Alastair McNeill 2008 SH Spruce/Indian Rosewood
Back and Sides Indian Rosewood
Width at nut 51mm
Scale length 65cm
Alastair, whose career now spans more than four decades, has long been one of our very favourite luthiers. He is now at the absolute height of his powers and present output represents his very best. Workmanship has always been of the highest order and this is combined with fine musical qualities and carefully attended comfortable playability.
Santos Hernandez was the Spanish master of the first half of the twentieth century and foreman of Manuel Ramirez's worship in 1916, the year of the construction of Andres Segovia's guitar. This instrument, which is in really excellent condition, is Alastair's Santos Hernandez model and has been constructed after detailed study of a very fine 1925 Santos that we loaned to Alastair. From its beautiful proportions to the intricately detailed rosette this has all been faithfully replicated.
What can I say? The guitar has arrived and is everything I expected it to be. Really it is hard to imagine how these guitars can be improved on but no doubt they do. Maybe next year I'll go in for his double top, it must be awesome! Thanks again.
Best regards, Robert, Isle of Lewis
Xuefei Yang, Chinese Concert Virtuoso
It is always a pleasure shopping at The Classical Guitar Centre. Great range of goods and friendly, knowledgeable service.