We’ve just received a new flamenco blanca guitar that came to us directly from Andy Culpepper’s workshop. The guitar looks unique and represents a journey of the Romani people who travelled half of the world to Andalusia.

Camarón de la Isla and his hand tattoo.

As a guitar maker and player, Andy is strongly rooted in the Spanish guitar tradition, but he has also developed his own distinguished personal style. He learned the craft of lutherie from Richard Cogger, a classical and flamenco guitar maker in Ithaca with whom Andy shared a work space before establishing his own workshop. As a player, Andy studied flamenco guitar in Spain. Andy is a very talented luthier. He builds exceptionally well-made instruments in the traditional Spanish style. He also pays a lot of attention to detail in order to maintain maximum control over the quality of his instruments.

Andy’s new flamenco guitar has many references that depict the journey of the Romani people out of India, through the Middle East into Europe and specifically to Andalusia! The guitar has a lovely rosette ornamented with Arabic stars, special carvings on the headplate and bridge wings. A small sound port on the side (visible in the main photo) is an homage to a hand tattoo of Camarón de la Isla, one of the greatest Spanish Romani flamenco singers of all time who performed together with Paco de Lucía and Tomatito.

We’ve also received a video of Andy himself performing flamenco music on his newest instrument. See the sneak peek gallery and listen to Andy’s performance below!

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5 Responses to “Andy Culpepper’s new flamenco blanca guitar depicts a long journey.”

  1. Rene says:

    Great sounding instrument!

  2. shai anbar says:

    A magnificent piece of art, bravo maestro!

  3. I’ve followed Andy’s work for a few years now, and his attention to flamenco guitars in the traditional sense, leaves no stone un-turned…….very flamenco

  4. Zoltan Nagy says:

    “A small sound port on the side (visible in the main photo) is an homage to a hand tattoo of Camarón de la Isla.” The crescent moon is representative of the Moorish/Islamic culture but instead of the five point star of the Islamic star and crescent the tattoo displays the six-point Star of David (Mogen David) of the Jewish religion. The Muslims had not invaded Spain until 711 AD, but the Jews had lived in Spain in large numbers since the Roman era. Those were the two cultures which influenced Spanish music music making before the Roma reached the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th Century. Of course the Jews who would not convert to Catholicism were expelled from Spain by the Alhambra Decree in 1492, and in that same year the Muslims were conquered militarily and removed by the Reconquista. 1492 was a busy year.

  5. Tim says:

    Whoa, Andy! Nice work! The rosette and headpiece are beautiful work! Looks like cypress? I knew you liked flamenco but, whoa you make the guitar sound great!
    The #96 I have from you is better than ever. Your guitars just seem to get better as time goes by. This one sounds great right now. The sound port is unique with this one. I just love the work!
    Good luck going forward Andy!


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