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Thursday, November 05, 2009

I have recently bought a new classic guitar, an Alvaro 4000-EF (it's hand-crafted; you won't find it in the on-line catalog). It has an excellent sound and a very sensible microphone-pickup pair, which seems to be able to capture even the most subtle resonances.

I composed a small, slow tune exposing some of the resounding frequencies of this little marvel: Notturno sulla seconda corda.

Other than having a top notch professional sound quality, this guitar is also extremely playable; it just requires gentle touches for the barré to hold, and it's pretty forgiving about light pressures in difficult positions. Also, it responds pretty linearly to string touch; althoug it's easy to play it piano, it's easy to get clean fortissimos, and the expression range comes out pretty docile at the touch of the right hand nails.

Just, I got to find "its strings". Every guitar has its own strings. The "quality" of the strings is not always directly resulting in better sound on a given guitar; some even famous guitar find their mating strings in poor quality, low duration strings. It's a trial and error process.


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