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Hans van den Berg builds a masterful 10-string guitar

Today we had the pleasure of hearing the doyen of the ten-string guitar testing out a new instrument from a rising, master luthier.

Fritz Buss (longtime alumnus and teaching assistant of the legendary Narciso Yepes) hailed Hans van den Berg‘s first ten-string guitar was as a “masterly” accomplishment.

Buss’s praise coincides with laudatory reviews of Berg’s six-string guitars from Guitar Salon International: http://www.guitarsalon.com/blog/?p=8932

Berg’s ten-string guitar combines elements of the Friederich, Ramirez and Bernabe schools of luthiery and features a composite, cedar soundboard as well as Berg’s own masterly sense of aural and visual aesthetics and impeccable craftsmanship.

The sonority of the instrument, in its own right, is every bit the equal of the Spanish ten-string guitars associated with Yepes, and may (developed by the touch – and the ears – of a sensitive artist) mature to surpass its illustrious predecessors.

I have no reservations about recommending Hans van den Berg as my first choice to anyone wanting to take the leap to the ten-string guitar, or to upgrade to a new, masterful instrument. (For orders, please contact Hans at bergguitars@gmail.com.)

-Viktor van Niekerk, Johannesburg (2014/10/25)

Fritz Buss tests Berg (2014) 10-string guitar
Fritz Buss (alumnus and teaching assistant of Narciso Yepes) tests the first 10-string guitar by master luthier Hans van den Berg (25 October 2014)
Fritz Buss tests Berg (2014) 10-string guitar
Fritz Buss tests Hans van den Berg 10-string guitar
Fritz Buss tests Berg (2014) 10-string guitar
Hans van den Berg (luthier) with Fritz Buss
Hans van den Berg (luthier) with his new ten-string guitar
Master luthier Hans van den Berg unveils his ten-string guitar with composite soundboard (25 October 2014)
luthier, student and teacher
Hans van den Berg (South African luthier) with Fritz Buss (master 10-string guitar teacher) and Trish (a student of Fritz and proud owner of the new 2014 Berg 10-string guitar)

 

Specifications for BERG 10 string Classical Guitar

MODEL: 10 STRING CONCERT CLASSICAL SUPREME DOUBLE TOP
UPPER BOUT: 280 mm
LOWER BOUT: 370 mm
BODY DEPTH: at TAIL BLOCK 105 mm
BODY DEPTH: at HEEL 100 mm
SCALE: 664 mm
NUT WIDTH: 86 mm
ACTION SETTINGS: TO SUIT INDIVIDUAL

MATERIALS:
TOP: ——————-DOUBLE TOP WESTERN RED CEDAR GRD AAA OUTSIDE and
WESTERN RED CEDAR GRD AA inside with NOMEX CORE
BACK & SIDES : —EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD 1ST GRADE
DOUBLE SIDES – KIAAT INNER SIDES
NECK : —————-SPANISH CEDAR
FINGERBOARD : —WEST AFRICAN EBONY 1ST GRADE WITH AFRICAN BLACKWOOD BINDING
BRIDGE : ————-EAST INDIAN ROSEWOOD WITH INLAY TO MATCH ROSETTE
WOOD BINDING : —- AFRICAN BLACKWOOD with FIGURED KIAAT TOP PURFLING
FACE OF HEAD : —- AFRICAN BLACKWOOD WITH KIAAT and EBONY INLAYS
ROSETTE :———— FIGURED KIAAT WITH EBONY AND MAPLE AND ABALONE INLAYS
SADDLE & NUT : —- BONE
FINISH : ————— FRENCH POLISH
FRETS :—————– SILVER NICKLE– MEDIUM
MACHINE HEADS : — SCHERTLER SWISS

Berg 10-string guitar

Berg 10-string guitar, under construction
Berg 2014 ten-string guitar, under construction

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Lastly, here is a video of Berg’s newest six-string guitar, played by the wonderful American guitarist Jon Mendle (for GSI):