Ordering

I'll work with you to make the guitar that is best suited to the music you play and how you play it. You can have your instrument tailored in the choice of wood, neck profile, body depth, string spacing, scale length, inlays, and other aesthetics. Please check out my gallery page for examples of designs I currently use.

I now offer 3 models:


original standard
Torres FE-17 romantic

1930's Madrid standard

There are two standard size guitars.  This is the modern body size of 19.125 inches long and 14.5 inches wide.  One is rounder or curvier looking and is an original shape and the other is more traditional and is based on the Madrid guitars of the beginning of the 20th century of Santos Hernandez and Domingo Esteso.

The third guitar is based on the FE-17 1864 Torres.  It has a body that is 18.25 inches long and 12.9 inches wide. I call it a romantic classical guitar because of the music being played at the time this guitar was made by Torres, although this was also the time Torres was revolutionizing guitar design with the introduction of the larger model.  

The standard models can be made in the classical or flamenco type.

Currently, a classical or flamenco Luis Fernandez de Cordoba guitar sells for US$4,995. My guitars have an original plantilla (body shape) and include the following standard features:
  • top: European spruce, western red cedar and others
  • back and sides: Indian rosewood, flame maple, Mediterranean (Turkish) cypress and many other alternatives
  • binding: rosewood or flame maple
  • neck: mahogany, Spanish cedar
  • neck width, shape and string spacing: your choice*
  • action: your choice**
  • scale length: 650 mm or other 
  • fingerboard: ebony or rosewood
  • bridge: rosewood (6 or 12 hole tie block)
  • handmade rosette
  • tuning machines: Rubner brass plates with ebony or ivoroid buttons
  • finish: french polish (amber or blonde tones)
  • strings: your choice
  • golpeadores: clear or white plastic (for flamenco guitars)
  • standard white dot fret markers
  • guitar case: black vinyl or tweed covered, arched-top with plush interior
  • free shipping: anywhere in the USA

Additional custom options (at extra cost) include:
  • upgrade top
  • upgrade back and sides: cocobolo or other rosewoods, flame walnut, figured Indian rosewood, ziricote, Malaysian blackwood and others
  • other binding wood
  • special commission rosette
  • graphite neck reinforcement
  • upgrade tuning machines: Rubner Superior, Gotoh Premium, Sloan, Alessi, Rogers, Pegheads, etc.
  • cutaway
  • pickups
  • special commission inlays or embellishments
  • strap buttons
  • pearl dot fret markers
  • multistring guitar (7, 8, 9…13 string guitar)
  • special pickguard or golpeador
  • upgrade case

A US$500 deposit is required when you place an order, at which time you will get on my waiting list. Waiting times vary, but one year is the norm. The rest of the payment is required before delivery of the finished guitar. I take checks or money orders. 

If you are not happy with the guitar, returns are possible and will be handled on a case by case basis.  

Guarantee: I will repair free of charge (excluding shipping) any damage to the guitar. This excludes wear and tear and improper handling of the guitar.

*The standard neck is 52 mm wide at the nut and 62 mm at the 12th fret. Thickness is 21.5 mm at the 1st fret and 22-23 mm at the 9th fret. Standard string spacing is 43 mm at the nut and 57-58 mm at the bridge.

**Standard action is 3.0-3.5 mm from high E to low E at the 12th fret for classical models, and 2.5-3.0 mm for flamenco and stage models. I can make the action suite your preference. I can also supply various saddles with different actions for an additional charge.