Building a Traditional Flamenco Guitar

Here’s a photo diary of the latest guitar I’m working on.

Materials:

Neck – Honduras Cedar

Soundboard – European Spruce

Body – Spanish Cypress

Head Veneer – European Maple, Indian Rosewood

Rosette – Galilee Olive root, European Maple

Bindings – Galilee Rosewood (Sesam)

Fingerboard – Ebony

Tuning Pegs – Ebony

Bridge – Indian Rosewood

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The Neck

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The Rosette

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This is my neighbour’s woodpile. They are lucky enough to have a big pile of olive roots to burn for the winter.

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This is a piece of one of the olive roots.

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On the top left of the picture you can see a small part of that olive root. That was sliced very thin and inlaid into a groove cut in the soundboard.

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Bands of maple are bent and inlaid around the central olive part with thin sycamore veneers to add contrast.

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When the glue is all dry, I plane it down level with the surface of the soundboard.

It looks like this:

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Assembly

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Thickness planing the soundboard to about 2.2mm.

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Measuring the thickness.

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All the parts ready to be assembled. At the bottom you can see the kerfed linings that will hold the guitar together. Above those are the sides. At this stage they’re still flat and have to be bent to shape.

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Photo taken just before the back was glued on

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Cutting the channel for the bindings.

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Detail for heel inlay.

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binding

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back

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Carving the Neck

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Making the Bridge

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Drilling the holes for the 13 hole tie block

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The Finished Guitar

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9 Responses to “Building a Traditional Flamenco Guitar”

  1. Jack Alves August 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanks for a great demonstration….

  2. Ed Robins August 24, 2013 at 11:50 am #

    What a beautiful job! Do we get to hear a sound-clip when finished?

    • Daniel September 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      yes, me to I would like to hear how it sound..

      • g weigert handmade guitars September 4, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

        Thanks for looking at my blog. I hope to get a recording of the guitar when it’s finished.
        Such a guitar is around 2600 Euro, including a hard case and worldwide delivery.

  3. Jack Ronald Wise August 25, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Nice work, but re-post with the finals of the head and fingerboard. I want to see it all and hear it.

  4. Daniel September 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    very nice…how much it cost one of this guitar?

  5. Ariel Schweitzer April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Beautiful guitar Gideon! reminds me of the great time I had working with you on my first guitar.

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