Thomas Humphrey Concert Model Classical Guitar, 1982
Hand crafted by the foremost American guitar luthier in his New York workshop in 1982, this Pre-Millennium model classical guitar is far more traditional than the innovative model that he would become known for. In 1981 Mr. Humphrey traveled to Southern California to attend a master class conducted by Andreas Segovia. During his trip Mr. Humphrey had the opportunity to see the Spanish guitar collection of Juan Parra. Inspired by the instruments of the traditional Spanish makers, Mr. Humphrey spent much of 1982 building in the Spanish tradition. While this traditional fan braced building trend would eventually evolve into the innovations the Millennium would become best known for, this traditional concert model is certainly a special instrument.
Featuring a Spruce Top and Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides, this guitar has a strong, powerful voice with nice warmth while still maintaining good note separation and balance. Humphrey guitars have been played by Sharon Isbin, Sergio and Odair Assad, Eliot Fisk, and Ricardo Cobo amongst many others.
This guitar comes from the first owner who purchased the guitar directly from Mr. Humphrey in 1982. Showing the expected play wear of a 35 year old guitar, this guitar has also had one repaired and cleated crack on the treble side as well as a repaired grainline crack on the lower treble side of the back. The top shows a stable yet slightly open center seam due in part to the swelling of the white glue which the guitar was constructed with. This area does not affect any of the internal braces and doesn't show any signs of worsening. The finish is original, though it does show signs of wear in the expected play positions.
- Back and Sides- Brazilian Rosewood
- Scale Length- 659mm (25 15/16in)
- Upper Bout- 286mm (11 1/4in)
- Waist- 246mm (9 11/16in)
- Lower Bout- 368mm (14 1/2in)
- Body Depth- 102mm (4in)
- Body Length- 492mm (19 3/8in)
- Nut Width- 54mm (2 1/8in)
- Width at 12 Fret- 63mm (2 1/2in)
- String Spacing at Nut- 44mm (1 3/4in)
- String Spacing at Saddle- 57mm (2 1/4in)
- Finish- Original French Polish
- Serial Number- 165, completed in 1982. Signed by Thomas Humphrey on underside of the top
- Case- Case for shipping can be provided though not ideal for everyday use