2016 Toby Rzepka

Woods: rich grained Cocobolo and cedar, lattice braced.

Miscellany: 650mm scale.  Humicase. Raised fingerboard. Sound port with cover. Arm rest.

Condition: used. The guitar is in perfectly mint condition.

Comment: this guitar has been briefly in the hands of a collector who is steering back to a traditionally braced guitar. It is nicely played in but in essentially new condition. Toby Rzepka builds guitars with the DNA of a Steve Connor, as he worked in Steve’s shop for some six years before opening his own in Portland, Maine. Rzepka guitars have been appreciated by players who put the great volume and color to work on a performance stage, or by the player who enjoys the boost in natural energy these powerful guitars possess. When I briefly had this guitar, fresh from Toby’s workbench, I had to watch out for my right hand attack, as it takes very little to get maximum sound. Further, while some double tops have a breathy, voluminous sound that can be short on projection and focus, this guitar projects extremely well. As with the Moyes, Lissarrague, and Redgate guitars on this site, there is an intensity and punch to the way the sound emerges, and the large sound port gives the player a full dose of what he or she is producing. An exciting guitar to play and a beautiful one to own and admire.

 

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Price: $6995

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