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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Swiss spruce Indian rosewood lattice

Swiss spruce soundboard, lattice bracing
Indian rosewood body
Brazilian rosewood bridge, African Blackwood fingerboard and headplate
Spanish cedar neck, Baljak tuners.

Hannabach Goldin strings used for the recordings.

 

 

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.

fan braced Lutz spruce / Indian rosewood

-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: