George Crocket wrote: ↑Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:26 pmMy 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.
George Crocket wrote: ↑Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:39 pmI still play this guitar almost every day. It certainly shows some wear, but it still sounds great. It still gets admiring glances. It projects well. I love it.
A couple of years after I got the guitar I (sorry, my wonderful wife) commissioned a cedar/rosewood model from Stephen in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. The big advantage is that both guitars are almost identical in size, shape, weight, construction, playability. They look a little different in colour; the cedar top is a bit more delicate, and therefore easily marked; they sound a little different in that the spruce is probably brighter, "sharper", and heavier in the bass. So the cedar is maybe warmer and muddier in tone with a more integrated range of sound. Initially I played the cedar for routine practice while using the spruce for ensemble/orchestra rehearsals, lessons and performances. Latterly my teacher advised me to stick to one, for consistency - I chose the spruce. Now, though, I am playing both again.
I do wish I had a reason for commissioning another guitar, but I really cannot justify it. I am more than happy with what I've got.
The Cadenza would be good but I think you'll eventually regret not getting the full-fat Eden.
Oh I do, I do , I do........ but there's always a but.....Guitar-ded wrote: ↑Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:13 pmThe Cadenza would be good but I think you'll eventually regret not getting the full-fat Eden.
Bite the bullet man, and just do it. Today, before you overthink it. You know you want to.
What would be the difference sonically between the Cadenza and the regular Eden?
This is a new model to me. This one was the first and was only finished around this time last year. I have made 4 since with another 3 on the way. There will be a Spruce version available to try at the end of April and perhaps a Cedar model for sale by August. I could P.M you a review of the guitar that Jacob sent me recently if you like?