11-String Alto Guitar
Up for consideration is a 3 1/2 year-old Bartolex Alto STD 11-String classical guitar, with hardshell case. This guitar is the premium all-solid tonewoods 11-string Bartolex, with several custom features, including a beautiful 3-piece back, step-wise increase in scale length for the low basses, and a smaller 550 mm Alto scale-length for strings 1-7. This previously owned
11-string Bartolex sounds fantastic, and represents a tremendous discount to luthier-made 11-string guitars costing several times as much -- and comes with a 3-day, Satisfaction Guarantee return policy -- without having to go a wait
list or place an expensive custom order!!!
Click HERE for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this wonderful-sounding 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
custom guitar design with highest-quality all-solid tonewoods and workmanship, at a very
affordable price (Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris). Click here for additional Milagro/Bartolex reviews 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
The sound, both acoustically and recorded, is fantastic. I personally
am endorsing Bartolex multi-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
Milagro / Cathedral / Bartolex guitars (all designed by Neris), and I'm continually amazed at
how good these guitars are. These guitars are the answer to my personal
dream of having high-quality multi-string guitars in standard production,
at an affordable price -- and maybe it will be for you as well.
MILAGRO / BARTOLEX
Milagro, Bartolex, and Cathedral Guitars are all designed by Neris Gonzalez, who also supervises production at the very best western-trained luthier workshop in China. 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 is the mid-line models, with spruce or cedar tops, and many options and custom features. Cathedral Guitars is the entry-level line, with solid cedar tops and 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, solid East Indian Rosewood back & Sides,
ebony fretboard, and creates a beautifully-balanced sound
with nice trebles, deep basses, and amazing resonance and sympathetic
sustain. The alto scale allows the guitar to be tuned up to G, and the extended length bass scale length helps creates a big, powerful sound with the excellent volume and projection, even from the smaller body size. This is a wonderful guitar for playing lute music -- in either G Tuning or Dm tuning (i.e., for Weiss), transcriptions, and original compositions.
I have the guitar tuned in Romantic tuning in to G, a standard
11-string tuning where 1-6 are tuned up a minor third, and 7-11 descend step-wise:
7=D, 8=C, 9=B, 10 =A, 11=G. It can also be tuned in Dm tuning for Baroque Dm lute music. Strings
By Mail has a great selection of 11-string sets and can
put together custom sets for you at a discount over individual
strings. Several excellent string manufacturers offer multi-string
sets, including D'Addario,
* Bartolex Alto STD
* Top: Solid Cedar
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Finish: Lacquer
* SCALE LENGTH
1-7: 550 mm
8 = 618 mm
9 = 654 mm
10 = 693 mm
11 = 733
* D'Addario Strings
* Hardshell case
* Made in China
Here are 12 quick, 1-take MP3s of this guitar, tracked
using a pair of Schoeps CMT541 mics, into a pair of Ocean Audio 500 preamps using a Metric Halo ULN8 converter.
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 11-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
(Harmonic @12th fret
followed bt fretted note)
3 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
4 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561
5 | Se A Mi Acorgo
6 | Love Song
(Machaut, c. 1350)
7 | Joy to the Person
8 | Wachsa Mesa
(H. Neusidler, German Renaissance)
9 | Bianca Fiore
10 | Bouree in Em
(J.S. Bach, Baroque)
11 | Timur's Song
12 | The Third Tune
(T. Tallis, Renaissance)
In short, this guitar is a wonderful concert guitar and/or recording guitar
for any intermediate to professional-level player, and it would make
a great guitar for classical concerts, recitals, local amplified gigs,
as well as recording studio projects.
"The guitar is is very well built and is simply beautiful -- I love how it looks and how it feels. The thickness of the neck is perfect and feels very comfortable. The alto tuning makes the sound more lute-like. Overall, I am very pleased with the guitar.
And I must say I feel VERY thankful for people like you for making the dream of owning a multi-stringed guitar a reality. I never have thought I'd own two 10-string guitars and an 11-string alto guitar that sound and play great, without having to take out a second mortgage!!!
-- Adam Ghoneim
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, and a free 200 page PDF for Alto 11-string guitar is here.
SHIPPING & TERMS
Insured USA shipping via FedEx Ground is $40.00.
International customers may be subject to additional Customs / importing fees. A BBand pickup A2.2 can be installed for an additional $300. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions
before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Bartolex Alto STD 11-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).
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-strings by Bartolex, and Cathedral Guitars in my Current
eBay Auctions, and also see and hear the dozens of 10-string guitars
that have Sold on eBay.
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