2003 Schoenberg "Soloist"
I took these pictures and the following words from the
previous owners For Sale advertisement in the UMGF:
The guitar has Italian Alpine spruce top, Honduras Rosewood (in this
case, believed to be dalbergia tucurensis) back and sides, snakewood
bindings, ebony fretboard and pyramid bridge. Bridge pins are ebony.
Finish is oil varnish. String spacing is 1 3/4” at the nut, 2 3/8” at
the bridge. The neck profile is a fairly shallow C, not as beefy as a
Martin Mod-V; it seems very sleek and comfortable to me.
The tone of this guitar is bright, and offers striking clarity and very
immediate response. It is much louder and punchier than my modern
Martins; I have never played a vintage Martin OM, so I can't really
comment on how well this Soloist compares to the originals by which it
is inspired. The sound is not awash in overtones, but rather emphasizes
crystal clear fundamentals, with enough woodiness to give it a distinct
vintage feel. Because of its extreme responsiveness, it is not kind to
mistakes (you hear everything) or sloppy playing. It also does not
respond to lots of muscle; while it has plenty of headroom for my
playing, it seems to let you get there with very little effort. It is a
fingerpicker's guitar, in my opinion (just as the Soloist model was
intended). I play with nails, but it would be excellent for a
bare-finger picker as well. Fingerpicks are likely to sound harsh,
unless you are truly a master with them. In many ways this guitar has
challenged me to play better, and rewarded my efforts with outstanding
tone. This guitar can fill a good-sized room with clear, ringing sound;
next to it my Martin OMs (OM-28V, OM-28 Marquis), which I also love,
sound muted and dull.