My new guitar was a 60th birthday gift from my wonderful wife. She ordered it from Stephen Eden last September and it arrived a few days ago. I've spent much of the time since getting to know it.
It is a spruce topped classical with cocobolo back and sides. The tuners are Alesi. The first thing I noticed about the guitar was its light weight. The woods are beautiful, with nice features, for instance in the headstock, and the attractive modern rosette. It is lightly French polished to a satin sheen, so it looks great.
To play, it is very easy. There is a clarity to the notes with a well-developed ringing sustain. Individual notes in chords are well separated. The tones of the basses seem nicely consistent with the tones of the trebles. The instrument seems well in tune with itself - by that I mean that notes seem to ring clear and true without spurious harmonics, and, although it is still needing frequent re-tuning, the strings seem to be detuning at the same rate. The tuners are easy to adjust.
I was afraid, from what I had read, that the clarity of the guitar would highlight my poor technique by making my mistakes clearer. In fact I seem to be making fewer mistakes! My ligado, barre, etc are clearer and I make fewer slips. My note changes are less noisy, and my position changes sound smoother.
So I'm delighted with my new friend and looking forward to a long and productive relationship with it.
2010 Stephen Eden spruce/cocobolo classical guitar
2012 Stephen Eden cedar/IRW classical guitar