Ruphus -> RE: First Flamenco guitar. Which one? (Jul. 7 2014 21:53:38)
Looks nice, though i wish for one with spruce top since i got a cedar one already (a classical).
I lean towards spruce in general, which however won´t defeat the irony that my two favorite guitars are cedar toped.
If you search on this or other guitar forums you will find that these woods characteristics are not being consistent, with often enough one of the two fully presenting the characteristics typically ascribed to the other.
Whether cedar or spruce, they won´t reliably make for distinctive difference, and lesser even with handbuilt luthier specimens and the tonal aims a builder might have had in mind ( by far outperforming structurally what the individual tops wood could had set for).
I don´t think this one to be nice looking. Actually, usually taken by the special beauty of his makes, this is the first Culpepper guitar not appealing to my eyes ( probably fueled by the unfavourable angle of the camera / optically squeezed plantilla).
From there, if you are after vague clues like about which connifers top or what visual aesthetics, maybe stay with serial production choice.
But if playability and sound are of priority, know that we are talking different categories of instrument.
For Primeras or Sanchis there was no time in production for anyone to competently tap and plan some sheet until it be ready to perfectly transfer vibes of the bridge through the corpus and into your diaphragm.
You need to hit a lucky strike for any estudio to come close to the resonating beast of a good builder, and usually it will hardly match the dynamic range, tonal depth and variety yet.
It´s like comparing Clark shoes with Italian cobbler ones.
If I was in your situation I would e-mail Andy and ask him how that guitar compares to his current standard. And if he confirms it to be roughly in that league, consider that the purchase will provide a quality that usually costs three to ~ nine times as much, depending on where you buy.
There are also many YT-vids of his guitars which you can listen to and get a feeling for the explicite voice he produces.
Or you can stick to the factory level. As you like it ( according to Shakespear).
Me can´t tell about Camps Primeras, but that Sanchis can be decent. ( Only that meanwhile I hear fellows saying that the production would have become inconsistant / you can have duds with them too. So, better find a batch you can play through to figure out the best item.)
Cheers and good luck,