2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640
|Model||2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 “Elegy” Cedar Wenge 640|
|Tuners||Gilbert Tuning Machines w/Snakewood Buttons|
|Top||Select Western Red Cedar – Lattice Braced|
|Sides/Back||Wenge – (pronounced Wen – gay) – absolutely stunning|
|Neck||African Mahogany w/Truss Rod, matte finish|
|Bracing||Lattice braced – all wood, no composite material that I can see|
|Fingerboard||Ebony, radiused at 32 inches and elevated naturally|
|String Spacing||43mm, 50mm, 58mm (nut, 12th, bridge)|
|Upper Bout Width||11 1/”|
|Lower Bout Width||14 1/2″|
|waist width||9 1/2″|
|Body Depths||3 5/16″ upper bout, 3 15/16″ lower bout|
|Total Length||38 3/4″|
|Guitar Weight||4lbs 7 1 oz|
|Action||4.2mm & 3.75mm at low E to high E, 12th fret, unfretted|
|CITES||Not required – Please read the Link to the left|
2022 Zebulon Turrentine #76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640
The last guitar I had built with Wenge was fantastic, where this magnificent example by Zebulon exceeds expectations. You can find more about this wood in my Tonewood Discussion
Inspection was more than satisfactory. The guitar itself is wildly resonant and wholly musical. Workmanship stellar. Machines by Gilbert with Snakewood Buttons are an excellent choice. The elevated Finger Board, with a natural slope to the soundboard, gives incredibly free access to the higher positions.
The room was filled with the sound of the guitar and her play is totally accessible, almost effortless. I found her pointed, focused, powerful and nuanced. The radiused board allows for the simplest of playing ease. I found the guitar on the heavy side as well, measuring in at almost 4 pounds, much like any typical Australian Lattice, but without the curved and arched back This is the result of a reinforcement of the back and sides, much like a double tapa by the older Contreras house, giving stability and focus to the voices, which this guitar does well.
Please note this is a 640mm scale length guitar, with slightly smaller string spacing and nut width. I always provide measurements (above) where possible.
Wenge (pronounced WENN-gay) is a relatively unknown wood to most players, and even to most builders. Nevertheless, it’s a superb tonewood with a remarkably clear, ringing taptone that seems to sustain forever. Ervin Somogyi reportedly called Wenge “the new Brazilian rosewood”, and that’s not far off.
The result is a guitar with extraordinary responsiveness, volume, and color.
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 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 – 220709-2022 Zebulon Turrentine 76 Elegy Cedar Wenge 640 – this is a superb classical guitar. Absolutely superb!
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It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up. -Rich
This classical guitar carries a 1 Year Warranty from the luthier
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