Richard Newman was born in 1964 and studied classical guitar in the mid 90’s under the guidance of Richard Wright (now head of the guitar section at the Yehudi Menuhin school of music). During his studies he learned a lot about sound production and set out to find a good guitar with a traditional “old world sound”. Failing to find the desired instrument, Richard enthusiastically decided, as he had worked with wood for many years as a tree surgeon, to try to build his own guitar. Richard built a handful of guitars and, with much encouragement from players, left his job and enrolled in a full-time guitar making course at the London Guildhall University in 2001. After completing the course, Richard set up a workshop in Ascot, Berkshire, where he builds around twelve guitars a year. Richard builds using very little machinery, concentrating on using traditional hand tools and glues, as he feels it is important to be in touch with the materials to maintain control over his work. Richard has also received a lot of guidance and advice from professional players and other makers over the years. He also studied many master guitars, which has helped him evolve as a maker and produce well balanced guitars with a low body resonance and fine projection. Richard continues creating guitars with a great passion and enthusiasm.
This guitar was built in 2013 and was named “lemoni”. It is in almost mint condition with only a few imperceptible playing marks. This guitar took a gorgeous honey colour on the top through the past five years and reached an extraordinary maturity in the sound. It has fantastic clear trebles with a huge sustain, what makes this guitar a truly singing instrument. Moreover, the great balance, the richness of the timbre, the deepness of the basses and the very satisfying volume provide the player all the tools to approach any repertoire with great facility and pleasure. The tuners are made by Rodgers.
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