Review: De Cascia, Sylvia Model Classical Guitar

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De Cascia, Sylvia Model Classical Guitar
Youtube video review link: YouTube De Cascia Review
More info or purchase: De Cascia, Sylvia Classical Guitar

Hear is a video of the excellent Drew Henderson playing this model at the Grand Guitar Salon. This might give you better idea of the sound compared to the bright reflective room that I did the review in.

Photo Gallery: Click to enlarge the images. You can also see more pictures at the De Cascia website.

Specifications

  • 650mm scale length with 52mm nut width
  • Canadian cedar top
  • All wood lattice braced
  • Indian rosewood back & sides
  • Brace-less arched back
  • African mahogany neck
  • Raised ebony fingerboard
  • Sound port
  • Arm rest
  • Der Jung tuning machines
  • Back, sides, neck & headstock are all lacquered
  • Top is hand rubbed French polish

I was very pleased to receive this demo guitar for review. You can watch the above video to hear my comments on the guitar but in a nutshell: it’s a great instrument for the price. I’m super interested in guitars in this price range as intermediate students of mine can’t always make the jump to a $6000 single luthier made instrument. Coming in around $2000 Canadian this guitar has all the features of a modern pro instrument. De Cascia is a Montreal based company owned by Paul B. Jabrayan who also runs the well-known Grand Guitar Salon in Montreal. They sell high-end classical guitars but started up this brand to accommodate the need for modern instruments at more affordable rates, as described below via their about page.

Many teachers who visited the Grand Guitar Salon, asked me to find good affordable guitars for some of their high school, college and university students that were excellent guitar players, but could not afford expensive hand built guitars, yet they required good tone, playability and projection.Working in collaboration with the teachers and their students, we came up with several models to accommodate players of all levels.

Each model is based on designs and bracing patterns, of higher end luthier guitars showcased at the Grand Guitar Salon, select woods are purchased direct from major merchants around the world, the woods are then shipped to China where the guitars are handcrafted in limited quantities by a small group of very dedicated luthiers.

As a last step, when the guitars are sent back to Montreal, local luthiers do a complete verification and set up, according to industry standards, on some models new bone saddles, bridges and nuts are produced, tuners are upgraded and let’s not forget the hand rubbed French polish finishing on the soundboards.


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