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❌SOLD❌ Dieter Hopf – Manuel Adalid Artista Membrane Classical Guitar, 2009


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Dieter Hopf’s family has been building for over three centuries, and his collaboration with Manuel Adalid, the Artista Membrane, uses the newest techniques. This unique design is a limited double top – the marked oval area visible on the cedar top is less than 2mm thick, but lattice braced with a carbon fiber layer. The result is an exceptionally loud voice, its tone tempered by the standard cedar top areas, with great projection.

In its general construction beyond the top, the Artista Membrane shares many features with other modern high quality classical guitars. The top is Red Cedar, the sides, back and headplate are Palo Escrito, a true Rosewood from Mexico, favoured by the builders in Paracho. The neck, which uses a traditional Spanish ‘slipper heel’ with the sides tied into the heel, is Spanish Cedar with Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge. The tuners are by Schaller. The nut and saddle are bone. As common for concert style classical guitars, this uses a 650mm scale length and 51mm nut.

For repertoire requiring a high C, there is a partial 20th fret on an extended fingerboard section. The bridge features a 12-hole tie block, which allows the string the maximum downbearing on the saddle. The finish is a gloss lacquer.

This example dates to 2009 and is in very nice condition with minimal wear. Its voice is notably quite loud, yet without harshness. The combination of double and single top seems to work quite well for tempering the negative tonal effects of high volumes, which can sometimes be brash rather than sweet and well rounded.

A black molded case is included.


Price: $4,250.00 CAD
  • Model: Artista Membrane
  • Year: 2009
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 117/102
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 25/09/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Scale Length: 25.6in 650mm
  • Nut Width: 2.04in 52mm

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