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Thomas Humphrey Millenium (1988) BRW/GS
This is a Thomas Humphrey Millenium, classical concert guitar, a very rare find anywhere in the world, but most certainly in Europe. Thomas Humphrey guitars are considered to be among the finest made on this planet, and we always wanted to find one, however they are very scarce. Now we have one on offer, and i'm thrilled with the opportunity and can only underline the general opinion on this guitar, that this is one of the best classical guitars we ever heard. This guitar is made in a unorthodox way, built with tone in mind only, on the basis a master-set of quarter sawn- impressively grained old growth Brazilian Rosewood for back and sides (with CITES Passport) and a fine grained matured German Spruce top.
This model - developed by the New York settled Late Thomas Humphrey - was played by countless concert artists including Eliot Fisk and Sharon Isbin to name but a few. Part of the revolutionary design lies in a different style of bracing to achieve greater tonal response and increased playability, however the most eye catching features is the elevated fingerboard, constructed for the same purpose, greater tone and better playability, Thomas Humphrey succeeded and has many followers among other high-end guitar makers.
This guitar is an incredible sounding, very expressive open and matured sounding guitar that comes with the unique advantages of a matured spruce top guitar, combined to the wonderful quality typically seen in Thomas Humphrey guitars such as immense headroom, a articulate and focused sound, with a string separation that is almost piano-like precise. Most striking is the immense power this guitar produces, that reminds me of the Bernabe Royal, but is less dark in character and more vibrant, making this guitar one of the best concert classical guitars available for concert hall performance.
The guitar is in wonderful condition. Master luthier Achim Peter Gropius repaired on split under the bridge in a most professional and virtually invisible way and also touched up the French Polish where needed. Otherwise this guitar is close to near mint condition, with very little wear, clean frets and comfortable action, (3.6mm at the 12 bass side, 3.0mm at the treble side). This guitar will fill a concert hall, and is suitable for the highest level of playing. The Guitar travels in her original high quality Hardcase and comes with original European pre-ban Invoice legalising the position of this guitar in Europe.
- Model: Millenium
- Year of Make: 1988
- Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
- Top Wood: German Spruce
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Neck Wood: Spanish Cedar
- Bridge: Bowed, Brazilian Rosewood
- Rosette: Marquetry Mosaic wood rosette
- Binding: Rosewood
- Headstock: Thomas Humphrey design
- Headstock overlay: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock Bindings: None
- Headstock Inlay: None
- Purfling: multiple Wood for top, sides, back
- Back Strip: None
- Fingerboard inlays: None
- Tuners: Rodgers with ebony knobs
- Body Size: Concert size
- Scale: 658mm (25.9") Measured scale
- Nut Width: 54mm (2 1/8")
- String Spacing: 58mm (2. 9/32")
- Width at Lower Bout: 375mm (14 3/4")
- Body Depth at Tail Block: 114mm (4 1/2")
- Body Depth at Heel: 79mm (3 1/8")