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2021 Darragh O'Connell CD/IN

Year 2021
Top Cedar
Back & Sides Indian Rosewood
Scale Length 650 mm
Nut width 52 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Belgium
Condition New
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$8,000.00

Description

We met Swiss guitar builder Darragh O'Connell at the 3rd International "Antonio Marin Montero" Guitar Building Competition in Granada, Spain in 2019, where he took first prize. And this guitar which he built for us has everything and more that we heard in the award-winning instrument. Built to the same specs as the guitar in Granada, it's made with cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The top has a 7 fan bracing system (the middle 5 in spruce and the outer 2 in cedar) with a transverse bar under the bridge. The sides are also laminated internally with mahogany. Although Darragh's influences are many, we see (and hear) in this instrument a clear connection to the work of Daniel Friederich. The thick, resonant, cathedral-like resonance of cedar Friederich guitars is present, but at the same time, it is blended with a more lightweight feel, quick, snappy attack and lightning-fast response in all registers. It has a rich variety of tonal colors, which for a cedar top is difficult to achieve, and yet still has a rich overtone content typical of cedar. Darragh's aesthetic is also exceptionally beautiful, his refined and tasteful inlay work in the rosette and tie-block is meticulously executed and blends naturally with the rest of the materials in the instrument. Overall a superb instrument in every way. We look forward to many more of his guitars in the future!

Photos of this guitar taken during construction.

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2021 Darragh O'Connell CD/IN

Julio César Oliva's "Tisú" performed by Giovanni Piacentini on a 2021 Darragh O’Connell

Description

We met Swiss guitar builder Darragh O'Connell at the 3rd International "Antonio Marin Montero" Guitar Building Competition in Granada, Spain in 2019, where he took first prize. And this guitar which he built for us has everything and more that we heard in the award-winning instrument. Built to the same specs as the guitar in Granada, it's made with cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. The top has a 7 fan bracing system (the middle 5 in spruce and the outer 2 in cedar) with a transverse bar under the bridge. The sides are also laminated internally with mahogany. Although Darragh's influences are many, we see (and hear) in this instrument a clear connection to the work of Daniel Friederich. The thick, resonant, cathedral-like resonance of cedar Friederich guitars is present, but at the same time, it is blended with a more lightweight feel, quick, snappy attack and lightning-fast response in all registers. It has a rich variety of tonal colors, which for a cedar top is difficult to achieve, and yet still has a rich overtone content typical of cedar. Darragh's aesthetic is also exceptionally beautiful, his refined and tasteful inlay work in the rosette and tie-block is meticulously executed and blends naturally with the rest of the materials in the instrument. Overall a superb instrument in every way. We look forward to many more of his guitars in the future!

Photos of this guitar taken during construction.
Background
Darragh O'Connell was born in Sion, Switzerland in 1984. He grew up in a small village in the Alps surrounded by a spruce forest that he treated as his second home. Since a very young age, he’s always had a great interest in nature and woodworking. When Darragh was 17, he developed his passion for classical guitar through contact with guitarists whom he met during his trip to Latin America. This motivated him to learn how to play the guitar. Once back in Switzerland, he realized that he wants to be a professional classical guitar builder. However, learning lutherie in Switzerland was challenging since it was difficult to find a teacher there. Therefore, he followed the advice of a luthier and began his journey with solid 4-year training in cabinetmaking (eventually, he also became a teacher of cabinetmaking). The turning point came in 2013 when he met Dieter Hillewaere, a Belgian luthier who moved to the area where Darragh lived. In his workshop, he rediscovered his passion for the profession that always fascinated him. He learned from him about a musical instrument building school, the CMB, in Puurs – a small village in Flanders, Belgium. Over there he found excellent training which started in 2015. Darragh was fortunate to learn for 4 years under the tutelage of great luthiers such as Karel Dedain and Walter Verreydt. They introduced him to the traditional Spanish construction methods with an open mind to other techniques. This allowed him to build guitars of very high quality very quickly. Additionally, Darragh was also exposed to many historical guitars that he was able to learn from. He made copies of masters such as Torres, Robert Bouchet, and Daniel Friederich. During his apprenticeship, Darragh was able to quickly set up his own workshop and accept first orders. In 2019 he officially completed his training and decided to participate in the prestigious Antonio Marin Montero Guitar Making Competition in Granada, where he won the first prize. In 2020, Darragh opened a workshop in Brussels. In his daily practice, he pays attention to every detail in order to build a great instrument in terms of quality, playing comfort, sound, and aesthetics.

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