
7 | Kelly's Song
8 | Bianca Fiore (Italian Renaissance)
9 | Take 5
10 | From the Begining
(Emerson, Lake, Palmer)
11 | Corn Yards
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 received my Bartolex SPC10, and the sound is fantastic and the action is perfect. Everything that you described regarding the sound and resonance has been 100% true. The finish and woods are fantastic as well. This is truly going to greatly enhance my ability to accomplish what I am after for resonance, as applied to Therapeutic Music. Your guitar has made it possible for me to acquire an instrument that has the sound quality that I need, and also one that I can afford. If I had to have one custom built, I wouldn't be able to have one today. Thank you for all of your help and input in helping me make my decision.”
As great as the acoustic sound is on this guitar, the amplified
sound can be equally as good -- or perhaps even better! This guitar
has a pickup option for the BBand A2.2 pickup system SPECS ($299 with installation), which consists of a soundboard transducer and 2 undersaddle pickups, blended together.
The controls feature a volume knob and a blend wheel,
which blends the undersaddle pickup together with the microphone. The amplified sound is very, very natural, and easy to control
and adjust to fit the particular venue. It has no piezo quack
whatsoever, but is very much the natural amplified sound of the
Also available as a $275 upgrade is the professional Ameritage 6-ply 10-string case (regularly $339). Click HERE for details
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.
FREE SHEET MUSIC
If you need some arrangements for 10-string guitar, here is a 200 page PDF of multi-string guitar arrangements (click on the first link).
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 (tuned like an 8-string 7=D, 8=A) guitarist Perf
De Castro, who is both an excellent musician and a wonderful
teacher, and he offers private lessons via the
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 via FedEx Ground is $40,
I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions
before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Bartolex SRS10 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
about 300 eBay and direct internet sales of 10-string guitars, not a single customer
of mine has ever returned one of these guitars!!!
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-strings by Sakurai / Kohno, Ramirez, Milagro, 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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