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Brand New Porter Quantum Classical, Indian Rosewood/Carpathian Spruce
$7,720 $7,495
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Status
In Stock
Brand
Porter, Steve
Product Year
2017
Model
Quantum Classical
Serial #
36
New/Preowned
New
UPC
600246969040
SKU
TMP494
Condition
Brand new
Body Type(s)
Medium, Concert Classical
Back & Sides
Rosewood - Indian
Top
Spruce - Carpathian
Neck Wood
Cedar - Spanish
Neck Profile
D
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosette
Mosaic
Top Trim
Wood Lines
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
7th Fret Dot
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Rosewood
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
None
Instrument Finish
French Polish
Body Bindings
Rosewood
Tuners
Sloane
Tuner Finish
Gold with Black Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.25 mm
Upper Bout
11 mm
Lower Bout
14.375 mm
Body Depth Heel
3 mm
Body Depth Tail
4.25 mm
Scale Length
25.5 in
Scale Length (mm)
651 mm
Nut Width
2.02 in
Nut Width (mm)
51.5 mm
String Spacing
2.25 in
String Spacing (mm)
56.2 mm
Weight
4 lb. 12 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case - Original
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Description

This is our first Classical from California-based luthier Steve Porter—and it won’t be the last! Adopting some of Gil Carnal’s tried-and-true techniques for his own builds, Porter manages to carve out a voice with fierce projection married with a smooth responsiveness and note separation. Clarity is the name of the game here; this Quantum Classical has the easy, breathy richness of a much older, opened up guitar.


Porter achieves this with Balsa braces reinforced with carbon fiber along the top and a suspended cross bar and more carbon fiber rods to tie it all together. With a thin French Polish finish to keep things as resonant as possible, and a cantilevered fretboard extension (ditto for minimal top impedance), and twin soundports flanking the heel, this guitar is both loud and clear. It doesn’t hurt that the top is a creamy set of Carpathian Spruce, or that the back and sides are light-chocolate Indian Rosewood. To make sure the soundports weren’t giving the player a false sense of the guitar’s projection and dynamism, we tested this beauty with an extra set of hands to cover the soundports. The voice remained expansive and balanced. We then compared the instrument’s tone with the guitar in our lap to the voice as heard from ten feet away. Ditto on expansiveness and balance.


This 2017 Concert Classical from Steve Porter already speaks beyond its years, and there’s only one direction to go from here: up.

Steve Porter learned from the very best. His time working with Jeff Elliott is evident in this guitar. Sublime warmth, clear trebles and power across the entire fingerboard. This is a lifetime guitar for any player.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 651 mm
NUT WIDTH 51.5 mm
STRING SPACING 56.2 mm
WOODS SPRUCE - CARPATHIAN,
ROSEWOOD - INDIAN

This is our first Classical from California-based luthier Steve Porter—and it won’t be the last! Adopting some of Gil Carnal’s tried-and-true techniques for his own builds, Porter manages to carve out a voice with fierce projection married with a smooth responsiveness and note separation.
 

Steve Porter learned from the very best. His time working with Jeff Elliott is evident in this guitar.
 
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