Long time no see

Hey friends…  just in case anyone is wondering, I am still alive.  But life has been quite complicated, especially 2017, forcing me to neglect to update here as often as I used to.  But to mention positives, a lot of work to do plus a baby (and now a second on the way!)

I’d like to show a little Torres hommage guitar I finished a while ago for myself.  The soundboard is 5(!) pieces Carpathian spruce which comes from an old construction beam I split myself in true Torres fashion.  Body is extremely rare bois-de-rose rosewood.  At a casual look it looks all but black while strong light reveals a wonderful deep eggplant color.  Bridge is Madagascar rosewood, fingerboard is bookmatched Brazilian rosewood; simple Brazilian boxwood binding, dark old Khaya mahogany neck with v-joint and carved on both sides of the neck.   Pics are complete with workshop dust. Finish is shellac top, nitro back, wax over oil neck.

I am very happy with the sound – lively, effortless and sweet. As a demo guitar it brought in several orders from people seeking traditional over modern.

 

 

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First elevated neck

My first elevated neck guitar!  While it doesn’t seem to make a tremendous difference in playability (at least for my hands/skill) there are several constructive aspects that make me wish I had started doing it sooner.

Red cedar soundboard, lattice braced, muninga bridge
Indian rosewood body and headplate, mahogany binding
Spanish cedar neck with African blackwood fingerboard, Gotoh premium tuners.

Recording is made with just a shellac seal coat on the soundboard, fresh uncured nitro back and sides, carbon strings (fresh as well thus going out of tune)

 

A pair of 8-string guitars

A pair of twin 8 string guitars I started late last year but took a long time to finish as I tried to learn how to apply nitrocellulose lacquer.  Besides these I also recently finished another two and now I am confident to offer it as standard finish for the back, sides and neck.  The soundboards will continue to be french polished.

-lattice braced cedar soundboard, Brazilian rosewood bridge.
-intense purple Indian rosewood body and headplate
-Cedro and wenge neck with Amazon rosewood fingerboard.

They are for a very musical (and dear to me) Romanian duo and I hope to post a video as soon as they acquaint themselves with the instruments.

Fan braced Austrian spruce – Romanian maple

Traditional bracing, Austrian spruce soundboard with Romanian maple body
Brazilian rosewood bridge, African Blackwood fingerboard and headplate
Spanish cedar neck, Gotoh Deluxe tuners.

 

I’m very happy with the sound of this guitar.  Sweet and transparent tone, with a deep bass and fat trebles when asked for.  It also seems quite microphone-friendly.

Raw recordings before french polishing: