On my bench right now. I inlaid the cedar top with sections of spalted maple. The Brazilian rosewood I am using for this one has some spectacular figuring. The pieces were very tight against my template, after moving the template around for hours I decided to not fight it, and borrowed an aesthetic the late Tom Humphrey used to do: insert a flame maple wedge. The bindings will also be flame maple to compliment.
In the finishing stage, and I would like to share my new neck joint. The way I am executing this joint, I can easily vary the amount of neck elevation to the customer’s preference.
This guitar is finished, looks and sounds phenomenal,
and is for sale at Savage Classical Guitar. Richard has SOLD this!
I recently stumbled on this while going through my files, and am making it available here. It is the famous Dowland Fantasie, I made my own transcription while in college. I used colored pens, and assigned each voice it’s own color, as a visual aid to help me hear the individual voices in a linear way, and finger it accordingly. Feel free to copy and distribute freely.
I’m kind of a restless spirit in this regard. The end result is no two guitars appear the same. When I start a guitar, I start by picking the requested materials and laying them out on our ping pong table. I then begin to sort through my ever increasing pile of hardwoods and veneers until an scheme pops into my head. The common thread from guitar to guitar is that I use naturally colored and figured hardwoods and veneers for lines, tiles, herringbones, solid rings, and simple mosaics.
The award winning film composer and guitarist Joseph LoDuca records with one of my guitars. When Joe received a handcrafted classical guitar from me a little over a year ago, he took it to Angel Studios in London and recorded this for the movie, “The Edge of Love” starring Kierra Knightley:
He used the same guitar for cues in the TNT movie, “The Librarian: the Curse of the Judas Chalice”. Here are a couple of excerpts:
Please pay Joe a visit at http://www.loducamusic.com
The 1st recordings from the original website:
Want an idea of what one of my guitars sounds like? Help yourself to any or all of the free music selections here. I took one of my guitars, just prior to it’s sale, into a friend of a friend’s recording studio, asked him to turn off any and all dsp’s and eq’s, set all tonal controls “flat”, and then I proceeded to play live into a pair of condenser mics, the mixing console acting only as a preamp into an ADAT. While cutting out the riff raff and mixing down to a cd, the engineer begged me to let him add a touch of reverb. I conceded, as it was quite dry. But other than that, this is as honest of a recording as one can get.
note from Ken: the following recordings were made with guitar #4, a cedar top braced with an open 5 brace fan using sitka spruce, SE Asian rosewood was used for the back and sides. Shortly after the recording, a ban was imposed on the export of rosewood from that region, and only recently has it been made made available again. Of course the price has increased considerably!
The first 4 tracks are from Oscar Chilesotti’s “Six Lute Pieces of the Renaissance”. Tracks 5 and 6 are by the baroque guitarist Ludovico Roncalli. Tracks 7-11 are 4 studies from Matteo Carcassi’s famous collection of 25 Estudios. Tracks 12 and 13 from Segovia’s (in)famous collection of 20 Sor studies. And 14 and 15 are a couple of Romantic era chestnuts from Francesco Tarrega. Enjoy!
se mi accorgo
Another film composer and guitarist, Steve Allen, sent me this recording of a cedar/indian classical guitar I built in November of 2004:
please visit Steve at http://www.myspace.com/stevenrayallenguitar
These recordings were made 10 days after initial stringing. 2 copies of each are included here, one dry and one with reverb added.