NOW WITH O-PORT Cathedral
Up for consideration is a brand new Cathedral Guitar 10-String classical guitar with hardshell case.
This guitar is the Model 125, which features
a solid cedar top, mahogany back & sides, and Planet Waves O-Port. This guitar is a brand-new 2013 guitar from Cathedral Guitars, made
by Bartolex. Our goal was to keep the quality of construction and sound very high, but simpler simpler appointments & inlays to keep the price-point at the level where it will be more affordable. So the price is budget, but the workmanship and materials are concert level. This guitar comes
with a Satisfaction
Guaranteed, 3-day return policy, and a full 1-year warranty. This is a wonderful sounding, visually beautiful 10-string
guitar, and one of the few that you can get today without having
to pay several thousands of dollars and go on a lengthy waiting
list. We are the only concert multi-string maker, and have already sold several hundred 10-string guitars!!!
CATHEDRAL GUITAR REVIEWS
“This guitar is a complete steal at this price. I would buy another one of these in a heart beat. This one's a keeper.”
-- Lee De Falla
“Best Christmas ever! I must say it's a beautiful guitar -- Very rich and lush-sounding -- it is a quality instrument.”
-- Hal Hagen
“When it comes to impeccable craftsmanship, sonic/tonal quality, and outstanding value, the Cathedral Model 15 integrates all three factors into one beautiful instrument. You won't be disappointed.”
-- Donn LeVie, Jr.
“Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! OMG! Clearly it arrived . . . . It is even better than anticipated.”
-- Eric Hartshorn
Click here for additional Cathedral Guitar reviews. Click HERE for 1270 Hi-resolution photos of this guitar.
Bartolex is a guitar company founded by Argentinian luthier
and guitarist Neris Gonzales, with production based in
a high-quality Artisian Workshop in China. The result is a not
only a great guitar design with high-quality woods and western-trained
workmanship at a very affordable price -- but also has become
the leading seller of 10-string guitars in the entire world.
(Click here for my Cathedral
Guitar Interview with Neris). Bartolex makes 3 different lines of multi-string guitars: Milagro (all-solid woods), Bartolex (Laminated back & Sides) and Cathedral Guitars (cedar/mahogany).
The sound, both acoustically and recorded, is wonderful. I personally am endorsing Cathedral Guitars, Bartolex and Milagro 10-string guitars
and am selling them on eBay, at the Guitar Foundation of America Classical Guitar Conventions, and through my website Bartolex
USA. I have already well played over 200 gigs
on my own Bartolex and Cathedral 10-String guitars, and I'm constantly
amazed at how good these guitars are, and for the price / performance value they are
simply unbeatable. This guitar is the answer to my personal dream of
having a quality 10-string guitar in standard production, at
an affordable price -- and maybe it will be for you as well.
I have played and owned dozens of multi-string classical guitars,
and this instrument rivals, equals or surpasses most luthier-built guitars in the 3k - 6k range. You can custom order an expensive guitar, but there is no gurantee that it will be better than this one!!! This guitar has a AAA-grade
solid cedar top, laminated mahogany back & sides,
and rosewood fretboard, and creates a beautifully-balanced Spanish sound
with nice trebles, deep basses, and AMAZING resonance and sympathetic
sustain. The low bass response is particularly good on these guitars (you can even tune it down to low E, with a special Savarez 13th string). It is also very even across the registers, and has excellent volume and projection.
I have the guitar tuned with Savaerz Strings in Romantic tuning, a standard
10-string tuning where 1-6 is normal, and 7-10 descend step-wise:
7=D, 8=C, 9=B, 10 =A. Strings
By Mail has a great selection of 10-string sets and can
put together custom sets for you at a discount over individual
strings. Several excellent string manufacturers offer 10-string
sets, including D'Addario,
* Model: 125
* Production Year: 2013
* Top: Solid Cedar
* Saddle/Nut: Bone
* Fretboard: Rosewood
* Finish: Lacquer
* Scale: 650 mm
* Nut Width: 85 mm
* saddle width: 117 mm
* STRING SPACING
@ Nut = 77 mm o.c.
@ fret 12 = 89 mm o.c.
@ bridge = 101mm o.c.
