2018 Dominique Field SP/CSAR
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is France's top builder of his generation. His work is now universally regarded to be as important, innovative and timeless as his predecessors and colleagues, Robert Bouchet and Daniel Friederich. Field guitars have been played by some of the world's leading concert artists including Eduardo Isaac, Vladimir Mikulka, Julian Byzantine, Scott Tennant, Adam Holzman and the great flamenco artist, Vicente Amigo among others. More recently, several other top players have acquired Field instruments including Tal Hurwitz, Raphaël Feuillatre (winner of 2018 GFA competition), Agustin Maruri, Giampaolo Bandini and Jure Cerkovnik. Field's wait-list is currently 15 years, making new instruments of his virtually impossible to acquire. Despite this enormous demand, GSI is proud to be his exclusive world-wide dealer, receiving one instrument per year from him.
In our opinion, Field is simply one of the best makers in the world today. His instruments are meticulously built with a level of detail found in only an elite handful of other makers. As usual this instrument is built with a level of detail found in only an elite handful of other makers. His French polish has an almost mirror-like quality to it, it's simply remarkable just how clean the fit and finish of his instruments are. He has recently implemented a revised bracing system on the back and sides which distributes the tension to the sides (the sides also having 30 small vertical bars per side), and subsequently to the soundboard, resulting in increased clarity, punch and dynamic expression. The sound is very rarified and at the same time, extremely powerful. The tonal color palette is huge on this guitar and the dynamic range second to none. Aesthetically it is extremely refined in an understated way - from the shape of the plantilla, to the head carving to the intricate and elegant rosette. Overall a world-class instrument in every regard.
Luthier Bio: Dominique Field
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