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Testimonials

Early 2021 Stephen reached the 300 guitars milestone but has been so engrosed with the workshop side of things this is a relatively new page. Thank you to all who have and whom will contribute some words to this page. 


"The process of commissioning an instrument can be quite scary. Not so with Steve. This could have been a challenging build as it was my first nylon strung instrument and Steve’s first crossover guitar with so many changes to a standard classical instrument - smaller nut, radiused fingerboard, modern appointments, new bridge design, different cutaway, different headstock, “strange” neck profile…and more. This was designed as we went along with Steve pinging WhatsApp messages and photographs frequently about how each detail was going to be executed. The final result is nothing short of magical. Utterly faultless build finishing (I have never seen such precision woodworking before), stunning design and details and a sound which is a completely different league to any other crossover instrument I have played/heard. His flexibility and speed of response turned what might have been nightmare in to a relaxing and entertaining journey. This is the golden age of guitar building, so there are lots of great luthiers out there…but few can do what Steve has done and provide such enjoyment when doing it. Thank you."
A Gray, Crossover, 2021


"I visit Stephen's workshop yearly since 2014 and used his guitars since 2015. I first owned a Concert Model Spruce top and currently his Friederich-inspired Grand Concert with double sides and a Cedar top. Ordering a guitar from Steve was an experience in itself: I chose the wood, was given a lot of insight into the building process and was kept regularly updated with photos. Stephen works in the tradition of the great masters of old and is inspired by the same sound that fascinated me when I started. Over the years I've tried most models he makes and they have some unifying qualities that are his essence. The guitars are aesthetically pleasing and very nice to hold. If you play the guitar for hours every day you should be able to enjoy this aspect. A guitar isn't made to be looked at though: it also needs to be comfortable to play, to have a "malleable" sound, and to project well in a space. Steve makes all that happen. For the needs of performers used to lattice bracing or double tops, volume may well be an issue, however, the Grand Concert deals with this well by having both a traditionally braced top AND extra power thanks to the double sides. For the advancing student a Cadenza model has everything they need for the experience of owning a real hand-crafted guitar minus some of the frills of higher-end models. In the years I have known Steve I have seen him experiment and grow. He is a dedicated maker, always perfecting his craft, and is really friendly and open. Playing on Stephen Eden guitars I also became a better musician and learned a lot from his instruments and from our interactions."
P Ralev, 2021



 "The guitar has a beautiful French polish finish which looks like glass on its surface.
This is a solid guitar with a lovely sculptured neck making it easier to play. Whilst it is a smaller scaled instrument there has been no compromise in terms of looks and feel. The cedar neck has been beautifully carved making it very comfortable for the left hand.
The quality of the sound is outstanding. I didn’t realise you could get such a good sustain until I played this instrument. I find no discernible difference in the bass response, in fact it's much richer and deeper than any other guitar I have played. This is an incredible achievement for such a small bodied instrument. Probably the biggest change I have found is that the sound is so stable and consistent. It even sounds better if you play it hard with no loss of pitch or clarity.
All in all I am absolutely delighted with my guitar I shall cherish it for as long as I am able to play it. I have no doubt that your skills in making such instruments will place you well into the realms of the great Luthiers of the past."

R Price, Grand Concert, 630mm scale length, 2021


"For about the first 3 months I played it a lot. At first just at home practising while I got familiar with it, and then took it out to play for dance classes and gigs etc Then for the next 3 months I compared it with 2 other guitars I have, a Conde blanca and a Conde negra, by rotating playing the 3 guitars in turn. Since then I have just played the guitar you made exclusively. I really like the feel of the guitar, response, and sound - I can't really find the right words to describe it. The guitar is really, really gutsy and powerful and a joy to work with."
M Dennett, Owner of two Soleá, one wider necked, 2018 & 2020


"I would like to say that the classical guitar I'm playing that you made for me is the best I've ever had. It is in fact, my dream guitar. The balance between treble and bass is perfect with a sweetness in the treble and an overall bass sound that I've always been looking for. I feel a sense of pleasure every time I open the case and practising is a joy"
M Lyons, Concert Model, 2019

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