2002 Sebastian Stenzel SP/CSAR
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This instrument, built by German maker Sebastian Stenzel
, is very well-made in the traditional Spanish style of Torres. The body is compact but the sound is very big. It has crystal-clear trebles and tight, strong basses. This guitar has a vast range of modulation and sound colors and very good balance. Sound is rich and layered. Up front, there is a nice, crisp quality to the attack of every note which really helps give the instrument great clarity and separation. The "body" of the note that follows the attack is thick, full and "creamy" in character. So this combined sound has both big-bodied warmth and clear definition at the same time. Playability is superb, with excellent intonation - Stenzel uses the fret spacing techniques developed by engineer Ernst Frisch to provide the best intonation and playability possible. Although used, condition only has minor playing wear with no damage or repairs. Amazing materials including a dark, aged spruce soundboard and a dramatic set of CSA rosewood back and sides reminiscent of some Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" guitars with the contrasting lighter sap areas fusing into the darker heartwood. For aesthetic and tonal qualities, this is a first-rate concert instrument.
Luthier Bio: Sebastian Stenzel