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.
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:
Red cedar soundboard braced in a new pattern that resembles Friederich.
Indian rosewood body, binding, headplate and Brazilian rosewood bridge
Spanish cedar neck with ebony fingerboard.
Raw recording made before french polishing. The guitar has a deep bass with focused trebles, a type of cross between a traditional fan sound and Bouchet.
-European spruce soundboard, Hauser I inspired construction
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, back and sides
-Very old African mahogany neck with African blackwood headplate and fingerboard, Gotoh Premium tuners.
Raw recordings made before french polishing. The guitar has an old-world dark type of sound, fat trebles with excellent headroom and projection.
-Lutz spruce soundboard with the latest version of my own fan bracing I’ve been tweaking in the past couple of years. Nothing revolutionary, just a few subtle changes (ideas used by other makers too) to improve the sustain of the standard Torres or Hauser models and also close the gap a bit towards my wood lattices. I am thrilled with the trebles on this one: strong, responsive, clear yet sweet and rich. Just listen listen to the Barrios from 1:40 to 2:40! (or the Rodrigo introduction)
-spectacular extremely dark and tight deep purple Indian rosewood.
-mahogany neck with Brazilian rosewood spine, Madagascar rw headplate, Brazilian rosewood bridge
-African blackwood fingerboard, Klaus Scheller tuners.
Final sound with Savarez new cristal nylon strings:
Raw wood soundclip with carbon strings:
This is a special guitar which I made for myself. It happened that last year the number of builds caught up with my age – 34.
The (fan-braced) soundboard is the best I have handled so far, rivaling a double top. According to the seller it came from a reclaimed dead tree from the Vancouver area.
-back, sides, headplate and rosette of highly figured Honduras mahogany, the famous “the tree” cut in 1965.
-neck and bridge of 60 yo Brazilian rosewood
-fingerboard and back strip of bois-de-rose Madagascar rosewood, Indian rw binding.
Recently the guitar passed to an incredible guitarist I met, Cristian Gramesc from Salzburg.
Soundclips: pieces by Tedesco, Regondi and Brouwer, Savarez strings.
-Italian bearclaw spruce top, fan bracing, 650mm scale
-Indian rosewood body
-Spanish cedar neck with African Blackwood fingerboard
-Madagascar rosewood bridge, Indian rw headplate and binding.
Raw soundclips recorded without varnish, nylon strings: