Phoenix Guitar Company Shows Its Jazz Classical Model at Winter NAMM 2017

George Leach of the Phoenix Guitar Company stopped by our booth at the Winter 2017 NAMM convention in Anaheim, Calif., to show us his latest Jazz Classical guitar, a  nylon-string, single-cutaway model with a German spruce top, Amazon rosewood back and sides, a soundport on the upper bout, and a unique, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired rosette design. Leach comments, “The back of the neck has a much faster arc-shape profile, instead of the D-shape profile on a lot of classicals, so people who aren’t familiar with classicals find this neck to be a little more comfortable.” Following the description of the guitar, Vermont-based blues, jazz, and Americana guitarist Paul Asbell demonstrates the guitar’s sound, playing a bit of Luiz Bonfá’s Manhã de Carnaval (from the classic 1959 film, Black Orpheus).