Stephen Kakos (Minnesota, USA)
1992 Spruce / Honduran Rosewood 8-String Terz Guitar

Updated:5/13/2008 -- SOLD










This guitar was custom made in 1992. It was used on the first two CD's by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet as well as in concerts across the U.S. It is a one of a kind instrument by one of the top builders in the United States; Soundboard Magazine had an article on him about two years ago. Even though this instrument (# 144) was made in 1992, it cannot be considered the early work of a well known luthier; Kakos has been building classical guitars fulltime since 1975.

The scale length is 61 cm, the equivalent of a terz guitar. It is great for lute music (tuned up a minor 3rd), however, I used it mostly as a standard 8 string guitar in E. It is a fantastic guitar with gorgeous singing trebles which are very accessible up to the highest position with the cutaway on the treble upper bout. It also has rich penetrating basses which may vary somewhat in character depending on the tuning and string diameter chosen.

The back and sides are Honduran Rosewood, with a very striking design on the back. The soundboard is white spruce. The condition is excellent. There is an inconsequential and barely visible 3/4 inch crack on the back, high up on the bass side of the upper bout which Kakos cleated some years ago. He recently re-french polished the body of the guitar and it hasn't been played since. Even so there are a few very subtle marks where the polish failed to completely hide some very minor playing wear by the 1st string, but it looks almost brand new. The neck was not refinished but is in good shape with minimal playing wear, including some superficial thumbnail scratces on the back. The frets are in great shape, and it is very easy to play. I include a good hard shell case which is beat up but structurally sound. This is a really great guitar waiting for the right player. I sell it reluctantly to pay for the acquisition of a new 6 string guitar.

Buyer within continental U.S. pays $45 for insurance and FedEx ground shipping. Potential overseas buyer: contact owner.

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