2020 Stephen Hill SP/ZR
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Typical of the 'Granada' style, this is a lightly built instrument with a big, punchy attack and very lively character of sound. It has lyrical trebles and plump, juicy basses. It's very sensitive to the touch and position of the hands and so has great color, dynamics and expression. The smoothly rounded neck is very comfortable and easy to play for virtually any hand type or size. For this guitar, Stephen chose a fine spruce top, and a set of stunning ziricote for the back and sides. Although he used his normal bracing system of 7 fans and a Bouchet-esque bridge bar, the lower harmonic bar is slit in 2 halfway along its length to give an asymmetric aspect to the thin spruce top. Stephen has implemented this new aspect to achieve more clarity and balance, as well as a great treble response and more open sensitive basses. Overall, a very versatile concert and recording guitar.Photos of this guitar taken during construction.