Michael Cadiz is a Seattle, Washington, native who moved his workshop to Graz, Austria, in 2016. He built his first guitar at the age of 15. He feels profoundly grateful for Robert Ruck, who invited him to stay for a while in his workshop to share his philosophy and approach to guitar building and from whom he learned a lot. Furthermore, he also received tremendous support from the Seattle builders Rick Davis and Greg Oxrieder. In 2016, he moved his workshop to Graz, Austria, where he has successfully built guitars ever since.
Michael told us a few words about this beautiful guitar:
“The traditional sound of Antonio de Torres and the unmistakable aesthetic of José Romanillos inspires this model. More specifically, the plantilla and bracing are derived from the 1888 SE114 owned by Francisco Tarrega. It has a very typical deep F to F# body resonance, a dark and velvety warmth, a direct presence, and a responsive color palette. I have been building variations of this model for years, and it has, in most respects, remained unchanged. In recent years, I’ve enlarged the plantilla and depth of the instrument just a touch from the original Torres instrument, which makes it a bit closer to a Romanillos or Hauser in size.”
This traditionally built guitar has a highest-grade spruce soundboard and Indian rosewood back and sides, built to a very high level of craftsmanship. Moreover, the trebles of this guitar are breathtaking. Michael has successfully nailed the most challenging part of guitar-making: the trebles. Furthermore, as a result of its F# primary body resonance, the airy and direct basses complement the overall voicing of the instrument. The subtlety of the sound colors and the timelessness of its timbre places this guitar easily at the highest level of contemporary lutherie.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
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|Knobloch EDC 34.0