Our last crush: a lattice guitar with a loud and natural sound. This lattice guitar No 56 is similar to the No 50 & 48 and is the brand new model from Andreas Madimenos – Greece. The objective was to create a loud and highly musical guitar that could easily compete with Greg Smallman’s guitars. The least that we can say is that this No 50 is highly above many great concert lattice guitars. You should watch Philippe’s review and the comparison video that we made with a 2014 Greg Smallman guitar and the last No 50 we had. The Greg Smallman’s guitars are huge guitars but the Madimenos is not so far.
This No 56 – like the No 50 & 48 – from 2023 is completely different from the one we had before. Andreas has changed the back and sides, the top thickness, implemented some balsa, plays with some carbon and put a big frame inside the guitar. The guitar puts on weight by more than one kilo. it is not a Greg Smallman’s copy but Andreas’ own lattice guitar design.
We have been blown away by the sound quality of his new guitar which surely will count among the next great concert guitars: warm tone, loud, thick trebles with a lot of tone colors. The playability is perfect and the craftsmanship is wonderful with high attention to detail. Last but not least, the guitar is available at a very reasonable price.
The guitar is beautiful with a lot of purflings and inlays. The guitar has a Shellac polish. Watch the review video if you want to be convinced by the quality.
Here are some technical specs on the guitar:
- Lattice braced with cedar top
- Balsa and carbon
- Alessi, the carbon plate model
- Laminated back and sides with inside Venge and outside 2mm thick ovangkol
- weight : 3,3 kg
Here are some information borrowed from Andreas’ website :
Andreas Madimenos was born in 1984 in Athens, Greece. At the age of 7, he started playing guitar and later on he completed his music studies. During this time, he also managed to study in Athens University of Economics and Business, earning his Bachelor and Master Degree in Financial sector.
From a very young age Andreas was interested in crafts by wood and on 2014 his passion for guitars led him to Pavlos Gypas workshop.
Andreas Madimenos is a guitar luthier who builds on his own designs and patented structures, utilizing techniques and thoughts of master luthiers. His guitars are made using modern materials and techniques. He gives great attention to detail, on his way to achieve a high-quality instrument. The whole guitar construction (soundboard design, back and sides construction, rosette) is made according to the preferences of each player. All guitar parts are handmade, while Andreas maintains one of the most complete and sophisticated workshops of musical instruments in Greece. His guitars are distinguished by their ease of play, modern, precise and powerful sound.
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