Cedar Top Classical
For many years I have had a passion for building classical and flamenco guitars and it is still an ongoing practice that gives me great delight and satisfaction.
I welcome any and all questions about my guitars and although there is a possible future building trend of perhaps 7 guitars a year, I feel this will hold steady for the next 10 years, God willing.
I remain a builder who builds all of my instruments by my own hands, and finishes all of my guitars with French polish. I'm grateful for all of the interest in my guitars over these past 50 years and I realize that, as a builder, I'm continually learning how to make a better guitar.
I am building a classical guitar that can be used for flamenco, etc. It is very lyrical and yet has an aggressive attack when needed.
Spruce Top Flamenco
Professional model classical-flamenco will be priced with case and shipping in the U.S. only. Enquire for pricing.
Please e-mail for details regarding the new models. guitars@texas,net
I only ship new guitars with D'Addario Pro-Arte EJ46 hard tension, "Silver plated Wound, clear Nylon classical guitar strings" .
Currently, my tuning concept for voicing guitar tops has become so fine that it is critical to use the original string brand to sustain ongoing guitar voicing and performance.
So, change string brands at your own risk.
The need for this specific string became apparent to me when a very fine guitarist recently bought my latest classical guitar and changed the strings to another well recognized brand. He said that the voice was not as good and things were not operating as they should.
I quickly urged him to take off the strings and replace them with the D'Addario brand. He did and everything went back to its original fine tuned mode.
I explained to him that it was highly risky to change to other string brands, especially when the new top is trying to join with its original string tension, under finely tuned conditions.
The idea that top wood wants to comply with its original strings, has some merit, and I have come to believe that with my fine tuning it is even more critical to stay with the D'Addario.
It takes time for a new top to come into unison and be synergistically one with its strings, especially with my fine tuning.
It will always take a certain amount of age to settle the guitar top into a more mature performance, and changing to other string brands on my guitars will cause a significant amount of distortion along with confusion in the top's ability to communicate with its original string tension and characteristics.
Since I've become accustomed to using EJ46 D'Addario classical guitar strings for many years, I recommend them for all of my guitars.
Tom Blackshear Guitar Builder
San Antonio Texas Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I began taking flamenco guitar lessons in '57, and built my first guitar in '58.
With guitar building today, there seems to be a severe lack of information about fine-tuning in the traditional style.
Finding a certain definitive sound has played a very important role in my career as a guitar builder. It has taken me years of study, searching for the elusive quality that I call "The Antigua Sound." This quality is found in Spanish guitars made by some of the Old Masters.......
Cyprus Sides and Back with Spruce Top, under construction.
Rosettes are $50 each, plus shipping and handling.
There is a school of thought about building an acoustically neutral top by adjusting the top to nullify unwanted frequencies,
In the 70's I wrote an article for the GAL hand book that had a basic outline of dealing with a certain top graduation principle.
Don Soledad : "As a professional musician, the guitar is my most important tool. I've played countless flamenco guitars and have been lucky enough to personally own over 20 guitars from the top luthiers..."
Carlos Rodriguez: I have received your guitar and since the first notes it has proved to be a wonderful instrument of an exceptional timbre