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Innovation  
Classical guitars have evolved over hundreds of years. Improving the performance of the classical guitar to satisfy the musician is something that I firmly believe in. This may be carried out in many ways from using new materials and patterns in soundboard bracing, or in trying new things such as the sound portal- respecting tradition while innovating.

The sound portal is something that I have been experimenting with for years, the prototype developed in the 90's. It consists of an elliptical opening in the side of the guitar facing the player which increases the volume of the instrument to both the player and the audience by reducing the cancellation of sound waves making the instrument more efficient. It can be closed, partially or fully, with a door that is held on using magnets. Closing the portal can be advantageous during duets with a quieter instrument. The bracing patterns developed in tandem with the portal feature interlocking braces of the highest quality-bracing stock. This system creates a guitar that is exciting to play, extremely RESPONSIVE, with amazing volume and all the tonal colors found in the finest traditional guitars-perhaps even more....


"Of all this great family of gifted craftsmen and artists in wood Stephan Connor is one of the greatest. His instruments have poetry, power, clarity and that extra, indefinable magic that makes playing them a joy and inspiration"
—Eliot Fisk

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