2007 Oskar Graf Classical

A presentation-level concert classical built over the course of two years by renowned German-Canadian luthier, Oskar Graf. The guitar features some of Oskar’s most precious tonewoods, master-level craftsmanship and years of experience; it is an exceptionally voiced and stage-worthy Classical guitar.

The back and sides are cut from very old Brazilian rosewood board and are beautifully quartered. The top is German alpine spruce with “Haselfichte” figure, or highly bearclawed grain structure, which imparts a good deal of extra stiffness to the wood. Oskar acquired this spruce in 1979, so it was almost 40 years old before being fashioned into this guitar. The top bracing is a fairly traditional asymmetric fan pattern of Oskar’s design. The guitar is finished in a perfectly applied French polish finish, and dressed up with high precision gold plated tuning machines with black pearl buttons that were hand-made by Jorg Graf (who is Oskar’s brother).

The guitar features figured koa body bindings bordered with mitred purflings, a hand-crafted mosaic rosette, rosewood and koa headstock overlays, and a rosewood bridge with bone and purfled koa tie block.

The ebony fingerboard has a very slight radius, a width at the nut of almost 52mm, and a scale length of 650mm. Bridge string spacing is 59.5mm.

The guitar’s tone is expressive and dark, with strength in the fundamental, excellent balance, and wonderful clarity. It is warm and very open, without compromising dynamics or note separation, and offers a responsive and quick attack.

The guitar is consigned by the original owner and has been very carefully tended to since new. There is minimal playwear apart from a small smattering of nail marks by the rosette. The ultra-thin French polish finish shows very light arm and hand wear.

Set-up in shop with D’Addario EJ-46FF Carbon high-tension strings and a string action of 3-3.9mm, measured at the 12th fret.

With custom Calton fibreglass case.

Canadian Sales Only