Since Paul Galbraith is coming to L.A. for the LMU guitar festival (and since I still don’t know the classical players nearly as well as the flamenco guys) I thought I’d check him out. First of all, his playing really is beautiful. But how did I not know about his setup? I’ve never seen this before. Listening to it you’d never know there was anything weird, so I guess if it works for him why not. I’m curious if it sounds better/different in the room there with him. I’m guessing that the box on the floor doesn’t really affect the sound at all, since there’s just a piece of metal connecting the guitar and the box, and that metal rod wouldn’t be a great conductor of sound? Great playing, though, so who cares.

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7 Responses to “Paul Galbraith – Albeniz’ ‘Bajo La Palmera’”

  1. michael jost says:

    sound travels really good through metal. the speed of sound in metal is much higher than in air or wood, because of the higher density.
    My guess is that the box on the floor works as some kind of reverb chamber to give also an extra body to the sound.

  2. michael jost says:

    Yes, the playing is beautiful!

  3. Kai says:

    That’s what I get for making silly assumptions without the benefit of any physics whatsoever. Glad the box serves a purpose. Does anyone know more about this?

  4. Darrell Styner says:

    Wow, interesting technique and a great sound. I’d love to hear him live sometime.

  5. He’s always had such a great tone… Especially when he switched over to the 8 string. Just beautiful.

  6. oh woww! sounds very good
    I would like to play 🙂


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