Brook | Tavy | 1999 |
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- Make: Brook
- Model: Tavy
- Year: 199
- Top: Sitka spruce
- Back and sides: Brazilian rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Upper bout:30cm
- Lower bout:41cm
- Scale: 25.5
- Nut width: 1 3/4
This is an great example of a Brook Tavy with the Spruce/Brazilian rosewood tonewoods. Brook guitars have built a reputation especially in the UK for producing high quality guitars. In fact one of my first handmade guitars was a Brook and I have had the pleasure of playing many more. I have always thought their neck profile is particularly comfortable and every guitars has a signature sweetness to the tone.
The prior owner Paul has this to say about the guitar: “It’s time to thin the herd a bit. I’ve got a handful of interesting, remarkable and one-of-a-kind finds. Over the last few years I’ve bought more guitars than my wife can stand. I tried big names and small shops, known and unknown. I’ve got more than I can play at the moment and I think that I have a handle on which ones are best for me; Since I think that guitars should be played not just looked at I’m putting up a handful of great guitars.
Here is an absolute game changer…Up for your consideration is a Brook Guitar Tavy (Small Jumbo) in Brazilian Rosewood. If you know of Brook Guitars you know exactly what you’re looking at. If not, do a quick google search to check them out. This is a no holds barred, world class guitar that will hold it’s own with anything made by anyone anywhere.
My own completely subjective observation is that European guitars have a unique and different voice than classic American guitars. Lowden, Lakewood, etc. are each unique in their own way but sound different than Taylor, Martin, etc. For what it’s worth Brook, to my ear, falls very much in that European tradition. It excels in alternate tunings…it just sings The guitar sounds fantastic and plays like a dream.
It is not perfect but it definitely lives in that neighborhood. The neck is straight and the action is medium-low. There is no substantial fret or fingerboard wear. The wood is outstanding: Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, spruce top. Check the photo of the back.
You will quite likely never have another opportunity for such a unique example of Brook’s work. The cost and availability of Brazilian rosewood are making new guitars almost impossible to find. Those that can be found tend to be three and even four piece backs as stock dwindles. I am not a jumbo size guitar player or this would never leave my possession.”
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