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Gropp Artist Model Classical Guitar

£2,699.00£2,999.00 incl. VAT

Armin Gropp makes fewer than  12 guitars per year. He does not release them until they stood under his watchful eye for a month or so to make sure all was well.

The guitars we have are both numbered and signed by him.

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Description

Number 953 with Cocobolo back and sides, cedar soundboard and oval soundhole. And also number 945 with rosewood back and sides, spruce soundboard and round soundhole.

Typically woods used are 30 or more years old! Together they combine to give the instrument its very rich, but I think distinctively German tonality. To my imagination, the rich tonewoods generate a slightly dark reverberation – the aural version of continental chocolate perhaps!!

Gropp styling is distinctive: the soundhole has a minimalist “rosette” or even just a plain circle and this is in total contrast to the intricate marquetry used for the purfling and decoration of the back. Armin’ Gropp’s visual style I admit generates a “love it or hate it” reaction, I am in the former camp myself.

The finish too is characteristic of Armin Gropp. French polished to a semi-matt deep sheen with the open pore effect on the wood of the sides and back.

I find you have to be dragged away from these instruments once you start playing. A guitar guaranteed to stimulate and challenge its owner for years to come.

There are discreet but useful position markers at frets 5 7 and 9.

The guitar has a comfortable neck profile, slightly flattened at the back, and an almost imperceptable curvature of the fingerboard.

The guitar comes in its own hard case included in the price along with a few essential extras.

We have an article on the Gropp father and son team of master luthiers.

Model Concert Classical Guitar, Artist Model Concert Classical Guitar, Artist Model
Luthier Armin Gropp (individually signed and numbered) Armin Gropp (individually signed and numbered)
Number 953 945
Back Wood / Age Cocobolo app. 30 years Indian Rosewood app. 30 years
Sides Wood / Age Cocobolo app. 30 years Solid Indian Rosewood app. 30 years
Soundboard Wood / Age Cedar app. 30 years Solid Spruce app. 30 years
Soundboard grade 1 A (for Artist models) 1 A (for Artist models)
Soundboard Slightly arched Slightly arched
Soundhole Oval Round
Binding / purfling Indian rosewood / Marquetry inlay Indian rosewood / Marquetry inlay
Rosette Plain, double oval Strip: Indian rosewood / Cedar/ Indian rosewood Hand-made
Finish French polish (semi matt finish) French polish (semi matt finish)
Fingerboard wood Ebony Ebony
Fingerboard Slightly curved Slightly curved
Bridge saddle construction Two part bone saddle Two part bone saddle
Bridge wood Brazilian Rosewood Brazilian Rosewood
Bridge 12-hole tie-block. 12-hole tie-block.
Neck wood Mahogany Mahogany
Neck to body join Spanish style Spanish style
Head stock Carved and joined to neck in the Gropp style of German dovetail. Carved and joined to neck in the Gropp style of German dovetail.
Head wood Mahogany Mahogany
Head veneer Cocobolo Rosewood
Tuners “Rubner”, Germany, model “Gropp” “Rubner”, Germany, model “Gropp”
Position markers Discreet makers at frets 5 7 and 9 Discreet makers at frets 5 7 and 9
Scale length 650mm 650mm
Number of frets 20 20
Nut Hand-carved bone Hand-carved bone
Neck width / string spacing at nut 53mm 43mm 52mm 43mm
Neck width at 12th fret 63.5mm 63mm
Overall length / body length 975mm 475mm 982mm 472mm
Body widths (upper bout / waist / lower bout) 273mm 235mm 366mm 271mm / 238mm / 366mm
Body depth 87 – 92 mm 86 – 92mm
Case Hard hand-made case included Hard hand-made case included
Strings maker / type Savarez / Corum Alliance, high tension Savarez / Corum Alliance, high tension

Prices to 07/02/2020: Artist in Cedar+Cocobolo £3499; Artist in Spuce+Rosewood £3149. 1 clasp on th Spruce+Rosewood hard case is binding.

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Back and sides + Soundboard + Soundhole

Cocobolo back and sides Cedar soundboard Oval soundhole, Indian Rosewood back and sides Spruce soundboard Round soundhole