2004 Joshua French SP/CSAR
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This very unique guitar is from Texas guitar maker Joshua French. Known for his use of a tornavoz (an internal cone attached to the soundhole, often made of metal), French builds a very charming Torres-inspired guitar. According to French, the tornavoz helps his guitars achieves the clarity, depth and projection he desires.
This 2004 example, named "La Aripuana", features a brass tornavoz and a spruce top provided by Austrian guitar maker Tobias Braun. It has very dramatic and heavy "bear-claw" figuring, and is simply stunning to view from various angles, similar in ways to quilted maple. French says that the CSA rosewood has been aged for over 50 years. It is deep red in color, with a few areas of sapwood. While the guitar has modern accents of snakewood throughout (rosette, head veneer, etc), it is also contrasted with a more traditional herringbone design in the rosette and outer purfling.
The sound is very old-fashioned, deep and charming. The basses are punchy and dense, while trebles are crisp and lyrical. Condition is excellent, with only minor signs of playing wear. A truly unique and striking guitar, and an excellent value.