2010 Stephan Connor (ex Grisha Goryachev) SP/CSAR
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Steve Connor's guitars have become very popular over the last decade with many top concert artists seeking maximum power while retaining a natural, traditional quality of sound. So no double-top or lattice bracing here - rather an all-solid top with 5 fans and 4 transverse braces between the lower harmonic bar and foot. It also features an elliptical-shaped soundport on the bass side rib which both sends more sound to the player as well as affects the projected sound towards the audience. The guitar indeed is tremendously powerful making it a real players instrument (it also boasts 22 frets - a high D natural!) and would have no problem in any concert setting imaginable - either solo or in ensemble. This guitar has been owned by Grisha Goryachev who acquired it during his "classical" studies at Yale under Eliot Fisk, however recently Grisha has migrated back to an exclusively "flamenco" career, hence his selling of this guitar. It is incredibly well-built, with a beautiful and tasteful rosette and gorgeous materials - bearclaw spruce for the soundboard and an exquisite set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides.