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1995 Otto Vowinkel "640" SP/IN

Year 1995
Top Spruce
Back & Sides Indian Rosewood
Scale Length 640 mm
Nut width 51 mm
Finish French Polish
Country Netherlands
Luthier Otto Vowinkel
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Description

This is a fantastic early Otto Vowinkel concert guitar. His instruments have always been among the more lightweight of anything in our inventory, likely the result of a slightly more compact body size and efficient use of materials. It is incredibly easy to play, ultra-responsive and very powerful. Workmanship is to the highest standards, giving this guitar a unique aesthetic flair. The design elements of this instrument are understated yet elegant with a rosette of concentric rings (which he still uses for his 2a models) with the same matching purflings in the tie block. The shellac finish, using the traditional French polish method, was done with great care and provides a beautiful luster to the finished instrument. This slightly more compact body size and shorter string length produce substantial volume production with little right hand effort, a plump and lively quality of tone – very lyrical and beautiful at the same time. This instrument has been owned and played for many years by the great concert artist George Sakellariou. Although used this guitar is in excellent condition with only minor wear in the finish.

Several concert/recording artists play Vowinkel guitars, including Denis Azabagic, Esther Steenbergen, and the Amsterdam Guitar Trio. Several competition winners play these instruments as well, including Tariq Harb (1st prize winner of the 2011 Barrios World Wide Web Competition and 2011 Montreal International Classical Guitar Competition), Chia-Wei Lin (a Taiwanese guitarist who recently won 1st prize at the Singapore International Guitar Competition) and Sanel Redzic (a young Bosnian guitarist who won the Vienna Competition and earlier this year, the Oberhausen Competition using a cedar Vowinkel).

Guitars by Otto Vowinkel