Sunday, November 25, 2018

Making guitars #49,50

These guitars were commissioned by a single client who had in mind making 2 guitars using the very best materials and fancy aesthetic. He even wanted MOP monogram inlays in the heel cap. I was reluctant about this at first because of the time and patience involved in cutting intricate designs in pearl but I found an inlay supplier that could make the pearl inlays for me on a CNC machine so the result was a perfectly clean and precise piece to inlay in the guitar. When a client wants to have his initials inlaid in the guitar it means he is making a total commitment with you. After many emails we decided on the following specs:

Guitar # 49:
master grade spruce top
premium ziricote back and sides
Spanish cedar neck
ziricote with sapwood head veneer with B/W flechas center
spalted maple rosette with B/W flechas
B/W flechas around perimeter
ebony binding
B/W purfling on back and sides
Brazilian rosewood bridge with spalted maple inlaid tieblock
MOP monogram inlaid in heel cap

Guitar #50
master grade redcedar top
premium cocobolo back and sides
mahogany neck
camphor burl head veneer
signature rosette 
flechas around perimeter
Brazilian rosewood binding
special purfling on back and sides
Brazilian rosewood bridge with flechas inlaid tieblock
MOP monogram inlaid in heel cap

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Making Three Flamenco Blancas

In 2018 I decided to make this trio of traditional flamenco guitars with spruce tops and Mediterranean cypress back and sides.  Two of the guitars are made with a bracing pattern after a '72 Sobrinos de Esteso made by Faustino Conde that once belonged to the guitarist Parrilla de Jerez. The other I fashioned after Manuel Reyes. For all I used 655 scale length. Even though I used the plantilla I normally use which is taken from Esteso, I changed other aspects of the guitar design to conform to the different idiosyncrasies of the originals, such as thicknesses, depth of the sides and bridge design. All in all these are instruments inspired by other makers work.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Archive: Guitar No.44, classical

Classical guitar made with redcedar top, figured Indian rosewood back and sides, Spanish cedar neck, maple binding and Brazilian rosewood bridge. Blonde shellac finish. Signature rosette. Rubner tuning machines.