Model 2007, front Canadian Cedar
front Canadian Cedar
German Musical Instrument Prize 2008
Description of the awarded classical guitar,
Model 2007

Materials:
Soundboard Canadian Cedar
Back / Sides Indian Rosewood
Neck Spanish Cedar (Cedrela Odorata)
Fingerboard Ebony
Design / Plantilla based on Manuel Ramirez / Santos Hernandez
Scale length 65 cm
Tuning Machines Sloane
Finish Shellac, French Polish

With regards to construction/ design and methodology my instruments are formatively influenced by the traditional handcraft of Southern Spain, especially the Granadinian „School„. Renowned representives of it are e.g. Antonio Marin, José Lopez Bellido or Antonio Raya.
The aesthetics also lean towards this style. Historically it received strong influences from the Arabic ornamental art. Large parts of Spain were under Arabic / Moorish rule for many centuries. The most famous example for Arabic Achitecture in Spain is the Alhambra of Granada. This ornamental style is deliberately very plain, and only a few basic elements are repeated ingeniously and build up to a myriad of variations.
Aside of such important criteria as response, dynamic range, balance, loudness, and projection, I set high value on the mouldability and plasticity of sound. By changing the kind of attack and technique, a wide colour spectrum should open to enable the musicians to vary their expression and artistic creation.

Briefing of the jury´s assessment at the Institute of Musical Instrument Construction, Zwota:
Sascha Nowak´s guitar received by far the highest acoustic rating in the physical-technical category. It was the sound favourite of the test musicians; they particularly praised the brilliant high range and excellent plasticity of sound exhibited by the instrument. The jury described its Spanish-dry sound as very balanced, and they expressly praised its good price-performance ratio, as well as its ease of playing and „successful overall design“.


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