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Celeste under construction.

Celeste. (Under construction) Nylon string crossover/hybrid guitar.

Celeste is the first build of my latest design crossover guitar for nylon strings. Sporting all the warmth, tone,  comfort and playability of nylon strings in a modern, sleek, natural form. A slim, easy playing neck coupled to a unique, contemporary body. A sound that bellies its diminutive size.  Boasting a rich, full tone, warm and characterful, bright and responsive.

Celeste is the ultimate culmination of my developments in Kasha/radial type bracing as used in my classical guitars, and my quest to  build the perfect hybrid design for nylon strings.

  • Scale length 650mm
  • Nut width 45mm, string spacing 36mm
  • 20″ radius ebony fingerboard, medium fret wire.
  • 14 frets to the body, 19 frets in total.
  • Elevated fingerboard.
  • Rounded arm bevel.
  • Kasha/radial braced and voiced soundboard.
  • Unique, asymmetric body shape and sound holes.
  • Honduras mahogany, ebony and European spruce.

Custom options available to order include choice of tonewood species; A 1 3/4″ (45mm) – 1 7/8″ – or 2″ nut width;  A flat or custom radius finger board ; Fingerboard taper;  string height/action;  tuning machines; details e.g. rosette, headpiece, bindings etc and any custom personalizations.

Please remember I can help and advise with all your choices!

 

 

 

Alma. Custom handmade classical guitar. Torres influenced design with custom details.

Traditional fan bracing. French Polished. A stunning example of  luthier Paul Goddard’s fine, traditionally hand crafted guitars.

hand made classical guitar

Alma – SOLD

  • Scale length 25.6 inch/650.24mm
  • Nut width 51mm
  • 24″ radius fingerboard
  • Body length 490mm (3/4 of the scale length)
  • Lower bout 368.5mm (3/4 of the body length)
  • Upper bout 274mm (5/9 of the body length)
  • Waist 245mm (1/2 of the body length)
  • Solid  Cedar sound-board.
  • Traditionally fan braced and voiced.
  • Solid  American/Black Walnut back and sides.
  • African Mahogany neck with Ebony reinforcement.
  • American/Black Walnut finger board, Head-piece veneer, book-matched rosette, bridge.

Custom options available to order include choice of tonewood species – neck profile, thickness and taper – heel shape – flat or custom radius finger board – string spacing/neck width – string height/action – tuning machines – details e.g. rosette, headpiece, bindings etc and any custom personalizations. I can help with all your choices.

 

 

 

Lucia.

(UNDER CONSTRUCTION) Custom handmade classical guitar. Kasha influenced, modern, unique bracing design in a traditionally shaped body. French polished. Fabulous sound and projection, meticulous craftsmanship by luthier Paul Goddard.

Kasha handmade custom guitar front and back bracing

  • Scale length 25.6 inch/650.24mm
  • Body length 490mm (3/4 of the scale length)
  • Lower bout 368.5mm (3/4 of the body length)
  • Upper bout 274mm (5/9 of the body length)
  • Waist 245mm (1/2 of the body length)
  • Solid AAA grade European Spruce sound board.
  • Solid AAA grade Pau Ferro/Santos Rosewood back and sides.
  • Honduras Mahogany (CITES) neck with Ebony reinforcement.
  • Ebony fingerboard.
  • The head-piece veneer is book-matched Pau Ferro/Santos Rosewood on both front and back.
  • The back is joined with a Snakewood centre stripe and black and white Sycamore purflings.
  • Rosette is book-matched Pau Ferro with black and white sycamore purflings and snakewood detail.
  • Bindings are a laminate of Curly Maple and black and White Sycamore with additional b+w Sycamore purflings.
  • End graft is book matched Pau Ferro plus mitred b+w purflings and Snakewood detail.
  • A unique asymmetric bridge in Ebony.

Custom options available to order include choice of tonewood species – neck profile, thickness and taper – heel shape – flat or custom radius finger board – string spacing/neck width – string height/action – tuning machines – details e.g. rosette, headpiece, bindings etc and any custom personalizations. I can help with all your choices.

 

My obsession.

Exploring the work of Antonio de Torres Jurado, Herman Hauser Sr and Robert Bouchet amongst other past masters. Their influence on modern classical guitar design is still of fundamental importance.

I’m also interested in the later developments that strive to improve on the classical guitar standard set by the great Luthiers. For instance, the Kasha/Schneider collaboration produced some remarkable guitars from the 1960’s up until Schneider’s death in 1997. The Kasha/Schneider guitars and the work of some contemporary Luthiers including Bert Eendebak  have influenced some of my own designs as I continue building two radically different basic internal structures of my nylon string guitars.

 

New developments.

I’m developing my own design,  a crossover style guitar that will be available in two versions, for steel strings or for nylon strings. This exciting new design will be radically different…

 

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“These babies ain’t just guitars; these babies are living, breathing instruments.”
Brenda Sutton Rose

“The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.”
Ludwig van Beethoven

“I love you as a guitar loves those playful nimble hands. Without your touch, the strings of my heart can’t play the amazing songs of my life.”
Debasish Mridha

 

 

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