Michael F. Lazar
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Used 2005 Spruce Top/ East Indian Rosewood $3,000 

Materials:

Spruce Top

East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides 

Spanish Cedar Neck

Ebony Fret Board

East Indian Rosewood Bridge

Laminated Ash Linings

Nickel Silver Frets

 Gotoh Premium Tuners  

Bone Nut and Saddle

Design:

665 mm scale

54 mm nut width  

Elevated Fret board Spanish heel architecture

John Gilbert style Top bracing

Fully Compensated nut and saddle

12 Hole bridge tie block

French Polish

   This is a "Segovia sized " guitar. It was commissioned in 2005 by Andres Saborio a young professional guitarist resident in Costa Rica who had just attained his performance degree at the University in Bloomington Indiana. Studies in guitar were headed up by Ernesto Bitteti, a world renowned guitar performer and teacher from the generation following Segovia. Andres used this guitar in concerts for 5 years primarily throughout Central and South America and secondarily in the USA and Europe. In 2010 I offered to provide him with a new guitar of a different design in exchange for this one. He continues to use that guitar to this day.

When I got the guitar back from Andres, it sold almost immediately to a local person who kept it for 12 years. He would like to sell it now as he no longer plays classical guitar so he brought it to me for consignment.

The guitar is in very good condition for it's age with no serious gouges or cracks. There is one very shallow string ding behind the bridge at the first string There are many other marks on the guitar but all are very shallow. I could easily bring it into pristine condition with and over-polish but that would add $300 to the price. It had a very nice "vintage" well cared for but also well played look as it is. I should also mention that there is no visible fret wear.

The guitar is a concert capable instrument and it sounds very much like an old John Gilbert guitar. Here is a a couple of links to a 2007 live recording of a concert with this guitar. The quality of the recordings are not great but it does provide some sense of what the guitar can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynMQZb87CAI&list=RDynMQZb87CAI&index=2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTVz0Ex80mc

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New 2021 Spruce Top/ East Indian Rosewood Friederich Replica $6,000

 

 

Materials:

Spruce Top

East Indian Rosewood Back and Sides 

Honduran Mahogany Neck

African Ebony Fret Board

East Indian Rosewood Bridge

Laminated Ash Linings

Nickel Silver Frets

Rubner Roller Tuners  

Bone Nut and Saddle

Bone Tie Block Edging 

Design:

650 mm scale

52 mm nut width  

Daniel Friederich Style Doubled Sides

Daniel Friederich Style Top bracing

Fully Compensated nut and saddle

12 Hole bridge tie block

French Polish

This guitar is highly inspired by Daniel Friederich's work and is close to being an exact copy. Slight variances include the 12 hole bridge and 20th fret on the treble side. The Friederich  inspired top bracing continues to yield excellent results in terms of tone, balance, sustain, volume and projection. These guitars are generating some of my best results.  It may be interesting to note that genuine Friederich guitars incorporating the same materials sell for $30,000 and up.

I recently built a similar instrument for a player in Iowa who has a Michael O'leary, Smallman style lattice guitar from Ireland and a Manuel Velazquez Hauser style. He wanted a Friederich style guitar and decided to commission one from me. After his 14 day trial, he wrote the following:

]"The guitar has really opened up from a lot of playing! The tone, clarity or separation, the sustain, the balance and the projection/volume are all superb! The voices blend well and maintain clarity. The bass has "presence" and the trebles sing. I really hear all the characteristics of a D. Friederich guitar. I have heard several Friederich guitars and a few performers allowed me to play theirs. I just can't tell you enough about how you have gone beyond all of my expectations."

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