Up for your consideration is a Bartolex 10-String classical harp guitar, with hardshell case. This brand new guitar is the model SLC10CEL, which features lattice bracing, a solid cedar top, laminated Indian Rosewood back & sides, cutaway, and a Fishman Presys pickup system. This guitar has concert-lever acoustic sound and cosmetics, yet it is still very affordable -- unlike custom-made luthier guitars. In addition, the amplified sound is also quite wonderful, and the cutaway allows for playing in crossover styles with increased access to the higher notes. So here is a great opportunity to get this
wonderful new 10-string guitar right away, with a full 3-day Satisfaction Guarantee / 1 year warranty -- without having to wait
or place an expensive custom order!!!
Click HERE for 1270 DPI Hi-resolution photos of the guitar. The photos and sound files are of the actual guitar you will receive.
Bartolex is by far and away the world's leading multi-string guitar, with a proven track record of over 500 multi-string guitars made. The company is headed by Madrid-based luthier
and guitarist Neris Gonzales (Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris), with production based in
a high-quality Artisian Workshop in China. The result is a great
guitar design with very high-quality tonewoods and workmanship, at an
affordable price. Click here for additional Bartolex reviews 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
The sound, both acoustically and recorded, is phenomenal. I personally
am endorsing Bartolex 10-string guitars and am selling them on
eBay and through Bartolex
USA, because I have already played hundreds of gigs on my
own Bartolex 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 10-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 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 lattice bracing 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 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: SRC10CEL
* Serial # 010105278
* Top: Solid Cedar
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Ebony
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* 12th Fret width: 100 mm
* 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 = 3.5 mm
@ String 10 =4.5 mm
* Dot markers @ Fret 7, 12
* Fishman Presys Pickup
* Silk-Lined Hardshell case
* 1 Year Warranty
* Made in China
Here are 18 quick, 1-take stereo MP3s of this specific guitar, recorded
using a pair of SAMAR / AKG C1000S microphones, into Undertone Audio MPEQ-1 preamps, using a Metric Halo ULN-8 converter, into Logic.
This is straight, pure signal with no EQ or effects.
This guitar is very easy to record, and would make an excellent
10-string guitar for eather a classical CD, or for recording
nylon-string guitar tracks in any musical style:
1 | Resonance Test
(Showing the guitar's excellent Sympathetic Resonance)
2 | Corn Yards
3 | Joy To the Person
4 | Texas Boogie
5 | Se A Mi Acorgo (Italian Renaissance)
6 | Packington's Pound (English Renaissance)
7 | The Third Tune (Thomas Tallis, with improvisations)
8 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan,
9 | Kelly's Song
10 | From The Beginning (Emerson, Lake, and Palmer)
11 | Bianca Fiore
12 | In Christ Alone
13 | Wachsa Mesa
14 | Kemp's Jig
15 | Take 5
16 | Prelude in Dm
(J.S. Bach, Baroque)
17 | Bouree in Em
(J.S. Bach, Baroque)
18 | Jazz Blues
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. Gregg Minor has a blog entry on Bartolex Guitars. James R. Smith has an excellent intoductory article to the world of multi-strings, 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 private 10-string guitar lessons via the
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
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before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Bartolex SLC10CEL 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).
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other 10-string 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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