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Gropp "Artist" Model Classical Guitar - Some First Impressions

Stephen Yates spent a couple of hours in our "studio" (a mid-sized room with a quite firm acoustic) playing a Gropp "Artist" model - serial number 855 with a cocobolo back, mahogany sides and a cedar soundboard. We recorded some of his comments as he played.

  • The upper register is excellent
  • The strings do not feel like high tension
  • It is forgiving on the left hand - but not too forgiving
  • A refined sound
  • The marquetry is wonderful.
  • The guitar looks plain from the front - plain bindings and a small rosette.
  • It keeps all its good looks for the back and sides
  • Exquisite grain on the back
  • Really lovely to play
  • Trebles have a lovely response
  • The bass has an almost cello like quality
  • The bass can dominate if not careful
  • Very easy action. Is the action slightly too light in the E1 string?
  • Slighly higher action would mean you could play louder without fear of fret noise
  • The saddle is special - but could you easily change it or would you have to get the makers to change it?
  • Would want the saddle very slightly raised to improve the playabilty of the E1 string.
  • The tone can be very delicate
  • The plain looks belie the robustness of the tone
  • It has an immediacy of response
  • Would now like to try a [Gropp] model with Indian Rosewood back and sides and a spruce top.

Stephen Yates, Guitarist Composer, 22nd February 2007.

Stephen has won several awards including Guitarist Magazine's 'Guitarist of the Year' and the Vicente Sanchis Guitar Challenge. As a classical player he performs a wide ranging repertoire from Baroque through Romantic to Contemporary works. Stephen's web site can be found at

(c) 2007 Stephen Yates and Classical Guitars PLUS.

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8 July 2020