2014 Andy Culpepper CD/CD
|Back & Sides||Spanish Cedar|
|Scale Length||656 mm|
|Nut width||53 mm|
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After several years now of selling his guitars, we've really come to admire the young New York luthier Andy Culpepper for his building skill, sound quality and innovation - and this guitar shows precisely why. This is a lightweight flamenco made with cedar top and Spanish cedar back and sides (the same wood traditionally used for the neck and some internal bracing of the guitar). The two woods look great together, sort of an amber 'blanca' like an old cedar top Gerundino. The Hauser-style rosette is in the same color palette, along with the Honduran rosewood fingerboard and bridge and African rosewood bindings and headstock. All woods traditionally used in building, but reimagined to beautiful effect. The sound is surprising too. Plenty of volume and responsiveness with great tonal complexity and color make this guitar very flamenco, yet a great complement to a more traditional blanca, a halfway stop on the way to a negra. Andy's an accomplished flamenco player himself, and that shows in the easy playability and set up of this instrument. It has been played a lot, always a good sign, but respectfully, showing modest wear. The mechanical tuning pegs add a traditional look but tune like a machine, while keeping the headstock light and string changes fast. A winning instrument, with all the right spirit and performance of a great flamenco. A superb value from a maker you're going hear a lot more about.