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BARTOLEX 10-String Classical Harp Guitar


BBand Pickup AT6!!!


2009 Bartolex

10-String Guitar

Up for consideration is a mint-condition, 2009 Bartolex 10-String classical guitar, with solid spruce top and BBand pickup. This guitar is the SLS10el model, which features the lattice bracing, laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides, and ebony fingerboard. This guitar is from the same Bartolex line that I personally play, and it sounds phenomenal, both acoustically and amplified. Click HERE for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this guitar. This guitar is like-new, in mint condition, and comes with a full 1-year dealer warranty, with satisfaction guaranteed, and 3-day return policy. This same model sells new for $1,984, so here is your chance to get this amazing 10-string guitar in mint condition, with the same 1-year warranty, and save $500!!!

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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 nothing short of phenomenal. I personally am endorsing Bartolex 10-string guitars and am selling them on eBay and through Bartolex USA, because I have already played over 100 gigs on my own Bartolex guitar, and I'm constantly astounded at how good these guitars are. This guitar is the answer to my personal dream of having a quality 10-string guitar in standard production, at an affordable price -- and maybe it will be for you as well.

I have played and owned many multi-string classical guitars, and this instrument rivals, equals or surpasses many 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 excellent resonance and sympathetic sustain. The low bass response is particularly good on this guitar due to the lattice bracing, which gives the guitar a very even response in all the registers.

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, in cluding D'Addario, Hannabach, and Savarez. LaBella also makes a set but I do not recommend it.

* Model: SLS10el
* Serial # 0208295
* Top: Solid Spruce
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* 12th Fret width: 100 mm
@ Nut = 74mm o.c.
@ fret 12 = 88 mm o.c.
@ bridge = 102mm o.c.
@ fret 1: 19mm
@ fret 7: 20mm
@ String 1 = 3.75 mm
@ String 10 =5 mm
* Dot marker @ fret 7
* BBand AT6
* Hardshell case
* Made in China

As great as the acoustic sound is on this guitar, the amplified sound is eaqually as good -- or perhaps even better! This guitar features the BBand AT6 pickup system, which consists of 2 undersaddle pickups (strings 1-5 and 6-10), blended together with a soundboard transducer. The controls feature a graphic EQ, volume, and a blend slider, which blends the 2 undersaddle PUs together with the Soundboard PU. 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 guitar. For live gigs, I use this exact same system with a Trace Acoustic TA-100R amp and a QSC K12 1000-watt powered speaker (with no effects) and the amplified sound is simply stunning. The unit uses a standard 9 Volt battery, which is included.

Here are 15 MP3 sound files to give you an idea of what to expect. The guitar has a very nice sympathetic resonance, as well as very even response across the registers. These MP3 files have no compression, EQ or reverb -- just straight signal, tracked through a Neumann KM253 omni mic, into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into a Rosetta 200 A/D converter.

1 | Intonation Test (Harmonic /
fretted note @ the 12th fret)

2 | Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic resonance)

3 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)

4 | Kelly's Song
(original composition)

5 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561,
Spanish Renaissance)

6 | Love Song (Guillaume de
Machaut, 1300-1377, French)

7 | Harmonics
(original composition)

8 | Suite Española (Gaspar Sanz, 1640-1710,
Spanish Baroque)

9 | Tanz (Renaissance)

10 | Timur's Song
(original composition)

11 | Improv
(O Come, O Come, Emmanel)

Here are some additional MP3 clips of this guitar using a Neumann KM254 cardioid mic):

12 | Joy To the Person (Anon.
English Renaissance)

13 | Corn Yards (Scottish
Renaissance, 1596-1657)

14 | The Bartolex Song
(original composition)

15 | Improv

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 an affordable, easy-to-play, and a great-sounding instrument.

My website Cathedral Guitar has a lot of info on multi-string guitars; I also run an internet radio station on multi-string guitars and lutes 10-String Radio; and also I moderate a 10-String Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional website, 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.


Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, and Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air is $65. I do accept PayPal (eCheck preferred) as well as all the traditional forms of payment including barters and trades. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason simply return it within 3 days. This auction is for one Bartolex SLS10el 10-string classical harp guitar guitar and case. No other accessories are included.

PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-string McBroom and Bartolex guitars in my Current eBay Auctions, and also see and hear some 10-string guitars that have Recently Sold on eBay.














































































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