Monday, 23 November 2009

Giannini Craviola 12-string

I must say that I've always loved the design of the Giannini Craviola guitar such as this example currently for sale on eBay. It's a non-traditional acoustic guitar design that doesn't simply borrow from the shape of certain electric guitars. I like that it looks half lute, half guitar; there's something almost baroque about it.

However, opinions about the playability of these guitars seems quite polarised in a love them or hate them scenario. These Brazilian-made guitars certainly have a bit of a cult following amongst those that love them, but you'll also find stories of unplayable guitars with warped tops and lifting bridges.

Examples produced in the 1970s and 80s were built of laminated wood - which could explain some of the above-mentioned problems - whereas more up-to-date examples are built from solid wood. If you fancy one of these guitars, here is one instance where you would almost definitely be better off buying a new or relatively new example rather than a vintage guitar.

G L Wilson

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