Continuing to catch up with the blog, this is my first wenge guitar made in 2020, and despite the difficulties of using this wood the tone is really a pleasant surprise. The top is Italian Alpine spruce, wood lattice bracing, ebony headplate and binding, African blackwood fingerboard and armrest, Brazilian rosewood bridge. Below the gallery, a couple videos made by the owner.
I continue to show some older work, this time a flamenco from 2020, cedar with cypress, Rio fingerboard, aluminium tuners – quite light overall. Unfortunately the only sound sample is by yours truly and in raw wood. Big and rich sound, really loved it (especially for a cedar top)
This is a Romanian maple Torres style guitar with a rather unusual feature: a sterling silver mini-tornavoz (and nut). Alpine spruce top, sipo neck, Blackwood head, Rio fb and bridge, ebony binding.
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:
-lattice braced Carpathian spruce
-bubinga back and sides
-V-joint cedro neck with Amazon rowsewood fingerboard and Gotoh tuners
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.
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.
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.
-Austrian spruce top, Bouchet bracing, 640mm scale
-Spanish cedar neck with African ebony spine and fingerboard
-Indian rosewood bridge, headplate and binding.
Raw soundclips recorded without varnish:
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):
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: