This n° 174 from Martin Blackwell is using Nomex for its top unless the latest 2 guitars that we received from Martin. The results is great , the same thickness, the same loudness but with a little bit of brightness in the notes. This double-top produces fat and creamy notes and as well a long sustain with huge overtones, the sustain is long. A must.
Simply one of the best double-tops !
We are proud to introduce in Europe this young master of double-tops. Among the young and talented classical guitar makers from Canada, Martin Blackwell is offering classical guitars with a consistent standard of excellence, found in their depth of tone, balance, and playability. His double-tops are very responsive and powerful opening up a great dynamic range with excellent sustain and wonderful evenness and separation.
Martin Blackwell do not produce double-tops but wonderful classical guitars which happen to be double-tops. When we first contact Martin, here is what he said on this classical guitar making : “my philosophy is to use the double-top technology to basically make a really great traditional sounding guitar. A classical guitar with a more powerful sound, more resonance, more presence. A more complete classical guitar which is a full concert guitar but which also has the subtlety to sound great in the living room as well. I don’t want to get away from the beauty of the traditional tonality. Because of this I know there are other double-tops and lattice classical guitars which are louder than what I am building. The best response which I get consistently from good players is that the guitar just sounds like a really good classical guitar and not necessarily a double top.”
Here is what guitarists said on his double-tops :
– “Full and sweet singing tone , extremely full basses and great balance” D. Bolshoy
– “Responsive and esay to play with a magical combination of the power of a modern guitar with the palette and nuance of a traditionnal guitar” M.Partington
– “The sound is natural, pure and musical, the sustain incredible full of harmonics” P.Marion
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