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jalalkun

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From: Iraq, living in Cologne, Germany

New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote 

Yo guys, what's up?

I happened to stumble upon a luthier here in Cologne that builds flamenco guitars by the name of Merlin Grote. He "modified" my classical guitar and lowered its action as far as it can go. While I was in his workshop I got the urge to ask him a lot of stuff about guitar building and wood types and bracings and all this sorta stuff. He's very young, just a couple years older than me, but he knows a lot about his craft so it seems. I played some of his guitars and they sound and play great, and they look fantastic. He is a very precise craftsman. Beside that, he builds a slightly bigger plantilla which fits me well, because I have long arms and big hands, it's quite a difference switching from a small bodied classical guitar to a flamenca with a big butt.

I went for the following: Alpine spruce top, walnut back and sides, 660mm scale length, 52,5mm nut width, pegheds tuning pegs.
He uses Cedrela for the neck on his flamenco model, which is fine with me. We worked together on the design of the rosette, which was kinda new to me. I didn't know what to do when he asked me if I had any kind of mosaic in mind, so I went with the simple rope pattern, but I think it turned out beautiful. I wanted to incorporate my own design of a headstock I made years ago and asked him if it would be possible. He tweaked the design here and there and I think it has become really beautiful. I'll see if I can add it to this post afterwards, because I can upload one picture only

What do y'all think? The walnut looks beautiful and it's THE wood when building ouds, I kinda like this idea. Though I don't know how it's gonna sound as I have no idea how such a piece is gonna resonate once put together. Merlin says it's gonna sound very flamenco-like and loud because he wants a lightweight build.
I'd upload more pictures as the building process goes on and plan on doing a litttle review at the end.



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RobJe

 

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Hi Jalal

Walnut is not so common for flamenco guitars but I have heard that it works quite well. I looked up your luthier and found that he studied at the School of Musical Instrument Crafts at Newark College in the UK. The college attracts students from all over Europe. I know of a young French guy who studied Woodwind repair and making there. He made a fine bass clarinet while he was there.

It is exciting to be able to check out your guitar as it progresses. Keep us posted.

Rob
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RobJe

 

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

Here is a walnut Conde -played by RIchard Brune

https://www.flamenco-guitar.net/museum/hermanos-conde/hermanos-conde-1985-guitar-2/
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jalalkun

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From: Iraq, living in Cologne, Germany

RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to RobJe

Hi Rob, yes Merlin has a Diploma with distinction. I'm really excited about the final outcome, definitely gonna keep you posted.

I've seen this walnut conde, it does sound and look really nice. Let's see what mine is gonna do

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date May 19 2017 9:10:35
 
benros

 

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to jalalkun

hey jajal, i would really like to see the headstock design. could you post a picture?
greetings,
ben
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jalalkun

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RE: New Flamenco Guitar by Merlin Grote (in reply to benros

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ORIGINAL: benros

hey jajal, i would really like to see the headstock design. could you post a picture?
greetings,
ben


Hey ben, have a look at it. Since I can't post more than one picture, I made a collage for you to see. I've gone through a lot of sketches for about two years. The one you see in the upper picture on the right is my final sketch. Merlin thought the outer edges were too pointy and might be prone to breaking, so he made the 'devil horns' shorter, as he likes to call them his own sketch is on the left next to mine. Now it looks like one of my very first design sketches. on the last picture you can see the current results. It's not ready yet, but it looks absolutely stunning in my opinion. He'll add some more finer hallmarks into the lowered bit. Now it has a really arabic flair, mine looks a little more floral. But if I were to build my own guitar, I'd try out my own design



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