|* SOLD * New Milagro Master 10S-EQ Classical 10-String Harp Guitar * SOLD *
High-End Concert Classical with Several Innovative Custom Features
Up for consideration is a brand new Milagro 10-String model from luthier/designer Neris Gonzalez, the Master 10S-EQ Classical Harp Guitar. This guitar is the answer to several customer requests for a high-end model -- made from the best quality tonewood available -- with the addition of several custom features, such as the arm rest bevel, and biteaway / cutaway for easy higher register access, and an onboard Fishman Presys pickup.
The guitar uses the finest tonewoods available anywhere, and produces a true concert sound, with excellent playability and the added comfort of the armrest bevel, biteaway, and natural quality amplified from the Fishman Presys pickup.
“This is a customer opinion of the Milagro Master 10S-EQ. It’s broken into a brief three parts, the tangible, the somewhat tangible, and the intangible. There are no unnecessary platitudes, but subjective adjectives will be used where deserved.
First, the tangible; i.e. the instruments’ physical appointments and appearance. Physically, the Milagro Master 10S-EQ is a very well made instrument with a nicely balanced weight that is quite comfortable to hold when playing. The body is a traditional classical size and shape, save the beveled shoulder and upper bout “bite away”, and rests easily when seated in the classical playing position. The string spacing seems to maintain the traditional width throughout the 10 strings, i.e. a rough 8.6 cm per string, at the nut. The neck length is a traditional 12 frets to the join with a comfortably narrow radius that runs to “flat” after the turn. A needed accent for the neck's extended 10-string width. The materials are exceptional and attention to “the details” has been paid making the guitar's appearance impeccably gracious. The electronics are Fishman and include a tuner, phase, volume, etc. Overall, the Milagro Master 10S-EQ is a guitar with honest, full on quality in both construction and aesthetics.
Next, the somewhat tangible; that is to say what the ears hear, but has to be put into words. It can’t be emphasized enough that the guitar's voice is a unique, very high quality, and certainly professional sound. It’s ironic, in that words depend on sound, but yet it’s hard to better describe the guitars’ sound in words; and that’s not a reference to the extended range. Though, words like resonant and full unquestionably apply, it’s just a guitar that has to be heard to really understand what the words mean.
One thing, the Cathedral Guitars websites’ claim of the Milagro line sounding as good as more expensive models, isn’t erroneous. This customer was granted access to a hand made guitar that lists for $5000, and conducted an unplugged, “six string only” sound comparison between it and the Milagro Master 10S-EQ. The clear winner (customer opinion) was the Milagro. The sound tended to be fuller and more articulate with substantial body and vibrancy. An amplified comparison wasn’t applicable, but the Milagro electronics were tested, and they performed flawlessly. The sound was clear and even across the strings with no “mud” on quick successions. Again, customer opinion only, but the luthier is certainly worthy of the master craftsman title on sound, alone.
Finally, the intangible; what it means to the player and their audience. For the player, the physical aspects and sound of the instrument are both reminiscent and intoxicating. Personally, the Milagro Master 10S-EQ is a spark of recollection to dim days years ago when first learning to play even a six string guitar. All one had in their pocket was desire fueled by the sound and appreciation of an instrument. A time when “Twinkle, Twinkle” wasn’t quite there but the “want to” was. Humbly, this is the best description of first playing the Milagro Master 10S-EQ possible. It’s an instrument so rich in the sonic spectrum that it’s horribly hard to set down, even when the hours wane. Technically, it’s an acclimation. It’s applying an existing skill set to more of an instrument than the standard “six pack”. Yes, the challenge is there, but also an incredible, unique, and wonderful sound is there, too. Hence, the return of the familiar old friend of meeting a challenge to reap tonal intoxication. For the audience, yes, there would likely be the “wow factor” of seeing someone play 10 strings. Likewise, as a guitarist, it would be a definite boost to pull off a magnificent 10 string concerto. But with this guitar, maybe, just maybe, the boost wouldn’t be so much in just what the audience would see, but in hearing what the player hears... beauty.”
-- Chris H., Troy, Ohio, USA (please visit BartolexUSA for additional reviews)
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