Stephen Frith

  • År: 2017
  • Mensur: 650/52 mm
  • Lock: Solid Gran (Moon spruce)
  • Sidor/Bakstycke: Solid Indisk Rosewood
  • Skick: A
  • Pris: På förfrågan

The English luthier Stephen Frith has been making guitars since 1979 and has studied under José Romanillos.

Stephen Frith är en av Englands mest erfarna byggare av klassiska gitarrer, med över 430 gitarrer i bagaget. Denna modell bygger på en Hauser 1936 och är väldigt lätt i konstruktionen, med tydliga influencer från José Romanillos. Faktum är att detta instrument, nummer 433, är mycket likt det Julian Bream spelade på i sina glansdagar. Gitarrens lock är stämt i F#, vilket ger ett härligt djup med en mjuk, rund och fyllig diskant. Utmärkande är även projektionen och jämnheten. Locket är av finaste Moon Spruce-gran från alperna och sidor och botten av vacker indisk rosewood. Gitarren är i nyskick och spelbarheten exemplarisk. Rodgers stämskruvar med pärlemorknoppar. Som kuriosa kan nämnas att just denna gitarr handplockades av den professionella gitarristen Paul Gregory, ägare av bland annat en Hauser II.

The story of the 1936 Hermann Hauser guitar
Of this Hermann Hauser model only two of its kind were built in 1936, it is accepted as the foundation for the quasi identically constructed 1937 Hermann Hauser guitar Andres Segovia played from 1937 to 1962 and which has been on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York since 1986. The design of the head reveals that it is the twin of the 1936 guitar, owned for many years by Julian Bream and documented in the collection catalogue, “Guitar Collection in Japan – 26 Classical Guitars 1831-1999”, of Japanese guitarist and collector Yoshihiro Hayashi. This catalogue also features a handwritten note by Julian Bream containing the following lines:

I acquired this instrument from the original owner for whom it was built. I played many of my recitals on this instrument between 1970 and 1973. It was also used for several of my recordings for R.C.A most notably by the Preludes by Villa-Lobos and my first recording with John Williams entitled “Together” – Julian Bream, Sept. 1993
On the 20th of September 2014, the chairman of the Hermann Hauser Guitar Foundation, Klaus Wolfgang Wildner, acquired this guitar from an 79 year old professor of medicine in Ferrara, Italy, who had kept it as an heirloom from his father. From 1962 to 2014, this guitar was stowed away in its original square case in the professor’s town house. His father didn’t play the guitar professionally, but was a great admirer of Andres Segovia and bought this instrument in 1956 in Siena through some connection to the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.
“The Accademia Chigiana is holy ground for guitarists. This is where Segovia taught Alirio Díaz, Oscar Ghiglia and John Williams (among many others) in the 1950’s and ’60’s.” – Eliot Fisk, 2017.

On one of the trips to Austria to select cut and split logs I was told a story by an Austrian in the music timber trade. An old folk lore about “moon wood”. It was very interesting and according to our friend “the time of year the tree is felled and converted gave the timber special qualities.” This time is during the spring equinox and with the new moon, I guess roughly Easter. He was telling me because this was exactly the logs we were converting. Recently, some players and dealers have asked about moon wood and what it is, and I was reminded of this folk tradition. Trying to rationalise the effect, maybe there is a gravitational field when the moon and the sun are to one side of the earth. A maximum distortion of the space time. Anyway I can’t pretend to understand; but there is no doubt that the wood I collected on those trips are the most musical in my woodstore, especially after natural seasoning 6 or 7 years. – Stephen Frith.