Sobell | Model 1 | 1990’s | (our database number:90/1)
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- Model: Model 1
- Year: 1990s
- Top: European Spruce
- Back and sides: Indian Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Nut Width: 1 3/4″
- String Spacing: 2 1/4″
- Scale: 25 3/4″
- Body Length: 19 1/4″
- Lower Bout: 16 3/8″
- Upper Bout: 11 3/4″
- Body Depth: 3 1/24″, 4 1/8″
- Bridge: Ebony
- Binding: Wood
- Rosette: Herringbone
- Purfling: Herringbone
This is an early 1990’s Sobell Model 1. Stefan has taken a different approach to building guitars with a high arched top. This creates a clear bell like tone and has been championed by folk fingerstyle master, Martin Simpson. Some players find the technique required to achieve a great tone from Sobells to require a lot of finger strength but Stefan has recently brought out a few new models which are more responsive.
The prior owner Jeff has this to say:”Stefan Sobell is one of the best renown luthiers of our time! I got this one as a trade a few months ago from the original owner and for financial reasons i am forced to sell it now.
This is what he told me about the history of the guitar: It is a Model 1 (spuce/rosewood, scale 65cm, nut width 44mm) from the early nineties that he discovered in a small shop in Swizzerland together with a bouzouki, that he wanted to buy but the owner would only sell the pair so he took both. Already when he bought it it had 2 cracks on the top that were already repaired and have remained stable since then. Now to something that sounds incredible but is true, since he almost never played the guitar it still looks nearly as new, even in the area where a pickguard would be there are no scratches and the frets have zero wear!!
The playability is fantastic, the neck is quite thin so it is easy to get the thumb over for some styles. Soundwise the first thing you notice is the perfect balance and clarity, fantastic for polyphonic playing.There are many fine guitars offered today but only very few have what i call magic, you take the instrument in your hands and you feel at home, it speaks to you with its own voice and you are spellbound, this is one of them!!”
Pictures kind courtesy of serafin1990
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