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:

7-strings Brazilian Rw Italian spruce flamenco negra

Italian spruce soundboard flamenco negra with 7-strings, 650mm scale.
60 years old Brazilian rosewood body, fingerboard, bridge, neck spine and headplate. The back is made from 7 pieces and the sides from 6.
Spanish cedar neck, Baljak tuners.

Classical mode recording made with d’Addario normal tension strings.  In flamenco mode unfortunately I only have a phone recording made on the bare wood guitar.


Lattice braced Swiss spruce – Honduras rosewood

Swiss spruce soundboard, lattice bracing
Honduras rosewood body, Madagascar rosewood bridge and headplate, Indian rosewood binding
African blackwood fingerboard, cedro neck
Gilbert tuners.

Soundclips in raw state before french polishing, Savarez strings. With polish and d’addario strings, I found deep basses with tight, clear and sustaining trebles (reminiscent of my Bouchet model) and a quite balanced and refined presentation.


Hommage à Romanillos Flamenco blanca

Flamenco blanca, Austrian spruce soundboard and Spanish cypress body.
Jose Romanillos inspired decoration, whom I greatly admire as both luthier and person
small Spanish plantilla, 650mm scale
Cedro neck, V-joint, head plated with Amazon rosewood and bird’s eye maple
“Bois de Rose” Madagascar rosewood fingerboard
rosette background is bois de rose, “the tree” mahogany and 100yo Cuban mahogany; arches side grain flamed maple
hand-made herringbone purfling, all natural colors from more than 10 different species of wood
Brazilian rosewood bridge.

A few soundclips recorded by a classical player not being able to get a flamenco player in a short notice are linked below the photos. Guitar is absolutely asleep being strung for just 1 hour. D’addario EXP46 strings.

Spruce / Indian RW fan braced

-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:


Spruce / Cypress Bouchet

-Austrian spruce top, Bouchet bracing, 640mm scale
-Cypress body
-Spanish cedar neck with African ebony spine and fingerboard
-Indian rosewood bridge, headplate and binding.

Raw soundclips recorded without varnish:

Spruce/Indian rosewood/Satinwood Bouchet

I have been very very busy in the past few months and didn’t get a chance to update the blog. In the next period I will show several guitars. Will start with this one:

-Austrian spruce top, 90 years old Carpathian spruce bracing, Bouchet bracing
-Indian rosewood and Satinwood body
-Spanish cedar neck with African ebony spine, Macassar ebony fingerboard, Amazon rosewood headplate
-Brazilian rosewood bridge, maple binding.

Raw soundclips recorded without varnish:

#29-30 completed photos

#29

Red cedar soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Honduras mahogany neck and heel, Spanish cedar headstock
Brazilian rosewood headplate and bridge
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
African ebony fingerboard

#30

Austrian spruce soundboard, Indian rosewood body
Spanish cedar neck with Honduras mahogany heel
Brazilian rosewood bridge and Bois de rose headplate
Satinwood and maple purfling with Indian rosewood binding
black Macassar ebony fingerboard

Both fan braced, soundclips without french polish below.

Played by Tudor Niculescu, Savarez Alliance strings.








#28 completed

Austrian spruce soundboard, fan bracing (made from 90 years old spruce), figured Ceylon satinwood body
Brazilian cedar neck, 650 mm scale, with Macassar ebony fingerboard and hard bronze frets
Brazilian rosewood (60 years old) bridge, Madagascar rosewood headplate, Indian rosewood binding
Klaus Scheller engraved tuners.

D’addario strings, first day test, bare wood (and lots of drilling background noise):

#27 completed

German spruce soundboard, Bouchet bracing (mix of 90 and 20 years old spruce), flamed European maple body with 110 years old Cuban mahogany bracing
Brazilian cedar neck, 660 mm scale, with Bois de rose spine and African blackwood radiused fingerboard
Brazilian rosewood (60 years old) bridge, Madagascar rosewood headplate, Indian rosewood binding, maple, rosewood and boxwood purfling.
Rubner tuners with snakewood buttons.

Bare wood recordings, normal tension nylon: