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Gropp Concert Model Classical Guitar in Curled Maple and Spruce Serial 881

Gropp Concert Model Curled Maple and Spruce #881.

The Concert model featured here was sold to a customer in California in November 2007. These are the notes we kept on the guitar in the all too short time we had it.

The first thing you notice is just how light this instrument is - the centre of gravity is in the heel of the neck rather than somewhere in the upper body. The next thing you notice is that this is not a quiet instrument: somehow the volume has not been reduced in proportion to the lightness of the materials used.

And then, in case you hadn't noticed it first, you gasp at just how beautiful this guitar is. The maple is wonderful, the bindings/purflings are bold against the blonde background, and the oval soundhole with its simple decorative ring instead of the normally elaborate rosette seems absolutely natural and not an understatement at all.

When playing two things really struck me -

  • How clear was the separation of voices in any kind of polyphonic piece
  • How responsive was the instrument to changes in dynamics in one's playing
Gropp Concert Model Curled Maple and Spruce #881 - right back shoulder.
Gropp Concert Model Curled Maple and Spruce #881 - front right.

The soundboard is in well-matured solid spruce - with a slight red blush in its cheeks at the lower bout. The instrument is finished in french polish. The fingerboard has a very slight curve to facilitate barre chords and the neck has discrete position markers at frets 5 and 7. And yes, in true Gropp attention to detail, the screw heads on the machine heads all line up in a perfect vertical!!

Luthier Armin Gropp
Model Concert Model
Month / Year of construction July 2007
Serial number 881
Back Wood / Age
Curled Maple / app. 50 years
Sides Wood / Age
Curled Maple / app. 50 years
Soundboard Wood / Age Solid Spruce / app. 30 years
Soundboard grade 1 a (for Concert models)
Binding / purfling Strips: Indian rosewood / Maple / coloured Maple
Rosette Plain, oval Strip-soundhole: Indian rosewood / Maple / coloured Maple
Finish French polish
Fingerboard wood Ebony
Fingerboard Slightly curved
Bridge saddle construction Two part
Bridge wood Indian rosewood
12-hole tie-block.
Neck wood Mahogany / Ebony
Neck to body join Spanish style
Head stock Carved in the Gropp style for Concert models
Head wood Mahogany
Head veneer Curled Maple
Tuners "Rubner", Germany, Brass standard model
Position markers Discreet makers at frets 5 and 7
Scale length 650mm
Number of frets 20
Neck width at nut 52.5mm
Neck width at 12th fret 62.5mm
Body widths (upper bout / waist / lower bout)  
Body depth Varies (arched back)
Case Hard hand-made case included
Strings maker / type Savarez / Corum / New Cristal, high tension

The Gropps produce their Concert and Artist models in a range of materials and to various specifications. Please call for prices and availability.

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