I have not had the
pleasure of playing this guitar, but have been told that it
has a unique voice with amazing separation and clarity. I
is the result of Jeffrey's hybrid X and fan bracing of the top
in conjunction with his pinless bridge design.
Dream Guitars recently sold a pre-owned 6-string Elliott steel
string of similar design, which was priced at $20,000.
They described it as "simply one of the most balanced and
articulate guitars you'll ever play."
built for light gauge strings and fingerstyle playing, Jeffrey
says that it
performs equally well when flat-picked. His ingenious
use of Schaller D-Tuners on the 3 lowest strings allows
instant retuning of those 3 strings to preset pitches as much
as an octave apart. Jeffrey tells me that although designed
for banjo, these tuners work wonderfully for the sub-basses.
The first 6 strings are tuned as a standard guitar, with the
others easily tuned to complement a particular key or to
create or support special effects.
designed to be unusually
player friendly, with it's low profile and Jeffrey's compound
cutaway that merges smoothly with the heel, since the side is
countersunk flush into the heel (see photo). The string
spacing on the nut is 37 mm for strings 1 to 6 (nut width 44
mm if it were a 6 string). The total nut width is 58 mm
for all 8 strings, and the additional 2 strings float free of
quality hardshell, custom-fit TKL tweed case is provided.
extended life-time warranty and appraisal also accompany the
Dream Guitars® says, "Jeffrey
R. Elliott is considered, for good reason, one of the very
finest American makers of the Classical guitar. Everyone in
the business refers to him with regard."
"...Elliott's instruments are prized worldwide for
their warm, creamy, flexible tone; bell-like clarity and
projection; smooth, dynamic response; perfect balance; wide
color palette; well-defined separation; and unsurpassed
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of the most in-demand living builders in the world today. Elliott's
work is extremely refined and all matters of detail are perfectly
executed. The sound of course is lush and full with great clarity in
all voices. It is no wonder that his clientele include the likes of
Julian Bream, Ralph Towner, Leo Kottke, Dick Weissman, Earl Klugh, and
I say: The previous owner
didn't have the opportunity to put this instrument to best
use, so 21 years later, it is in flawless shape. It has
been thoroughly gone over by Jeffrey, and will ship from
Portland. I wish I had the opportunity to get up there
to evaluate this priceless masterpiece myself!
- Gregg Miner, the
"harp guitar pope"