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Guitar Repair and Restoration Services

Repair and maintenance of a fine classical or flamenco guitar is not a matter of “if,” but of “when.” Aside from strings, nuts and saddles wear out, as do frets. French polish will eventually need […]

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Tsiorba Flamenco Guitars

A flamenco guitar is not just any guitar equipped with tap plates. Nor is it simply a matter of tonewood choice (i.e. rosewood vs. cypress). Historically, guitars were not differentiated along “classical” or “flamenco” lines. […]

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Luthier’s Private Reserve Rare Tonewoods

In 2015, I had a rare opportunity to acquire a retiring luthier’s stash of gorgeous, pre-ban Brazilian Rosewood, old-growth Indian rosewood, hand-picked, highest quality German spruce, high-altitude Idaho Engelmann spruce, maple, mahogany, ebony, Koa and […]

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Paco de Lucia Playing Tsiorba Flamenco Guitar

In April of 2012, Paco de Lucia was giving a concert in Savannah, Georgia (USA). My recently completed walnut/maple/spruce flamenco guitar was lucky to meet Paco de Lucia, and to receive compliments from the maestro. […]

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Port Orford Cedar Flamenco Guitar

Port Orford Cedar has been gaining a reputation and a following as a fine guitar tonewood for backs, sides, and even soundboards. Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is actually in the cypress family. Being […]

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Redwood Marries Mediterranean Cypress

REDWOOD SOUNDBOARD MARRIES MEDITERRANEAN CYPRESS European spruce soundboards are traditional in flamenco guitars. This blanca strikes out in a different direction. Each guitar has its own story, and this one is no exception. As I […]