Andy Culpepper -> RE: Two recent blanca videos (Oct. 6 2018 13:33:01)
well shucks... Hello Kitty with rainbows is my next choice.
I think my 4 year old has some stickers you could use[:D]
I like no99, somehow more depth. I also think that a spruce top will develop more, so the comparison between these guitars in 5 years time will favour no99 even more.
Thanks Andy. Well, that’s interesting.
In fact Ramzi’s reminds me a lot my Ramirez blanca, which has a very similar bracing pattern (Barbero like with parallel struts).
That guitar (which quite incredibly I discovered being this very guitar: http://www.foroflamenco.com/tm.asp?m=215658&mpage=1&p=&tmode=1&smode=1&key=jewel) is really special and seems to have quite something in common with yours - at least judging by the recording.
What tonal differences you noticed switching among your bracing systems?
That is interesting. My lutherie mentor has a '70s Ramirez blanca that he copied several times very successfully, which had a thin top with 7 high, narrow braces and a bridge patch. Not parallel though. I like that guitar but it has hard pulsation and is generally not very friendly to play, so I opted to draw up a copy of a John Park guitar that he had that I really liked (Canadian luthier). Bracing pattern shown below. The key thing is that the braces are very low and flat (3-3.5 mm high). Thus the top is slightly thicker but it adds a nice meatiness and woodiness to the sound IMO, where the Ramirez is a little more harsh and metallic.
The only problem I ran into with the Park design was an unevenness and generally lackluster treble, which was not present in the original. I tried coming up with my own bracing design based on Gerundino and Conde and it works really well, but then I had a customer who fell in love with my guitar #1 and wanted me to go back to the old pattern. The guitar I made for him was unbelievably good, so I decided to switch back to that going forward. In the meantime I had learned a lot about the bridge, top thickness and harmonic bar stiffness and when I applied that to the old system I've been having great results.
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