“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”

Thomas Merton

“My favourite song is the one I will write today”


Kevin Hennig


G.W. Barry

Oct 1 2017  “Hardington”


Mod C

Soundboard Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis

  Back, Sides Ziricote Cordia angiocarpa

Neck Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros

Nut Width 1 3/4″
String Spacing 2 1/4″
Scale Length 25.6″
Lower Bout 15 1/2″
Price  $7695 CAD or $6000 USD


1.Chordal Response:  an energetic, response, dark sustained- rich chordal weight with crisp developed mids, warm productive bass  4.8
𝑑1 = 4.8   ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8)
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  great sustain with upper/ lower partials,    4.85
𝑑2 = 4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a productive balanced voice with plenty of headroom, dynamic and crisp voice, rewarding and balanced spectrum of light and darkness    4.8
𝑑3 =4.8 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8)
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, shimmering bright highs, dark and decadent bass wet and dry notes, possible, great balance and articulation     4.85
𝑑4 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, crisp malleable sustain, capable of building amplitude  4.8
𝑑5 =4.8 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced finish, an active and balanced spectrum     4.8
𝑑6 = 4.85 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.85 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: well balanced with a dark acoustic note drenched in creamy rich mids and present highs, nuances of nylon visions, an enthusiastic voice, inviting vibrant, warm resonating harmonics, effortless playability,             4.85
𝑑7 = 4.85( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation,  4.8
𝑑8 = 4.8 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.8 )
9. Tone projection: forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound, crisp-sharp-mids- focused highs      4.8
𝑑9 =4.85 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95)
10. A large dynamic range: an array of dynamics, soft, open, sweet, dark, decadent and bright, cowboy to classical responsive steel string box  4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, dark and decadent and even.    4.85
𝑑11 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )


Quality Of Tone

Trude has a determined voice capable of resounding through the hill sides as well  as whispering sweet nothings in your ear. This instrument presents a dynamic voice with a spectrum of malleable nuances from the classical realm to old west rag. An energetic box with a full bodied sound and a lot of headroom to explore. This is a guitar that is ready to get up and go at first strike and rewards you with energetic tone. Truly an exquisite instrument with tremendous musical potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)=19.5
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 19.5 / T
𝐏= 19.5/ 22 ≅ 8.9/10 ≅ 89%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is a GW Barry original body design, headstock design, rosette, bracing pattern and voice. It was crafted in 2017 by Barry in his shop in Toronto, Canada.

Notion of Design

This guitar was crafted for Symphontree Music by Gord Barry after we began discussing guitars together three years ago.  This is a guitar I have long been anticipating for a long time. I am honoured to share G.W. Barry’s incredible work to the world.

A sophisticated guitar with a refined-responsive voice. Clean refined lines and colours, stunning wood, and vivacious curves make this an intimate guitar to build a sincere musical relationship with.




Oct 1 2017  Hardington