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Photo is of "cutaway"
many years of playing and restoring older guitars I decided to produce guitars
in the style of the original Stella guitars made at the turn of the
century through the 1930s. Countless original "roots" musicians like Leadbelly,
Blind Willie McTell, etc. made this type of guitar famous. Many ethnic based guitarists
also used these in traditional European string bands (Italian, German, and others)
and many traditional American string bands as well. There was this reason: they
sounded the best of all the inexpensive guitars available!
to produce a very high quality instrument in this style, that is ladder-braced
and this is what Marc Silber steel string guitars are; a modern high-quality version
of this type of instrument being excellent for fingerstyle, or used with the flat
pick in bands. I choose fine, air-dried woods in general and all my instruments
are engelmann spruce for the top, palo escrito rosewood (Mexico) for the body
(occasionally other woods are used), and rosewood for the fingerboards. All the
guitars have a 12-frets to the body neck with a graphite-epoxy rod installed for
stabilization. Modern style enclosed geared tuners are standard.
has been described as loud and clear, with an unusually fast response, and this
is the sound that was preferred by roots musicians as they had to perform in many
conditions including out-of-doors. This model suits the delta style of blues also,
being very good for slide playing.
players of classical music also enjoy this style guitar with a wider neck style,
and being accurate in the tuning unlike most other steel string guitars. The mid-range
is emphasized and this gives Marc Silber Guitars their great carrying power. The
body is 15 inches wide (like 000 and OM models), and features
a cutaway and a neck with 12-frets to the body. This allows access to the upper
frets and places the bridge more in the middle of the body giving it a more even
sound and longer sustain. The scale length is 25.25. And the neck is 1 ¾
at the nut.
is patiently set-up, and individually checked out to be in tune and play well
before being put up for sale. This includes voicing the top of each
guitar after it has been otherwise completed.
Silber Guitars feature nitro-cellulose lacquer finishes.