The Masterful Mr Michael Greenfield
The day a new Greenfield guitar arrives at our showroom is a little like Christmas or a birthday, purely because we don’t get many of them in the showroom, and the ones we do get in pretty much sell before they hit the ground in London. So to have more than one Greenfield in the same room is a real anomaly… but not impossible!
But before we dive into the simply outstanding Greenfield Guitars we currently have in our London showroom, let’s take a little look into the life and history or the luthier legend that is Michael Greenfield.
“While playing music professionally in the 1970s, I began setting up and repairing electric guitars. By the 1990s, this evolved into a career repairing and restoring vintage and antique guitars. Having had the opportunity to examine so many of those iconic pre-war and early 20th century instruments was an invaluable education. I was able to examine, measure, play and HEAR those wonderful guitars!! It also pointed out the issues that typically need service down the road, which I attempt to engineer out of my own instruments. Maintaining the guitars of so many musicians nurtured my understanding of how to address the needs of players with varied repertoire, styles and musical needs. I bring all of this to my craft and my current work. My goal is that you are not just satisfied but THRILLED with your new guitar...” Michael Greenfield
Michael is without a doubt one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever had the honour of meeting, and his vision for crafting extraordinary musical instruments and squeezing every last drop of tone out of a set of wood is something that blows my mind every time I play one of his guitars. Whether you are a strummer, a singer-songwriter, a bluegrass player, a blues player or a fingerstyle aficionado, Greenfield Guitars will take your music to the next dimension!
Michael's continuous search for the tonal magnificence is a never-ending process, and he still spends hours researching the history, mechanics, dynamics and physics of the guitar in order to cultivate a deeper understanding of what makes it work and how he can continue to advance his instruments.
Making a Guitar | Handcrafting Woodworking - Greenfield Guitars
“I handcraft bespoke guitars for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of playing a truly responsive instrument fashioned to the highest standard. Each commission begins with a personal consultation. The resultant choice of model, specifications, materials and options combine to make your Greenfield Guitar a truly one-of-a-kind instrument – tailor-made, exclusively for you. My goal is to address your musical requirements and/or enhance your collection…” Michael Greenfield
Over the course of the past 20 years, Michael has handcrafted more than 250 guitars and carefully collected and seasoned one of the world’s finest inventories of tonewoods imaginable; many of which were milled many decades ago.
Greenfield G2 in 'The Tree' Mahogany
Greenfield G1 in Amazon Rosewood
Greenfield G1.2 in Ziricote
The Greenfield GF Model
The GF model was designed and built by Michael to assist the increasing demand and requests from players and musicians who he felt, as he put it “were being left out of the Greenfield picture”, so he wanted to build a more affordable, stripped down Greenfield guitar, and the GF was born!
“The GF is the essential Greenfield Guitar. Discretely priced, options are limited. The GF is fashioned with elegant, understated appointments and delivers that legendary, piano-like Greenfield tone...” Michael Greenfield
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We are incredibly lucky to currently be the home of three, yes three, mind-blowing Greenfield Guitars. Here is a little bit more info about what we have in our showroom right now…
A word from the luthier himself ...
This utterly stunning Greenfield GF in highly figured Mahogany and Moon Spruce really has stopped us all in our tracks. One of the finest sounding guitars we have had in so far this year.
An incredibly responsive and articulate guitar, with clean and clear trebles, and a warmth and depth that can only come from such a high-grade set of Mahogany such as this. The surprise factor of this particular Greenfield GF, is just how clean clear and crisp the trebles are, which you don’t often find from Mahogany.
This guitar will not hang around and is one every player or collector should have in their collection.
Here are two recent videos of the Greenfield GF, played by Ben Smith:
Here are the Specs:
- Figured Mahogany back and sides
- Alpine Moon Spruce Soundboard
- Honduran Mahogany neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- Ebony body bindings
- 75" nut width
- 25" string spacing at the saddle
- Gold Gotoh 510 tuners
- Main Stage flight case
This pre-owned Greenfield GF in Moon Harvested Alpine Spruce and Reserve-grade Padauk is in immaculate condition and comes with a Carlos pick up installed as used by Eric Clapton, worth £1,000!
This gorgeous guitar features a Florentine cutaway, Ebony binding and a reinforced Mahogany neck. The Ebony fretboard is extremely smooth making this guitar a pleasure to play.
- Florentine cutaway
- Moon harvested alpine spruce soundboard
- Reserve grade Padauk back
- Reserve grade Padauk sides (Laminated with IRW)
- Ebony body Bindings
- Contrasting wood purflings
- Proprietary Greenfield Spalted Beech Rosette
- Compound 16" - 20" Radius, quarter-sawn ebony fretboard
- 1 3/4" nut width
- 2 3/16" string spacing at the bridge
- Honduran Mahogany, carbon graphite reinforced neck
- Ebony peghead overlay w "G" logo
- Adjustable, 2-way non-compressive truss rod
- Ebony Bridge
- Bone Nut and 1/4" saddle
- Gold, Greenfield "G" logo 510 tuners with ebony buttons (21:1 ratio)
- Year - 2015
This simply sensation pre-owned Greenfield G1-7 String Fanned Fret Acoustic Guitar is an absolute powerhouse! The very fist 7 stringed instrument we have stocked here at The North American Guitar and we can tell you, it will not be the last!
Built in a phenomenal reserve grade Ziricote for the back and sides, with Indian Rosewood laminated inner sides, and a wonderful Adirondack Red spruce soundboard makes this guitar perfect for the progressive fingerstyle guitar player.
Delivered in May 2017 this G1 has incredibly versatile capabilities, delivering a sweet yet crisp and articulate voice with bright and colourful overtones.
- Model - G1 - 7 String
- Serial No. 278
- Florentine Cutaway
- 25.5 - 27.0" scale - Fanned Fret
- Adirondack Red Spruce Top
- Reserve Grade Ziricote Back & Sides
- Indian Rosewood Laminated Sides
- Radially Braced back Plate with Proprietary Tone Halo
- Laskin Style Arm Bevel
- Ebony body binding
- Fine violin line, wood purflings
- Proprietary Greenfield paua heart abalone and spalted beech rosette
- Compound 16' - 20' radius, quarter-sawn ebony fingerboard bound with ebony.
- Brass circle fretboard markers with 'magic 8 ball' 12th Fret marker
- 1 1/8th Nute Width
- 2 11/16th string spacing at bridge
- Spanish cedar, carbon graphite reinforced neck,
- heel swoosh
- Ebony String through bridge inspired by the designs of Steve Klein
- Natural, unbleached bone nut and 1/4" saddle
- Gold Green "g" 510 tuners, 21:1 ratio
- Natural Finish
- Custom, Carbon fibre, Accord flight case.
This is the last available 2018 build slot with Michael Greenfield for 2018 and can be secured today with a 35% deposit of £3,587.50, based on the starting price of £10,250 for a Greenfield GF guitar.
Michael Greenfield offers a number of models, each of which has a different starting price:
- GF (£10,250 inc VAT)
- G1 (£13,950 inc VAT)
- G2 (£13,950 inc VAT)
- G3 (£13,950 inc VAT)
- G4 (£14,950 inc VAT)
- G5 (£11,650 inc VAT)
So for more information on securing your custom Greenfield Guitar or one of the wonderful Greenfield Guitars currently in our London showroom, please call us on +44 (0) 207 835 5597 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep warm and have a wonderful weekend.