#18 started, my first flamenco

While French-polishing #17, I’ve been working on numbers 18-20. I made the most progress on 18: a fine, high-silk German spruce and cypress flamenco which I hope to string up before the end of August. I am quite excited about this, being fascinated with flamenco music ever since I discovered the Spanish guitar in my teens.

This bracing scheme is called “Barbero bracing” after the famous guitar built by Marcelo Barbero in 1951 on which Sabicas recorded his Flamenco Puro album. However I have seen A Santos Hernandez (probably 1930’s) using this scheme and it is likely that Barbero borrowed it after being hired by Santos’ widow to complete his unfinished work after the master died in 1943.

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