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Classical Guitar Build Blogs:

 


This is a fan braced African Blackwood guitar that I made after attending Jeff Eliott's voicing class. The bracing patteren is Jeff's modification of a Hauser 42 with an open harmonic brace.
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This is my first Classical guitar using many of the concepts included in in the Gore\Gilet books, Contempory Acoustic Design and Build, including Trevor Gores falcate bracing pattern. The guitar features a bolt on blot off neck, a 20 inch radiues fretboard and a truss rod. Fetures normally included on steel string guitars.
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This is my second Classical guitar using many of the concepts included in in the Gore\Gilet books, Contempory Acoustic Design and Build. This guitar most mostly a copy of the previous guitar but I worked to raise the resonant frequency of the top to better support the treble E string. This guitar was comisioned by my classical guitar instructor Doug Rice. Doug wrote the preface to my Ebook Making a Falcate Guitar:

... more responsive than instruments from the best of the renowned Luthiers that I had played. Their superb basic tone color and resonance, especially their high overtones presented a harp-like quality. They exhibited a wide dynamic range and followed responsively throughout the range, enabling a vastly broadened interpretive menu: for example, piano subitos were not simply softer, but seductively engaging to the ear. The sustaining quality enabled impressive legato lines. The treble-bass balance enhanced voice leading and unfolding rich harmonies. ...

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I have made a few flacate braced contemporary classical guitars. While they fall in the classical range for size, nut width, scale length and string spacing, they are contemporary looking with a cutaway and a slightly radiused fret board. In general the guitars have been well received, in fact my instructor commissioned me to build one and he switched from his mid 70 Kohno 30 guitar. There are some that can not get over the contemporary features. So I am made what look like a Hauser knock-off on a solera with a traditional spanish neck but with the falcate bracing pattern. The guitar is Lutz spruce and Brazilian rosewood. build blog
Panama Rosewood Falcate braced classical guitar. Built to look like a standard classical but it has contempory features: bolt on bolt off neck, falcate bracing, truss rod and radiused fret board. One of my nicest sounding classical guitars. build blog
An up and coming guitarist\musician that I know through one of my guitar instructors commissioned me to build an 8 string nylon crossover. I worked out a design based on one of the nearly classical sized guitar body shapes. The guitar will be a venetian cutaway with a 14 fret body join. I am going to use a 660 mm scale to push the saddle down toward the center of the lower bout as I usually build this with a 12 fret body join. The guitar will be falcate braced with a live back. The guitar was completed but I was not happy with the stiffness of the top and I am in the processes of finishing a retop.
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