#59

Another one that slipped through, built over 2018 and 2019.  This time a fan braced soundboard (Italian spruce) on a modern chassis.  Indian body, African blackwood armrest.

 

And a fresh bare wood, raw soundclip took with somewhat worn test strings:

 

A “new” lattice

And I am still very very slow to update here…but trust me, working from home with two little girls in my hair can be quite difficult.  I already had a number of customers pulling out and many are losing their patience. But for the record i am alive and doing whatever I can to catch up.

 

So, this is a German spruce lattice started in last year and finished this spring with Indian body, elevated neck, Madagascar rosewood bridge and armrest, mahogany neck with ebony FB.

 

And a raw recording (no varnish) with carbon strings:

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.

 

 

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:

Spruce – Madagascar rosewood

-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.

 

Lattice-braced Swiss spruce / Amazon rosewood

-lattice braced 3-piece Swiss spruce soundboard
-Brazilian rosewood bridge
-Amazon rosewood back and sides
-cedro neck with Indian rosewood headplate, ebony fingerboard
-Indian rosewood binding

Raw recording made before french polishing:

Lattice braced Carpathian spruce Bubinga

-lattice braced Carpathian spruce
-padauk bridge
-bubinga back and sides
-V-joint cedro neck with Amazon rowsewood fingerboard and Gotoh tuners
-maple binding

Bubinga is an African tonewood becoming more used in the recent years, although more so on steel string guitars. It is very hard and dense, above typical rosewoods, with a dry, woody taptone. The tone is clean and direct, reminding me of both maple and ebony. I am pleased with how it turned out and obtained several high grade sets.