Flamenco Guitar: Cypress & Spruce Blanca

A straight-forward, classic blanca, constructed with a spruce soundboard, Mediterranean cypress back and sides, an ebony fingerboard and a Spanish cypress neck. The guitar is tuned with traditional ebony friction pegs. Even though it is such a familiar list of ingredients, a well-constructed flamenco guitar is a joy to play. Thanks to the resins and the aromatic oils of the Spanish cypress, one of the many delights of a new blanca is its unmistakable aroma.

The rosette is constructed with mosaic tiles and wood veneer lines. In rosette work, it is tempting to get “fancy”. Take a look at the mass-produced rosettes. Technically, they are fairly elaborate, albeit soul-less, in my opinion. A bit like a WalMart Degas posters. I’d much prefer simplicity and originality to kitschy cuteness.

The headstock, also known as a peg head, is carved by hand. The wooden pegs, if well-fitted and properly lubed, work remarkably well.

The flowing lines of a cleanly-carved guitar heel are not only pleasing to the eye, but are also essential for the musician’s comfort and the guitar’s playability in the upper register the fretboard.

Take care blanca. Enjoy your new home in Austin (Texas). Play lots, and write back from time to time!

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