Guitar 14/86

This guitar was based on a 1929 Santos-Hernandez flamenca which I restored some years ago, and was built for a left-hander. The scale-length is 650mm.

See photos of the restoration here.

The guitar was commissioned by Howard Tonkin, who plays a mixture of contemporary and traditional indigenous music, and wanted something fast, responsive and percussive. Hence the choice of a flamenco guitar.

It is built from spruce for the top, and for the back and sides, a species of north american cypress called Port Orford cedar.

I had been wanting to make a flamenco guitar based on the 1929 Santos-Hernandez for some time, so when the opportunity arose, I grabbed it. It made a lovely instrument.

Originally, this guitar had a specially designed head that my client wanted, but later on we decided to change it to a Santos-Hernandez shape.


See photos of an earlier Model 12 flamenco guitar.

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