Posts from ‘Coming Soon’
We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from English luthier Jake Fuller. The woods used for this guitar have a great story, which Jake tells us in his own words:
“The old spruce is from a violin wedge some I got from a cello maker. The guitars has a four piece top and a three-piece English cherry back. Sounded good from the first strum.
“I was offered a few pieces of this spruce by the violin maker, who was given them by a retired cello/violin maker (now deceased). You can tell it’s old when you work it. The best way to describe it is fossilized. This guitar was made from one of the best wedges. You can see the darkening of the wood at the ends from years of being stored. It must be over 50 years old at least to get to this state. The old spruce wood seems to give the guitars a played-in feel from the beginning.
“The English Cherry came from a local wood dealer who specialises in indigenous hardwoods. It came from a large pile of reclaimed floor boards. It’s one of my favourite woods for the back and sides. Firstly, it’s satisfying to use wood from my country. It’s a wood of medium density, sitting between cypress and rosewood, similar to maple. Unlike maple, which has a dullish tap tone, it has a nice clear ring to it, more like a rosewood. Subsequently it gives the guitar a wider range of qualities, from the warmth of maple, to the presence of rosewood. It also has a wonderful colour with a subtle figure.”
We have two guitars being built for us by the great Sevilla flamenco maker Francisco Barba, so I stopped by the shop when I was in Spain to pay a visit. Francisco wasn’t there that day, but I got to hang out with his sons, Juan and Jose, and see the shop, which is quite spacious and turns out to be the home in which the sons were born, now converted to a shop. Unlike most makers, who make a few guitars at a time, the Barbas work in one large batches that they complete once a year, so that they spend most of each year preparing all the parts they will use to make a year’s worth of guitars. They prepare the woods in winter when the humidity is high, they assemble the guitars in the spring and they finish guitars in the fall.
Aside from the birds, one of the more interesting thing I noticed in the shop was the circular cutouts from the soundholes (see photos) that they keep so that if ever need to make repairs they have wood from the top of the very guitar they are repairing. We have a blanca and a negra coming from them which should be ready shortly.
We have photos of the next guitar coming to us from Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a gorgeous cedar and Indian rosewood guitar with maple purfling and some of Jose’s most beautiful work to date. Jose is finishing French polishing the guitar now and it should be ready in just a few weeks.
We have some photos of what will be the next guitar coming to us from Granada luthier Henner Hagenlocher. It will be a spruce-top classical and you can see the gorgeous back and sides for yourself. Henner tells us that this is rosewood he bought in England 20 years ago when he was a student. It will be a 650 scale guitar with traditional strutting and will feature a new Torres-inspired head stock design and limited edition tuners from Fustero, who has retired and makes very few tuners these days. The guitar should be completed in about a month.
*Update – Vladimir has sent us some more photos and the guitar looks stunning. We should have the guitar in mid June (Vladimir will be in town for GFA and is bringing it himself).
We’ve received photos of the first guitar to us coming from Russian luthier Vladimir Druzhinin, whom we met a few years back in Moscow. The guitar is a Hauser-inspired classical with a cedar top and African rosewood back and sides.
We have photos of the next guitar on its way to us from Italian luthier Enrico Bottelli – an absolutely stunning spruce and CSA rosewood classical with Rogers tuners that Enrico tells us is similar in construction to the last guitar we had from him – this 2015 ‘Twelve’ model – in that it is a modified Hauser-style guitar, but with a lighter top for more power (with less effort by the player) without any loss of sustain or roundness of tone. The three-piece back is highly figured and the neck is made from beautifully flamed Honduran mahogany. Enrico tells us he wanted to feature the natural beauty of the wood in this guitar.
We have photos of the beginning stages of the new guitar being made for us by Granada luthier Jose Vigil – a cedar and Indian rosewood classical in the Granada school tradition that our own JohnPaul Trotter got a look at on his recent trip to Granada. It’ll be a while before the guitar is ready, so in the meantime check out this great video of Nejc Kuhar playing the most recent cedar-top we had from Vigil.
Check out photos of the new guitar on its way to us from Korean luthier Woon Sun Lee – an absolutely stunning cedar and CSA rosewood classical that features Lee’s meticulous and elegant craftsmanship and, judging by our experience with all of his instruments so far, will sound amazing, too!