2020 Enzo Guido “Aimee” Spruce Ziricote
|Model||2020 Enzo Guido “Aimee” Spruce Ziricote|
|Tuners||Alessi Tuning Machines|
|Case||Fame Hard Shell Case ABS|
|Top||Italian Spruce – Val di Femme – Lattice Bracing balsa and carbon fiber|
|Sides/Back||Ziricote – with Ebony Armrest|
|Fingerboard||African Ebony – elevated with 20th fret high C|
|Rosette||Fibonacci Rosette made with Spalted Maple Burl|
|String Spacing||46 mm-51mm-57mm at 1st fret-12th fret-saddle|
|Overall length||39 5/8″|
|Body length||19 5/8″|
|Upper bout width||11 1/2″|
|Lower bout width||14 3/4″|
|Body depths||3 15/16″ & 4 1/16″|
|Waist width||9 5/8″|
|Weight||4 lbs & 1oz.|
|Action||5.1mm and 3.5mm at low E and high E 12th fret unfretted|
|CITES||Ziricote does not need CITES – please read link to the left|
2020 Enzo Guido “Aimee” Spruce Ziricote
My on-going discussions with Enzo Guido have resulted in him preparing to send “Aimee” to the gallery. Such a talented individual, with a distinct artistic style, as evidenced by this guitar. She is lattice braced (unusual for an Italian), using an Italian Spruce top, Ziricote back and sides, Alessi machines, an elevated fingerboard, and ebony armrest, all French Polished. There are decorative patterns in Mother of Pearl (MOP), malachite, madrepore, lapislazuli, goldleaf, all with a compensate bone nut and saddle, set off by an unusually attractive Fibonacci Rosette made with Spalted Maple. Yeah. I am so looking forward to receiving this guitar.
Guitar is in the gallery. She is gorgeous! In reality, given the above description, I was not prepared for the simple elegance of this guitar. The touches, the markings, the inlay of the heel, the neck end, the butt, and the headstock, simple and elegant (I said that already?) The Fibonacci Rosette is equally stunning in her mathematical elegance (You don’t hear that often? LOL) The radiused fretboard with plenty of room in the spacing, armrest, canted fretboard (see the action numbers), making it a breeze to play. This is in the style of Hauser, for those not aware. He would cant the fretboard vertically toward the low E side of the fretboard, to create natural relief without bending the neck. In other words, don’t allow the action to trouble you, as this guitar plays quite easily. Her play is butter-like, sound is resonant and the same buttery blooming with singing highs and growls in the mids. Shaking my head, this guitar is superb. Bracing is lattice, with wood bracing, composite materials lining them, some venting within similar to Luciano Maggi guitars. Ziricote is splendid, as is the Italian Spruce top, with Bear Clawing, and a slight shimmer to it. Beautiful, with Alessi machines to cap it all off, yes sir!
Here is note from Enzo:
This is my guitar before fine-tuning. First of all, as you may have noticed, I have laminated back and sides because Ziricote is a nice wood but it cracks very easily and I want to sleep at night and not worry about guitars cracking.
The transverse bar on the back and under the sound hole are my way of combining wood and carbon fiber so the two materials work efficiently. You can see the tow over the bar and also between the bar and the back (same with the bar and the top).
The lattice is also made with balsa wood and the tow is between the top and the lattice. Also on top of it. I used a light version (my version) of the frame so the guitar is not heavy (like Smallman’s).
Inside the neck there is a carbon fiber bar to keep it from warping. It has a square profile (1cmx1cm) and it is empty so there is connection of the air inside the body and the internal part of the neck.
The fretboard has a radius but it is also “twisted” for a better playability. The action is high on purpose. I usually adjust it after a few months after the instruments is ready, when the guitar is set, and according to the needs of the clients. It is a part of fine tuning. The saddle is generously high so you can lower it easily. If you do this, pay attention because the top of this kind of instrument is very reactive, it vibrates very easily and widely and so do the strings. When you lower the action the buzz can occur more easily (again, it depends on what the players want). If you look at the saddle you will see it has a specific profile, the same goes with the nut.
The inlay on the headstock is madrepore with goldleaf, on the heel there is madrepore and malachite, lapispazuli at the bottom, MOP and malachite on the rosette. The rosette follows the Fibonacci sequence, so it is in Golden section. The same goes with the headstock, the bridge and the heel.
This guitar is divided in 5 equal sections: from the nut to the fifth fret, from the fifth to the twelfth fret, from the twelfth to the center of the rosette, from the center to the saddle and from the saddle to the end of the body.
I hope you find this info useful.
Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended including EQ manipulation, if possible. We record everything flat with just a touch of Reverb to relieve dryness. My goal is to record the guitar as realistically as is possible. I speak in the recordings, my thoughts about the guitar (and possibly other things?). My speaking also serves to give you my first impressions and to also give you a balance of the engineering (or lack thereof) versus the sound of the guitar. I simply do not have time to engineer much of anything. Thanks. Rich
MP3 Audio – 210415-2020 Enzo Guido Aimee Spruce Ziricote – I couldn’t wait to record with the guitar. I wasn’t even ready, hit record and just listen. It is such an incredibly enjoyable guitar to play. Looks pretty darned good too! LOL Such effortless power and voice. Definitely sounds the lattice, but there’s a wholeness, purity and warmth there as well. The guitar was meant for power, but gotdam, she gets pretty sweet and lovely with a change of color and tone. I warmed up with her for about 15 minutes, while waiting for the photos to process and upload, coming away from that mini-session smiling ear to ear. She actually inspired a new tune that I’m working out right now. This is a great guitar!
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