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Sold - SKU: GUCLSTE-07721 - Annette Stephany

2021 Annette Stephany CD/AR

Year 2021
Top Cedar
Back & Sides African Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Germany
Condition Excellent
Exchange ExchangePlus
Luthier Annette Stephany
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$8,000.00

Description

This is a very exciting instrument that we originally received in 2021 from Annette who told us that this instrument is a slightly modified Manuel Ramirez model based on the original from 1910 owned by Annette’s mentor, Lorenzo Frignani. The soundboard is cedar and for the back and sides, Annette chose African rosewood. For the bracing, Annette used a 7+2 symmetrical system copied from the aforementioned Ramirez. Compared to the original, the sides are a little higher, the back is slightly more curved and the saddle is inlaid into the fingerboard – just like in Annette’s other guitars. Annette has also come up with a new rosette design with pearl ornaments and decorations kept in naturally fitting colors (green and brown). This design came to Annette’s mind when she was browsing through several photos of Santos Hernández guitars. Annette’s familiarity with Frignani’s original Ramirez guitar has proven advantageous in capturing the spirit of Manuel Ramirez guitars – a very natural, earthy quality of sound, lightly built which gives it a very quick, explosive attack, and rich warm sound with a lot of body. It also has great clarity/separation of voices and a surprising amount of volume. Although used, it is in excellent condition with only minor wear in the finish. This is a very versatile instrument which would be suitable for any style of music, for solo playing, or in ensemble.

Photos taken during construction of this guitar

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2021 Annette Stephany CD/AR

J.S. Bach's "Toccatta in E Minor, BWV 914: Adagio" played by Bryan Fasola on a 2021 Annette Stephany

Description

This is a very exciting instrument that we originally received in 2021 from Annette who told us that this instrument is a slightly modified Manuel Ramirez model based on the original from 1910 owned by Annette’s mentor, Lorenzo Frignani. The soundboard is cedar and for the back and sides, Annette chose African rosewood. For the bracing, Annette used a 7+2 symmetrical system copied from the aforementioned Ramirez. Compared to the original, the sides are a little higher, the back is slightly more curved and the saddle is inlaid into the fingerboard – just like in Annette’s other guitars. Annette has also come up with a new rosette design with pearl ornaments and decorations kept in naturally fitting colors (green and brown). This design came to Annette’s mind when she was browsing through several photos of Santos Hernández guitars. Annette’s familiarity with Frignani’s original Ramirez guitar has proven advantageous in capturing the spirit of Manuel Ramirez guitars – a very natural, earthy quality of sound, lightly built which gives it a very quick, explosive attack, and rich warm sound with a lot of body. It also has great clarity/separation of voices and a surprising amount of volume. Although used, it is in excellent condition with only minor wear in the finish. This is a very versatile instrument which would be suitable for any style of music, for solo playing, or in ensemble.

Photos taken during construction of this guitar
Background
Annette Stephany became fascinated with luthery at the age of 14 when she met a violin maker, and her father who was very handy introduced her to working with wood. At the age of 21, after high school and some travel, she enrolled in the Luthier School in Mittenwald (Kathrin Hauser happens to have been there at the same time) and completed her course three years later. While at school she worked for the harp maker Eric Kleinmann, from Rangendingen near Stuttgart, and as soon as she finished school she went to apprentice with Italian luthier Lorenzo Frignani in Modena, Italy. She had met Frignani at the Frankfurt Music Fair while at school and had immediately fallen in love with his instruments. She worked out of Frignani’s shop until 2013 (with a one-year interruption, during which she did a restoration course in Bernhard Kresse’s workshop at Cologne). In 2014 she moved to Cologne where she shared a shop with Kresse. She now works on her own in Schweinfurt, Germany.

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