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In Stock - SKU: GUFLCUL-08035 - Andy Culpepper

2015 Andy Culpepper CD/CY

Year 2015
Top Cedar
Back & Sides Cypress
Scale Length 656 mm
Nut width 53.5 mm
Finish French Polish
Country USA
Condition Excellent
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Luthier Andy Culpepper
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$5,000.00

Description

Andy Culpepper is one of our favorite young American luthiers, building both flamenco and classical instruments that we have sold to many happy clients. This particular instrument was built with special materials: a rare 'sinker cedar' top, that was reclaimed from downed very old growth cedar, with extremely fine grain structure, and a beautiful color imparted by minerals in the water it was submerged in. The back and sides are traditional Spanish cypress with a bit of figure. The bridge and headplate are a fantastic matching old-stock CSA rosewood. The rosette is a Manuel Ramirez tribute, but the guitar itself was built and braced to suggest the famous 1970s Gerundino cedar top guitars -- Andy even modified his usual headstock slightly in a nod to Gerundino. The mechanical pegs tune just like machines but continue the old school aesthetic. The sound is loud and powerful, with a very snappy response, and the colorful character that cedar can bring. A stand-out instrument from a very interesting maker in excellent condition with no prior damage or repairs.

Description

Andy Culpepper is one of our favorite young American luthiers, building both flamenco and classical instruments that we have sold to many happy clients. This particular instrument was built with special materials: a rare 'sinker cedar' top, that was reclaimed from downed very old growth cedar, with extremely fine grain structure, and a beautiful color imparted by minerals in the water it was submerged in. The back and sides are traditional Spanish cypress with a bit of figure. The bridge and headplate are a fantastic matching old-stock CSA rosewood. The rosette is a Manuel Ramirez tribute, but the guitar itself was built and braced to suggest the famous 1970s Gerundino cedar top guitars -- Andy even modified his usual headstock slightly in a nod to Gerundino. The mechanical pegs tune just like machines but continue the old school aesthetic. The sound is loud and powerful, with a very snappy response, and the colorful character that cedar can bring. A stand-out instrument from a very interesting maker in excellent condition with no prior damage or repairs.

Background
Andy Culpepper guitar maker
Andy Culpepper is a very talented US luthier who builds an exceptionally well-made instrument, firmly rooted in the traditional Spanish style. Andy believes that the best guitars are still modeled on the designs and ideas of Antonio de Torres (1817-1892) and admires him for his constant experimenting with different ideas. Andy prefers also to work in a traditional manner - very few power tools, and as much by hand as possible to achieve the maximum amount of control over the quality of his work. His guitars are assembled by first joining the neck to the top to precisely establish the center line of the guitar. This assembly is placed face down on a solera, or workboard, and the sides are slotted into the heel block, and glued to the top with individual glue blocks called tentalones. Finally the back is fitted and the box is closed. The bridge is glued on before finishing, because Andy likes to play all of his guitars "in the white" and refine the voice by sanding the top if necessary. Finally, the entire guitar is finished in French polish of shellac, applied completely by hand with the traditional muñeca, or cloth pad.

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Guitars by Andy Culpepper