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maandag 5 mei 2008

(S.Sgroi) Silvestri guitars / Takeharu GT 500 classical guitar



In fact the first Silvestri I've came across. As you can't
hold everything you get your hands on, it has been sold
and in fact I was completely forgotten it!


In fact a very odd model with those two small holes in 
the soundboard on either side of the big soundhole.


The rosewood sides in the lower bout makes it
special as well. It has been supported with a tail-
piece so this was in fact suited for metal strings.


A black painted neck and head but probably still
reinforced with a central placed rosewood inlay.


Another feature that allways is there: The black
cloth piece for dampening the strings.


I haven't been able to find a label but I think this model
to be quite a bit older than the model here beyond. So
my guess is it could be an Ermelinda Silvestri guitar.


This model is presented here in its' unrestored condition.
As the bridge hasn't been properly reglued the soundboard
can be relaquered as well. The kind of lacquer used here
"cristallizes"  over the years and can be easily removed.


The inlay around the soundhole and along the edges
is all made of wood so no stickers and the fingerboard
has been cleaned allready here as are the frets.


As the frets are showing some file traces a 
leveling job in fact was necessary as well.


The so called "zero"  fret I left untreated. The neck could 
have been relacquered as well as this kind of varnish used 
tend to colour the neck in an ugly way but I just left it there.


This label has been used by Ermelinda Silvestri as well.
I don't know about the small label underneath it where
Silvestri states it to be built in the Spanish way. What has
been ment by that remains a mistery as the so called Spanish 
fan bracing simply isn't there: There are two transverse bars
between the bridge and the soundhole and a kind of a 
wooden bridgeplate underneath the bridge.


The bare wood that has been cleaned allready as is
the rosette here. Securely flattening out the bridge
area is a must for a tight fit for the bridge on the 
soundboard. The soundboard is solid spruce. Back 
and sides are made out of mahogany. A rosewood
bridge and fingerboard have been mounted on
this guitar that has a 645 mm scale.




Takeharu GT 500




These Takeharu guitar has been built with the utmost
care and a lot of information can be found on the
internet regarding this brand. Still affordable but
for how long?? Cedar topped and sides and back
are made out of Brazillian rosewood (veneered)



 A picture of the stunning back. Also the ebony reinforcement
can be seen on this picture. Beautiful straight neck!


The head that hasn't got any flaws.

The label that has been signed by star classical guitar
player Yamamoto. The Kiso Suzuki company built
this beautiful instrument. Just take a look at Harmony
Central User reviews to see what owners have to
say and think about their Suzuki or Takeharu.


The sides that beautifully match the back.
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