Description: Acoustic Guitar - 1998 Stephin Frith Classical
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Luthier: Stephen Frith
Top: Solid Cedar
Back & Sides: Rio Rosewood
Fret Board: Dark Ebony
Condition: Very good with some slight play wear to sound board.
This guitar was designed and hand-built by Stephen to celebrate the birth of his first granddaughter named ‘Elise’ so, as you would imagine, as well as time, experience, knowledge...a lot of emotion was put into the construction of this guitar.
It has a slightly smaller body and is very comfortable to move about the fret board. A scale and nut which sits well with most players.
A well balanced guitars constructed of high quality woods which has wonderful tone about it.
Aesthetically very pleasing to the eye and it is clear from first sight that this guitar design was well thought out.
An amazing guitar at a fantastic price!!
Stephen Frith is an English based luthier who has throughout the years proven himself to be amongst the very best. A guitar maker with passion and skill set who has designed and created by hand fine classical guitars which have caught the attention of many great players and luthiers alike.
Like most reputable luthiers Stephen began his career as a carpenter. It was after exhibiting his work at the Royal Festival Hall that Stephen was recognized as a fine worker of woods and so was invited to research the classical guitar at the london College of Furniture, which is now part of the London Guildhall University. It was here in 1979 that Stephen Frith made his first guitar.
After discovering a research paper written by Stephen, the Institute of Musical Instrument Technology published his paper for all to read. Soon after he was awarded a Higher Diploma of L.C.F ( four year course of study of Modern Fretted Instrument Technology) by the Instuture for his work and invited to join.
Under the guidance of Herbert Swartz and Michael Gee, Stephen made a record number of guitars, which has still not been exceeded and he gained many distinctions in his course work.
In 1998 Stephen began making his guitars from his home on a professional basis and at the same time he continued to hone his skills in classical guitar playing under the guidance of one of UK’s most reseprected, experienced and exciting young players -Paul Gregory.
Stephen has continued to develop his skills in this field as a luthier and has designed and hand made over 200 different models based on the Spanish solera method,arching, the Torres back attachment, Hauser design and influences from repairs of great guitars. His latest model 4 design being based on the Torres model.
Stephen continues to build his quality guitars, but now less frequent.
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