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AGED SPRUCE GUITAR

What does age do to spruce? To wood in general? Or to the sound of the guitars, and other musical instruments for that matter? How long to age, five years? Thirty? Someone with a bit more knowledge of the wood … Continue reading

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Hybridizing Domingo Esteso’s Guitar Rosettes

Cooking two guitars rosettes…until flavors blend. That was basically what I was asked to do. To borrow the elements from two rosettes made by the legendary Spanish luthier Domingo Esteso, and create a hybrid of those originals. Border details from … Continue reading

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European Maple & Carpathian Spruce Classical Guitar

Lately, it seems, maple-bodied classical guitars have been gaining recognition among guitarists, and for good reasons! Maple as a tonewood has been around for a very long time. Maple has been the traditional choice for the violin family instruments (with … Continue reading

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Classical Guitar: East Indian Rosewood & Wester Red Cedar

#78 $6,500 This guitar is warm and resonant, with excellent projection and balanced tone. Tonewoods: East Indian rosewood back & sides, western red cedar soundboard, Spanish cedar neck, ebony fingerboard. Scale length: 650mm with 52mm spacing at the nut Tuners: … Continue reading

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New Guitar From Very Old Wood: European Spruce & Rosewood Classical

Some things in life get better with age. Musical instrument-making tonewoods fall into that category. As fortune would have it, my client stumbled upon this “muy viejo” tonewood through Craigslist. I have the fortune of transforming this gorgeous old wood … Continue reading

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Flamenco Guitar: Blanca

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Port Orford Cedar Flamenco Guitar

Port Orford Cedar has been gaining a reputation and a following as a fine guitar tonewood for backs, sides, and even soundboards. Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is actually in the cypress family. Being a cypress, Port Orford Cedar … Continue reading

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Redwood Marries Mediterranean Cypress

REDWOOD SOUNDBOARD MARRIES MEDITERRANEAN CYPRESS European spruce soundboards are traditional in flamenco guitars. This blanca strikes out in a different direction. Each guitar has its own story, and this one is no exception. As I built this guitar, I had … Continue reading

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