Kathy Wingert Model E
Style: Wingert E Style, Cutaway
Top: Carpathian Spruce
Neck: Laminated Mahogany, 1 3/4" at the nut
Case: Deluxe Calton
Kathy Wingert Model E Grand Concert, Carpathian
Spruce & Cocobolo
This is a fantastic 2004 Model E Grand Concert, from luthier Kathy Wingert.
This instrument has a top of Carpathian spruce (basically the European Red
Spruce), and a stunning back/side set of Cocobolo. The neck is of three-piece
Mahogany laminate construction, with graphite reinforcements and a double-acting
truss rod. The neck joins the body in a traditional dovetail joint. The body
binding is also Cocobolo, while the neck is bound in Ebony. A graceful and
elegant soft cutaway provides access to the entire fretboard. The rosette
is of Abalone, flanked by a clear pickguard. The Abalone "Wingert"
headstock logo adorns the Ebony headstock overlay, and the headstock is fitted
with Gold Gotoh 510 Super Tuners (these are awesome tuners!) The body is bound
in CocoBolo, the neck is bound in Ebony. Ebony bridge with Ebony pins/abalone
Here are Kathy's comments about the model E (from wingertguitars.com):
"The Model E Grand Concert is an evenly balanced guitar with a wonderful
combination of fundamental and overtones, singing trebles, and a focused bass.
I designed my Model E with comfort and bass response in mind. The body length
is the same as a dreadnought, but with a smaller 15-inch lower bout. The waist
is long which allows the player’s arm to go over a narrower part of
the body. Equally at home in the hands of both fingerstyle players and flatpickers,
tall players as well as small, this is my most popular model. The Model E
Grand Concert is my personal favorite."
Later on the same page, she adds... "my all-time favorite steel-string
guitar is a Model E with cocobolo back and sides and a German spruce top."
A ringing endorsement for Cocobolo, to be sure, and Carpathian spruce makes
for a wonderful pairing on this guitar. But while Ms. Wingert loves the sound
of Cocobolo, it's actually now rather hard to get a new Wingert guitar with
this back/side wood. She has discovered that she is allergic to the dust from
this wood, and must basically wear a spacesuit while working with it. If she
should agree to build one for you, it will be done only with the remainder
of her private stash, and of course, at a considerable upcharge due to the
extra precautions she must now take when working with this tonewood.
This guitar plays wonderfully (natch...), and sounds magnificient. The tone
is full and rich - there's a strong bass, powerful but with focus. Trebles
sing, and there is ample resonance in the high end that leaves the guitar
ringing sympathetically long after the note is struck. Midrange is detailed
but not overbearing. This guitar is a wonderful instrument for fingerstyle,
but also makes for a great flatpicker, too, due in no small part to the dreadnought-influenced
aspects of its design.
A Deluxe White Granite Calton flight case is included with this guitar. It
has the white granite (speckled) finish, and all latches are lockable. A case
shoulder strap is included.
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