Thomas Humphrey "Millennium"

Details

Year: 1993 Top: Cedar
Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood Scale Length: 650 mm
Nut Width: 53 mm Finish: French Polish
Country: USA Condition: Excellent
Case: Yes Exchange Policy: ExchangePlus

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ITEM: 06741
AVAILABILITY: In Stock
Price: $12,000.00

Background

From the Russell Cleveland collection.

Description

This is a fine example of the famous "Millennium" model, which was pioneered by the late American builder, Thomas Humphrey, and played by countless concert artists over the past 2 decades, including Sharon Isbin, the Assads, Eliot Fisk, Ben Verdery and many others. The revolutionary design consisted in re-thinking the bracing of the soundboard with the purpose of increased transmission of tone, as well as playability - perhaps the most famous feature of this model is the elevated fingerboard, a practice which has been adopted by several other makers since Humphrey popularized it on the classical guitar scene. This example from 1993 has the trademark quality of tone known to Humphrey lovers - a powerful, "hollow" and very focused sound which makes these instruments particularly well-suited to the concert stage where added projection is welcomed by audience and player alike. Materials are striking - especially the lush set of CSA rosewood used for the back and sides. Yuris Zeltins recently did some minor repairs to some hairline (invisible) cracks in the top, otherwise the guitar is in excellent condition.