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:

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: