1986 Cynthia H. Burton "Melissa" SP/MH
|Back & Sides||Mahogany|
|Scale Length||640 mm|
|Nut width||53 mm|
This guitar is no longer available in our inventory. If it interests you, click the ”notify me when available button” to be notified in the event that we re-acquire this guitar for re-sale.
Cynthia "(a.k.a. "Cyndy") Burton lives and works in Portland, Oregon with her partner Jeffrey Elliott. Although in recent years Cyndy has been focused on doing the French polishing on Jeff's guitars, she built guitars with her own label for nearly 30 years after several years of study, including attending the famous Jose Romanillos masterclasses in the 1980s. This guitar is as meticulously built as any guitar built by Jeff (who is famous for his exacting and precise woodworking skills) - and quite similar in design, based almost entirely on the Torres/Hauser design of 7 symmetrical fans and bridge patch. It even has the beautiful chip-carved rosette which provides a lovely three-dimensional relief in place of a traditional mosaic. Materials are stunning including a beautiful set of quilted mahogany for the back and sides. Sound is as exquisite as its appearance - silky trebles, smooth, sturdy basses and perfect balance and separation between voices. It's in amazing condition - no cracks or repairs. Fitted with custom Rodgers tuners (borrowing her asymmetrical head shape at the wings), this is a real "Rolls Royce" of a guitar - an absolute delight and joy to play, with a smooth and easy neck shape that is easy on the left hand (640 mm scale as well) with a quick and easy response that is easy on the right hand. Overall a very refined, extremely elegant instrument in every way. Cyndy's guitars almost never appear on the market, so this is very rare opportunity to own a fantastic example of her best work.