New Stenzel came to me

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New Stenzel came to me

Post by rojarosguitar » Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:50 pm

Hello, accidentally I could obtain a Stenzel guitar, after an exchange deal didn't work out for the customer who wanted to trade in his Rohe for it. It turned out that the Rohe couldn't be sold as fast as hoped for so the transaction was rewinded and I could acquire the guitar.

It's body is made from quilted(?) maple and has a spruce top. The fingerboard is some over 100 years old piece of african wood (I forgot the correct name).

This guitar is very lightly built and has a dreamlike response. It's as light as my flamenca blanca, but very powerful and clear. When I get more accustomed to it, I'll try to record something.
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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by CT20 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:02 pm

Congratulions on your great fortune! Enjoy.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by astro64 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:05 pm

Why to they never come to me? ;). Congratulations, it is a beautiful looking guitar. What is the wood for the bridge?

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by Monteverde » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:26 pm

An exceptionally beautiful guitar!

Best wishes and regards.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by petermc61 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:38 pm

Very nice Robert. I look forward to hearing your observations on it in due course and to your recording.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by George Crocket » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:45 pm

rojarosguitar wrote:....It's body is made from quilted(?) maple and .....
Is it perhaps "spalted" maple?

Whatever it is called, it is stunning.
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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by Guitar-ded » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:15 pm

George, I'm pretty sure it's quilted.
Robert, well done on your new acquisition. I do like the neck and bridge wood.
It'll be interesting to get your thoughts in due course.
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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by Kent » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:33 pm

Hypnotizing Maple
Congrats Robert. Try and get some sleep.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by ChristianK » Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:45 pm

Very nice indeed, especially like the fingerboard. Must be a dream to play. Adding Stenzel to my guitar bucket list.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:21 am

Very nice looking guitar! I like the look of the maple, it looks beautiful! Looking forward to hearing how great it sounds! Thank you for posting the pictures.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:04 am

Wow, that wood is stunning. Lucky you! Interested to know what wood the fingerboard and bridge is. Never seen one like that before.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by bacsidoan » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:06 am

Congratulations Robert. I'd take a Stenzel over a Rohe any day :)

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by souldier » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:34 am

Love the character of the wood in the fingerboard and the idea that its that old! I've personally grown tired of the solid jet black ebony fingerboards on most guitars these days.
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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by montana » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:58 am

Very nice Robert . Fingerboard is beautiful.

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Re: New Stenzel came to me

Post by rojarosguitar » Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:56 am

Thanks everybody. This guitar comes as close to what I imagine of a light, responsive guitar as it goes.
As to the fingerboard woos, I'll ask again. The bridge is Madagascsar RW and it's not french polished. These days Sebastian treats them with some kind of oil and beeswax if I understood right. There is also a story behind the fingerboard, but I have to ask again instead of spinning a yarn. The fingerboard is slightly scalloped BTW. Sebastian told me it was heavy labour and felt like working on a piece of iron. You can see it when you click on the 3d and 4th picture and magnify it. The playing feel is very nice...

I think it was a series of coincidences that I came to this guitar. First the Rohe deal didn't work out. Secondly my son, who is a photographer, does all the picture taking for Sebastian these days (see the newest GSI acquisition, it's also pics by him). Thirdly, they decided to take pics at my house. Fourthly, Sebastian brought this guitar along with his batch of new guitars to be photographed, just to have it documented. Fifth, I was at home and could try it. And it was exactly this short window of time that such a guitar was available, because usually somebody from the further end of the waiting list jumps in and gone is she...
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