* NECK DEPTH
@ fret 1: 19 mm
@ fret 7: 20 mm
@ String 1 = 3.5 mm
@ String 10 = 4.5 mm
* Dot markers @ fret 7, 12
* Hardshell case
* Made in China
Here are 16 quick, 1-take MP3 sound files of me playing
this guitar, to give you an idea of what to expect. The
guitar has excellent power
and projection, and records very well. These MP3 files have no compression, EQ or reverb
-- just straight signal, tracked through a pair of Schoeps CMT541 mics into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into
a Sony PCM D1 flash recorder.
1 | Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic
2 | Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
3 | Kelly's Song
4 | Joy To the Person (Anon.
5 | Corn Yards (Scottish
6 | From the Beginning
(Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
7 | The Third Tune
(Thomas Tallis w/flamenco improv)
8 | Bianca Fiore
9 | Se A Mi Acorgo
10 | Brian Boru's March (Anon.,
Irish, Ca. 1200)
11 | Pavan #1 (Luis Milan,
12 | Fantasia (Mudarra,
13 | The Cannaries (Scottish
14 | Suite Espanola (Gaspar Sanz, Spanish Renaissance)
15 | Rohan's Theme (Lord of the Rings)
16 | Danza
Here are 21 additional sound files of Cathedral Guitar Model 15 serial #004 tracked through 3 different mics, a Wunder Audio CM7/GT/M7, a Schoeps CMC56, and a AMI UM17
multi-pattern tube mic, into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into
a Rosetta 200 A/D converter. The name of the mic used is in the file name
|10 |11 |12 |13 |14
15 |16 |17 |18 |19 |20 |21
Here are 15 additional MP3 sound files of Model 15 serial #007, using a vintage Neumann KM53 mic into a TAB-Funkenwerk V78M tube preamp:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15
In short, this guitar is a great concert and/or recording guitar
for any intermediate to advanced-level player, and it would make
a great guitar for classical concerts, recitals, local gigs,
as well as recording studio projects. It is also the ideal guitar
for first getting into the world of Multi-String guitars, as
it is an affordable, easy-to-play, and a great-sounding instrument.
We offer the upgraded Ameritage 10-string case for an additional $249, and a BBand A2.2 Pickup system for $299 installed (CLICK HERE for my video demo at GFA).
My website Cathedral
Guitar has a lot of info on multi-string guitars; I also
run an internet radio station on multi-string guitars and lutes
Radio; and also I moderate a 265-member 10-String
Yahoo Group on the subject, and am working on an instructional
Perf De Castro has a YouTube Multi-String
Guitar channel on the instrument. James R. Smith
has an excellent intoductory article to the world of multi-strings,
If you need a teacher to help you adapt to the 10-string guitar,
you can check this list here.
Also, if you will be playing mostly lute music on the 10-string,
I strongly recommend taking lessons from a lute player, if you
can find one. If you want online lessons, I highly recommend
the 10-String guitarist Perf
De Castro, who is both an excellent musician and a wonderful
teacher, and he offers private 10-string guitar lessons via the
Here for more details.
CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR
This guitar type is also a relative of the Harp Guitar family
known as the Fretted
Harp Guitar. It has a big advantage over the other harp
guitar types in that the frets extend across the entire neck,
and the guitar can easily be played with a capo, and be quickly
transposed into a variety of keys, which is especially helpful
when accompanying singers. This is, of course, impossible on
a regular harp guitar. Custom capos are made by Shubb
(ask for the Pinnochio model), and also by Phill
SHIPPING & TERMS
Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, I do accept PayPal, Visa, Master Card, AmEx. Thanks for looking. Please ask questions
before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!! This auction is for
one Cathedral Guitar Model 125 10-string classical harp guitar with a Panet Waves O-Port installed,
and hardshell case. No other accessories are included.
If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason, simply return
it within 3 days (buyer pays shipping). So far, after several
dozen of eBay and direct internet sales, not a single customer
has returned a guitar because they didn't like how it looks, plays, feels, or sounds. In fact, many people voluntarily write in to say how
thrilled they are with their new Cathedral Guitar. These comments are
often reprinted with permission on the BartolexUSA
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other multi-string
guitars in my Current
eBay Auctions, and also see and hear some 10-string guitars
that have Recently Sold on eBay.
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