Matt Rubendall Classical Guitar (2021)

Matt Rubendall  Classical Guitar  (2021)
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Matt Rubendall Classical Guitar (2021), made in Brooklyn, NY, French polish finish, Ziricote back and sides, Alpine spruce top; mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, Bam Hitech hard shell case.

This lovely very modern classical was handmade right here in Brooklyn; it is beautifully crafted with a well balanced sound and excellent projection. The guitar is a development of the Humphrey Millenium design with a "negative" neck angle. It is built with Ziricote back and sides with some fantastic graining, Alpine spruce top and mahogany neck with a dark ebony fingerboard. It has an adjustable neck angle and small port in the upper side; the asymmetrical bridge is made with a compensated saddle for more precise intonation.

All the binding, decorations and rosette are wood; the headstock features a distinctive circular cutout decoration. The finish is a very nicely applied French polish, gloss on the body and matte on the neck. This is a superb player's concert instrument, a splendid if rather non-traditional design with this maker's distinctive character in spades.

This is how Matt Rubendall describes his instruments: " approach combines modern and traditional elements of guitar construction, I rely on hand tools and traditional methods whenever possible, even when it lengthens the process. My standard model loosely recalls the body style of a Herman Hauser I. I use elevated fretboards for playing comfort and stability, and compensated nuts and saddles to keep my instruments playing perfectly in tune. I handcraft the rosettes and decorative details that are unique to each guitar, and finish every instrument with the French polish technique.

The overall sound quality I'm looking to achieve is based on balance. I want to have a piano like openness with a consistent note quality between each string. I'm more concerned with the musicality of the notes rather than building merely for loudness for its own sake. Using these tools along with a personalized approach to wood choices and playing style I can achieve a wide tonal palette while maintaining my own sound."

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Overall length is 38 7/8 in. (98.7 cm.), 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 3/16 in. (640 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.).

Although a fairly recent build this guitar has been used for concert performances so has seen some play time. It shows some light typical wear to the very thin finish most notably the top, has some small finger marks including dings and dents mostly on the lower half. The bottom rim has small dinks and scratching, the rest of the finish is quite clean. The back was recently French polished by the maker to remove some marks caused by reaction to a rest and the tuners upgraded, other than these it remains as built. This guitar offers exceptional playability and a powerful yet sweet sound, and is ready to tour housed in a modern lightweight Bam travel case. Overall Excellent Condition.