Angel Romero’s Robert Guitar

Mikhail Robert

The Romero: Western Red Cedar Soundboard, Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides, Ebony Fingerboard, Honduran Mahogany Neck, “Hauser” Small Body Shape, 654mm Scale Length   $8500

The Hans Creek Sessions:  Recordings were done on site alongside the photographs amongst the forest and infantry of mosquitos. These are notRecordings professional recordings and are down directly on a Macbook in the forest. Theses tracks were recorded with old strings, on the forest floor, while being eaten alive by bugs. More clips will follow in a more controlled recording environment. This guitar was begging to be played, so I did.

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem

1. Chordal Response: lively, energetic, chordal response, snappy yet lush, hyper
𝑑1 = 4.8 ( 4.8-n) +1 = 1.8)
2. Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:
approx 12 sec as note ~ 12 sec with vibrato
𝑑2 = (4.9 – n) +1 = 1.9 )
3. Basic volume and presence: loud guitar with concert projection, intimate and personal presence loaded in dynamics
𝑑3 = (4.9 – n) +1 = 1.9)
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, piano like precision and articulation, a very present bass
𝑑4 = (4.75 – n) +1 =1.75 )
5. Systematic sustain: warms swells of sustain lingering in fundamental, complex note resonation with upper and lower partials and fast response
𝑑5 =( 4.9 – n) +1 =1.9 )
6. Response compliance: very responsive and lively,bass seems to want to pounce out of the box while the mids complement and the highs are celebrated
𝑑6 =(4.9– n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: a well balanced concert guitar with a fiery bass, large open trebles, crisp mids
𝑑7 =(4.75- n) +1 = 1.75 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: each string is well balanced, heavy bass response
𝑑8 = (4.85 – n) +1 =1.85 )
9. Tone projection: forward yet intimate concert projection, warm snap with a softer finish
𝑑9 =(4.9 – n) +1 = 1.9)
10. A large dynamic range: a large dynamic range, raspy and dark to soft and lush, a vast dynamic range with lively response
𝑑10 =(4.9 – n) +1 =1.9)
11. Tonal bloom: consistent bloom, can be overdriven, warm and rich sul pont
𝑑11 = (4.9 – n) +1 =1.9 )

Quality Of Tone

A loud and very present guitar with a lively response, full of tonal complexity. A balanced and rich sounding voice with a vast reserve of dynamics to dig up. A piano-like clarity, precise balance, strong fundamental with very controlled overtones. The trebles are lyrical and voice-like and the basses are firm and deep-rooted. An excellent guitar suited for any level of player.


∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 20.45
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = / T
𝐏= 20.45 / 22 ≅ 9.3 /10 ≅ 93%


This particular guitar was conceived by a world renowned professional guitarist in order to be used as a working, musical tool. Throughout it’s life this guitar has shared music with countless listeners worldwide at the hands of, Angel Romero. This guitar was comissioned by Romero in 1994. Angel was looking for a small bodied “Hauser” style guitar to accompany him on his tours and recordings. The expectations set for this particular build were tremendous given his current classical guitar inventory and the serious demands of each piece in his collection.


This guitar is based on a 1930 “Hauser” small body shape. Angel and Mikhail were exploring the idea of a small bodied Hauser shape with a Cedar top and slightly longer scale length (654mm).


This guitar has very smooth and controlled curves and is almost weightless. The sculpted waistline and curvaceous bouts lend a very feminine feel to the guitar. This was Angel Romero’s musical companion for many years of rigorous touring and recording.

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