2017 Paolo Coriani "Simplicio" SP/SW
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This guitar by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani is an exquisitely made instrument in the style of Simplicio, based on Paolo having inspected, restored and studied many original Simplicio instruments over the course of his career. Although based on the dimensions and proportions of the originals (including the well-known asymmetrical 8-fan bracing system), Paolo has given this guitar his own aesthetic touches - rosette, headshape, etc. Playability is easy with a lovely, smooth neck. Materials are top-quality, and well-aged with a beautiful set of satinwood for the back and sides (our first from this maker), and the fit and finish of the guitar are extremely well done - the French polish has an almost mirror-like quality to it. True to the Simplicio style, this guitar has a deep bottom end and round, lyrical trebles. The sound also has a darkness and almost "antique-like" quality to it, which is in character with Simplicio. It also has plenty of power and projection, enough for any concert situation. A very fine concert instrument by any standard, this guitar will work beautifully in front of both microphone and audience of any sized venue.Photos of this guitar being built.Orfeo Magazine #13 – Lodi, Bottelli, Coriani, Peruffo