Concert Classical Guitar
650mm scale with 52.5mm nut width
European spruce top
Bosnian quilted maple back & sides
Spanish cedar neck with ebony fingerboard worked according to Frisch/Stenzel-method
Madagascar rosewood bridge & headstock veneer
Body of the guitar is inlayed with meander purflings made from radially cut wood
Hand made rosette with matching tie block & 12 hole attachments
Alessi tuning machines with ebony knobs
Special French polish finishing
Guitars weight is 1.475 kg / 3.20 lbs
Body length 48.5 cm / 19.09″
Lower bout 36.8 cm / 14.49″
Upper bout 28 cm / 11.22″
Body depth 10 cm / 3.19″
Hiscox liteflite ProII case included
Sebastian Stenzel has been making guitars since 1989 when he began his apprenticeship at Gert Esmyol’s workshop. He completed this apprenticeship in 1991 and focused on developing his personal guitar model. In 1996, he finally opened his own workshop in Munich. Shortly afterwards, in 1998, he was awarded the Bavarian Government’s Master’s Prize as part of his Master’s degree. As a “guitar making theory” professor, he has been teaching at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 2002. Since 2011, he has been working in his workshop in Emmendingen.
Following his ideal of sound, he builds guitars that “have sonorous, floating basses, a warm, creamy mid-range and lyrical, singing trebles. The sound should offer the musician all possibilities of sound shaping and dynamics, without being obtrusive.” (Quote: S. Stenzel)Sebastian Stenzel’s guitars are outstanding works of art. They possess all the essential elements to be considered “the best guitar one ever played.” His guitars are built with the highest precision of craftsmanship and artistic acoustic quality, which makes them one-of-a-kind instruments to play and look at.
This wonderful instrument, number 225 built in 2019, has Sebastian’s favorite wood combinations: Bear Claw spruce for the soundboard combined with a Bosnian quilted maple set for the back and sides.
This combination helps Sebastian to achieve his ideal tone.
“This guitar is a near-perfect expression of the sound I want to build.”
The volume of this guitar can easily match other modern construction instruments, yet without losing its naturality of tone. Its outstanding balance makes it remarkably easy to play and translate the guitarist’s musical ideas flawlessly.
Here are a few words by Sebastian Stenzel on his guitar:
“This guitar is an example of what I do when all specifications are left to me. Its sound is as close to my sound ideal as it can be: powerful yet lyrical with singing trebles, a deep bass rich in overtones, crisp yet warm. A timbre that reacts to the slightest change in the angle of your finger. A huge dynamic range and enormous richness of sound colors.
This guitar, of course, has all features every Stenzel guitar has:
• improved intonation through the Frisch/Stenzel method
• double-warped fingerboard for improved playability
• asymmetrical neck shape for improved ergonomics
• a second dimension of asymmetry in the soundboard construction
• authentic French Polish with my own varnish
I want my guitars to be heirloom pieces, and I hope they will still be played 150 years from now. To improve the longevity, I have developed a special varnish for the inside of the soundboard, which reduces stress through climatic changes without compromising the sound.”