Andy Culpepper -> Ultralight Flamenco (Nov. 4 2022 20:49:07)
So, I'm taking the challenge as others, including Peter Tsiorba, have done before me. The ultralight flamenco guitar. But, I'm cheating a little with some very non-traditional materials and techniques. I am fully prepared to be roasted and called insane, and even I am not convinced at all that this is a good idea. But sometimes ideas nag at you long enough that they simply have to become reality. I'm even using a premade rosette for maximum salt from the traditionalists.
The sides will be 1mm Cypress and the back is laminated 0.5 mm Cypress, 1 mm Nomex, 0.5 mm WRC. Fully braced the back is 130 grams. It feels pretty much how I would imagine a paper mache or cardstock back to feel, but it's actually just as rigid as a normal back. The goal is to voice this guitar exactly as I would a normal guitar, so I don't want, for example, a back that is solid wood but super thin.
The goal is really not to shave every possible gram, but to make a super light guitar that is voiced/tuned the same as I normally would. But obviously, being a double top, I am expecting some surprises with the sound! I have made several double top classicals now but no flamencos yet.
The top isn't fully braced yet but it's coming along well, and will also be 2 mm total with 1 mm of Nomex inside and a WRC inner skin with Spruce outer. Let's see how this goes! At the very least it will have some flame retardant properties.
Nomex glued to Cypress back and awaiting inner skin.
Laminating the back.
Cutting Nomex for top.
Inlaying Nomex into top.
Before inner skin.
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