US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

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US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by jtres » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:11 am

Type / luthier : Romantic Style Fabrizio Sapienza Guitar
Year of construction: 2016
Scale Length Bridge to nut: roughly 650mm
Nut Width: Approx. 49 mm
Top: Solid Italian Spruce from Trentino Alto Adige Italy with a tight grain in the middle... French Polished
Bracing: Ladder H
Back / Sides: Solid Flamed Maple from Trentino Alto Adige Italy … decorations in Olive Wood from Aquila Abruzzo Region
Neck: Cedar with Ebony/Maple/Rosewood Reinforcement Strip. Spanish flatter profile to the neck.
Fingerboard/bridge: Ebony
Sound:Delicate and soft romantic guitar sound
Condition: Very Good condition
Price: $1500.00
Location: Buffalo NY

G string height at 12th fret: 3 mm
E string height at 12th fret: 3 mm

Video: https://youtu.be/CZkzs6rkqas

History:
Fabrizio Sapienza is an Italian luthier from Aquila Italy. Trained in the classical luthier school, Fabrizio makes Italian classical style guitars in the Italian ladder and H braced patterns.

Sound and Playability:
Sweet and delicate tone with the tone balanced between bass, mid and treble. The action is very good and it isn’t hard to fret. The guitar feels beautiful in hand.

Unique ORIGINAL features:
1. Beautiful olive wood decorations, with romantic guitar strap button in Olive wood, finger rest plate in Olive wood, and Olive wood inlay at the bottom of the top and side of the guitar.

2. Beautiful closed Panormo shaped headstock with ebony friction tuning pegs…. Maple veneer… incredibly beautiful

Condition described in detail:
The guitar is COMPLETELY handmade and is in very good condition. There are a few scuffs from finger strumming and there are three scratches on the left lower top of the guitar… these are not cracks! (see photos) They are in the finish and were simply scratches from the shipping company when the guitar was being originally wrapped. The reason for it is because it is french polished therefore even a small fingernail can scratch the finish. Guitar plays like a dream and sounds good. My only reason for selling is that I focus on Lute and Baroque double stringed guitar now. As is. No returns so ask any possible question you have.

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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic Spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by Tom Furnari » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:42 pm

Very interesting guitar! GLWTS
Tom
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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by powderedtoastman » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:29 pm

Looks very cool!
I would suggest stringing it up with Aquila Alabastro or Ambra and see how it sounds. In the video you provided it doesn't quite have the romantic guitar sound that I like to go after.. the strings may make a difference, I've never tried stringing mine up with the sort of strings you have there so I don't know if that would account for what I'm hearing or not hearing.

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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by jtres » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:01 pm

powderedtoastman wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:29 pm
Looks very cool!
I would suggest stringing it up with Aquila Alabastro or Ambra and see how it sounds. In the video you provided it doesn't quite have the romantic guitar sound that I like to go after.. the strings may make a difference, I've never tried stringing mine up with the sort of strings you have there so I don't know if that would account for what I'm hearing or not hearing.
It's simply a matter of the strings. I put new light gauge Labella 2001l black nylons strings on as they were laying around when a string broke on me. Here's a link to another Sapienza with the same exact bracing and construction without the unique adornments or friction peg tuners. With the right strings and recorder this is what it sounds like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fliL3yNhPqw

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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by powderedtoastman » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:47 am

Nice, that sounds really good! Surprise that the strings make that much of a difference but I guess it makes sense!
This is a very good bargain for that price, there are not usually many choices to get a romantic guitar in this price range other than an original from an unknown maker which may require a bit of work to get into shape.
If I wasn't already covered in the romantic guitar department I would jump on it.. hopefully you'll find a good home for it!

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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by Bill » Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:01 am

Very nice guitar & I would like to put in a good word for Fabrizio Sapienza. He is a traditionally trained European luthier who is a very skilled craftsman. Although very traditional, he has a great eye for design, and his work is impeccable.

I have included a couple of older photos of a carved jazz guitar he built in 1996 which is a work of art and a joy to play. It has since been set up with classical strings and is a wonderful tango/Brazilian guitar.

Thanks,

Bill
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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by Tom Wimsatt » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:56 pm

Wow those are some really nice looking guitars.

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Re: US $.1500 Fabrizio Sapienza Romantic spruce 2016, Buffalo NY

Post by jtres » Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:04 pm

Bill wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:01 am
Very nice guitar & I would like to put in a good word for Fabrizio Sapienza. He is a traditionally trained European luthier who is a very skilled craftsman. Although very traditional, he has a great eye for design, and his work is impeccable.

I have included a couple of older photos of a carved jazz guitar he built in 1999 which is a work of art and a joy to play. It has since been set up with classical strings and is a wonderful tango/Brazilian guitar.

Thanks,

Bill
Thanks for sharing your Sapienza guitar and experience.Very cool! I totally agree with you that his work is impeccable and he really makes every single guitar unique.

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