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In Stock - SKU: GUCLSAV-08407 - Adrien Savary-Freestone

2022 Adrien Savary-Freestone "1917 Garcia" SP/CSAR

Year 2022
Top Spruce
Back & Sides CSA Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country France
Condition New
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$6,500.00

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Description

Built by French luthier Adrien Savary-Freestone, this guitar is made with European spruce for the soundboard, and a beautifully cut set of colorful CSA rosewood for the back and sides. This is THE actual award-winning classical guitar that Adrien showcased at the fifth Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain in August, 2022 and we are extremely thrilled to have this guitar here. It is based on the work of Enrique García, who is one of Adrien's favorite guitar builders for several reasons: the aesthetics, the quality of the woodwork, a beautiful plantilla, and of course, a rich, warm and incredibly complex sound. Specifically, Adrien has based this guitar on a 1917 Enrique García that he was able to examine in person in Paris, from the collection of Catherine Marlat. Like the original, it has an assymetrical 8-fan system (just like Garcia and later, his disciple Simplicio) with an extra bar on the treble side. The decorative appointments are classic Garcia as well including half-herringbone purfling used on the top, back, sides and head veneer as well as a bold rosette design of contrasting darks (brown/black) against lighter maple with full herringbone bands around the central mosaic. In the spirit of an authentic Garcia, this guitar has a deep, charming old-world voice with rich basses and round, lyrical trebles. Due to the extra bar on the treble side, it has improved focus and clarity in the upper voices. The comfortable neck shape and easy action make this a very fun guitar to play. Although an old-fashioned charmer in tone, it satisfies the needs of any modern player with plenty of power and projection, enough for any concert situation. Overall, a beautifully made and very impressive award-winning guitar!

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2022 Adrien Savary-Freestone "1917 Garcia" SP/CSAR

J.S. Bach's "Lute Suite in C-Minor: Gigue" played by Laurel Harned on a 2022 Adrien Savary-Freestone

Description

Built by French luthier Adrien Savary-Freestone, this guitar is made with European spruce for the soundboard, and a beautifully cut set of colorful CSA rosewood for the back and sides. This is THE actual award-winning classical guitar that Adrien showcased at the fifth Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain in August, 2022 and we are extremely thrilled to have this guitar here. It is based on the work of Enrique García, who is one of Adrien's favorite guitar builders for several reasons: the aesthetics, the quality of the woodwork, a beautiful plantilla, and of course, a rich, warm and incredibly complex sound. Specifically, Adrien has based this guitar on a 1917 Enrique García that he was able to examine in person in Paris, from the collection of Catherine Marlat. Like the original, it has an assymetrical 8-fan system (just like Garcia and later, his disciple Simplicio) with an extra bar on the treble side. The decorative appointments are classic Garcia as well including half-herringbone purfling used on the top, back, sides and head veneer as well as a bold rosette design of contrasting darks (brown/black) against lighter maple with full herringbone bands around the central mosaic. In the spirit of an authentic Garcia, this guitar has a deep, charming old-world voice with rich basses and round, lyrical trebles. Due to the extra bar on the treble side, it has improved focus and clarity in the upper voices. The comfortable neck shape and easy action make this a very fun guitar to play. Although an old-fashioned charmer in tone, it satisfies the needs of any modern player with plenty of power and projection, enough for any concert situation. Overall, a beautifully made and very impressive award-winning guitar!

Background

Adrien Savary-Freestone was born in Paris, France in 1992. His father was a music teacher, so Adrien had a close connection with music from birth. He started studying archeology at the Sorbonne in Paris, but soon realised he wanted to become an instrument maker. He visited Parisian luthiers, and following their advice, trained as a cabinetmaker at "La Bonne Graine", a school in Paris. His teachers were very enthousiastic about his work and encouraged him to continue. In 2014, Adrien graduated with a degree in Cabinet Making, then moved to Newark, U.K. to study guitar making. Under the guidance of his teachers James Lister and Adrien Lucas, he built his first instrument, a Spanish-style classical guitar. Although he learned how to make several types of instruments (classical guitars, acoustic guitars, violins, etc.), it was soon obvious that Spanish classical guitars were his favourite. Newark College was then part of the "Leonardo Project", a European program that aimed to use environmentally friendly local and renewable materials in guitar making rather than using exotic woods, such as rosewood and ebony. It was thanks to that project that Adrien met the Flemish master Walter Verreydt, one of the teachers at the "Centrum voormuziekinstrumentenbouw" (CMB) in Puurs, Belgium. After graduating from Newark, Adrien went to the CMB in Puurs and began working with Walter Verreydt and Dirk de Hertogh, specialising in both classical and historical instruments (lutes, theorbos, etc.). Back in France, he worked for the Parisian luthier Wolfgang Früh for one year, repairing and restoring lutes, baroque guitars and ouds. He opened his own independent workshop in Vincennes, France in 2021, where he mainly makes classical guitars based on famous models by renowned artisans such as Torres, García, Hauser and Bouchet. In August 2022, he entered the prestigious fifth Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition held in Granada, Spain where his "Enrique García" model took third prize.

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