Acoustic Guitar Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Description: Acoustic Guitar for sale - Eugene Philp - 1993 (Smallman copy)
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I have a very good condition 1993 Eugene Philp for sale.
Eugene was Greg Smallmans ONLY apprentice apart from his sons, and his guitars are believed to be the closest copies to Smallman's guitars. The lattice bracing system and dimensions are all identical to Smallman and the sound carries the distinct tonal and volume qualities of a Smallman. Eugene began guitar making in 1984 and unfortunately died in the late 90s. Making his guitars extremely rare and hard to find.
This guitar has a very mature sound, with a beautiful cedar top, Brazillian rosewood back and sides.
It is very well balanced and has great projection. It's upper register is one of the best I have ever heard on a guitar. There is a lovely overall warmth to the sound, and it performs much better than other concert instruments I have played (Simon Marty, Paul Sheridan etc)
I have spent quite a bit of money in setting up the guitar to the best playability. The action is perfect. I even had a hand-crafted arm rest made and fitted by the renowned Australian luthier Graham Caldersmith. This armrest has definately increased the guitars volume and made it more comfortable to play.
The reason I am selling is because I need the money to purchase a Greg Smallman.
I believe that Eugene's guitars are the second best thing to an actual Smallman, and are one of the best guitars you can buy.
I have so far been using this guitar for my music degree at Melbourne University, where I study under Antony Field.
This guitar comes with a very beautiful hand-crafted Australian timber case, made by Eugene himself. I quite often was asked on trains about my guitar, because people were drawn in on the beauty of the wooden case.
I am sad to see this go, but I hope that someone can give it a good home.
If you want to hear a professional recording of Eugene's guitars, you can search for Rupert Boyd on youtube. He plays a 1993 Eugene Philp which is the same model and year as the one I am selling.
You can contact me for more photos/info and are welcome to come and play it anytime (If you're in Melbourne, Australia!)
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