Classical Guitars

As the name implies, classical guitars are steeped in tradition. The sound, size, shape, and overall look of a classical guitar all fall within a comparatively narrow window of expectation. Exhibiting decorative restraint, there’s an inherent beauty in its deceptive simplicity. Yet, within the constraints of what is considered “proper” form for classical guitars, there are a number of choices to be considered.

First and foremost is wood selection. From the warmth and immediacy of red cedar to the clear, bell-like tones of spruce, the soundboard is the first decision to be made after careful consideration and discussion.

Coupled to the top, the sides and back add their subtle color to the sound and beauty of the instrument. Common choices are several species of rosewood, Spanish cypress, maple, cocobolo, and ziricote. African and Malaysian blackwoods are recent additions to the list of available woods that will produce excellent sounding instruments. Again, careful consideration and discussion will guide this selection.

My goal is to bring together the selected woods in a way that takes advantage of the inherent properties in each piece. I will measure and assess their sonic properties to determine how best to brace and voice them, especially the top. I will use fan or lattice bracing for the top, depending on the sound we are trying to achieve.

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