Stephen Hill is an English guitar maker based in Granada, Spain. In his inspiring career, he evolved from a talented flamenco guitarist to one of the most exciting and best builders of Spanish guitars on the market today. His inspiration came from legendary guitar makers and legendary guitarists with whom he built close relationships and friendships. Among others, one can mention Antonio Marin Montero, Paco Pena, Manuel Reyes, etc. Stephen Hill crafts fantastic Spanish guitars but shares his passion and knowledge with some talented students, from whom we have also received some very skillfully worked guitars.
Stephen Hill has spent most of his career perfecting the art of traditional guitar building, and his most recent venture into double-top instruments showcases his exceptional ability to adapt and excel in new construction methods. The natural-sounding tone of this instrument is imposing, offering a rich and powerful sound enhanced by the double-top construction. This innovative design features a spruce soundboard expertly layered with cedar underneath, providing the guitar with unparalleled tonal quality. Reinforcing the instrument’s structure is a 5×5 wood lattice bracing system, a testament to Hill’s ability to blend modern construction techniques with the timeless beauty of Spanish tradition. One of the standout features of the 2023 Stephen Hill double-top guitar is its incredible playability. Players will be supported and inspired by the instrument’s effortless response and remarkable tonal range. The left hand enjoys freedom and ease, allowing unparalleled creativity and expression.
Moreover, the treble on this guitar is particularly powerful and lively, boasting exceptional sustain and making it easy to control phrasing and dynamics. The guitar’s overall warmth and power of tone, combined with its superb playability, make it an invaluable addition to any guitarist’s collection. In summary, the 2023 Stephen Hill double-top guitar is an extraordinary instrument showcasing the luthier’s mastery of traditional craftsmanship and modern innovation. With its impressive tone, easy playability, and beautiful design, this guitar will inspire and delight musicians for years.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G/G#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|