2018 Andy Culpepper SP/CY
|Back & Sides||Cypress|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
Prior to building, Andy started to play classical guitar as a teenager, and later transitioned into flamenco - he even studied flamenco in Spain and has since done a good amount of performing - solo, accompanying and dance. As with many luthiers, Andy's first guitar was to build himself an instrument to play on but after showing the guitar around, he began getting orders, and so eventually decided to become a full-time luthier. His formal studies were done with Richard Cogger, a classical and flamenco guitar maker in Ithaca. Andy shared work space with him for a couple of years before establishing his own shop where he continues to work today. So his guitars are truly a "players" instrument, very easy to play and responsive to both the left and right hands.
This is Andy's 100th guitar to date. It is rooted in traditional Spanish aesthetics, with a sound crafted to satisfy the modern concert guitarist. It has plenty of power, clarity, openness, and separation to fill a concert hall, but also has a beautiful voice that makes it hard to put down. It is loud and penetrating without being boomy and has great sustain and a rich, but controlled overtone content. Although built with a wood combination more associated with flamenco (spruce for the soundboard with cypress for the back and sides), it is a guitar that sounds both at home as a classical or if pushed - a flamenco. It has a lightweight feel, with a big explosive attack followed by a rich sound of big overtones in every note. Overall an excellent and well-made concert instrument by any standard.