Guitar 14/86

This guitar was based on a 1929 Santos-Hernandez flamenca which I restored, 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 and responsive. 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.

You will notice that the original head design is not one of mine. The design was provided by my client, which I agreed to use with some reservation ( it was the first time I'd ever been asked to add something not designed by myself). The carving of the head veneer was first done by a friend of my customer Howard, but unfortunately was not of a high enough standard, so I re-did it myself on a fresh cypress veneer. I had a gut feeling while I was doing it that he would want the design changed again in the future, and that is what happened. A few years later Howard asked me if I could change the head shape, which I was very happy to do, suggesting that we use a Santos-Hernandez design to be in keeping with the rest of the instrument. A much happier result. You can see how I did the work of changing the head design in the photos further down the page - see if you can see the join!

See photos of an earlier Model 12 flamenco guitar.

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The photos below show how I converted the head to a Santos-Hernandez design.

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