Up for consideration is a 2005 Michael McBroom
10-string classical harp guitar. Michael made a name for himself
as somewhat of a 10-string guitar specialist, as he quickly built
up a 2-year waiting list consisting almost exclusively of 10-string
guitar commissions. Unfortunately, due to recent health problems,
Michael is currently limited to working only about 1-2 hours
a day, and his backlog may now extend 5 years or more, and he
is no longer accepting new orders. Here is a very rare chance
to pick up a wonderful hand-made McBroom in excellent condition,
without having to wait or place a long-term custom order!!!
$200 Off From Bing.Com
1270 DPI high-resolution photos of this guitar are here.
A history of the building process / construction journal of this
very guitar is here.
The guitar features a Contreras bracing pattern, Brazilian back
and sides, an AAA-grade Spruce top, and custom purfling and binding.
I am the original owner of this guitar, and am only selling it
because I recently acquired a second McBroom 10-string, and unfortunately
I have to sell one of them. I purchased much of the tonewood
for this guitar myself. The spruce top was from Maderas
Barber in Spain, and is their highest grade of Spruce.
All the purfling and binding came from Karin
Rost in Germany. The guitar is now slightly different
from the original construction journal description in that Schatten
pick-up has been removed, and the Alessi tuners have been
switched out for a Bartolex-style set of tuners.
* Scale Length 660 mm
* Nut Width = 84 mm
* 12th Fret width = 100 mm
* Action 1st @ 12 = 3.5 mm
* Action 10 @ 12 = 5.5 mm
* Body depth = 102 mm
* Top = German Spruce
* Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
* Finish: French Polish
* Hardshell Case
* Made in USA
Here are several sound files to give you an idea of what
to expect. The guitar has an amazing resonance, as well as a
powerful bass response. These MP3 files have no compression,
EQ or reverb -- just mic'd through a pair of Blue Dragonfly
mics, into a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into a Rosetta
200 A/D converter.
| Intonation Test (Harmonic /
fretted note @ the 12th fret)
| Resonance Test (Stopped scales / chords showing sympathetic
| Packington's Pound (English
Renaissance, before 1596)
| Joy To the Person (Anon.
| Kelly's Song
| Corn Yards (Scottish
Here are some additional MP3 clips of this guitar using a vintage
C414 EB multi-pattern mic):
| Pavan #1 (Luis Milan, 1500-1561,
| The Bartolex Song
| Wascha Mesa (Hans Neusidler,
1508-1563, German Renaissance)
| From the Beginning (Emerson,
Lake, & Palmer. 1972, Trilogy)
| Love Song (Guillaume de
Machaut, 1300-1377, French)
This guitar is in excellent condition with no cracks or
repairs or any known issues. I got it new in 2005 and primarily
used it for live gigs with the Schatten pick-up that Michael
had installed, but quickly discovered that a French Polish guitar
is not the ideal instrument for playing gigs with, as the finish
does tend to break down under prolonged exposure to heat. That
is why I removed the pickup and started using a Bartolex
guitar for amplified gigs. The French polish does show some signs
of wear that may not be visable in the photos. That would be
where the back of the guitar hits the chest, and where the lower
bout hits the elbow and forearm. Also, there is a small filled
hole in the headstock from where the previous set of tuners was
I have the guitar tuned 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, in cluding D'Addario,
LaBella also makes a set but I do not recommend it.
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 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,
SHIPPING & TERMS
Insured USA FedEx Ground is $40, and Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air is $65.
I do accept PayPal (eCheck preferred) as well as all the traditional
forms of payment including barters and trades. Thanks for looking.
Please ask questions before bidding. Satisfaction Guaranteed!!!
If you are not happy with the guitar for any reason simply return
it within 3 days. This auction is for one Michael McBroom
10-string classical harp guitar guitar and case. No other accessories
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