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Andy Culpepper

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Cutaway blanca 

Just finished this custom cutaway blanca. He requested the "Gerundino" headstock, and this cutaway style which I think is actually very elegant and effective. He also suggested the rosette design which is evocative of his Greek/Sicilian heritage. He came to pick it up today and it brought him to tears because he had waited so long to purchase a handmade guitar. The sound is loud, balanced and percussive with nice firm basses. We dubbed it "La Greca"!

European Spruce top and Canadian Cypress back and sides.








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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2018 0:39:25
 
Andy Culpepper

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Ruphus

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

I was intending to comment less on your guitars, for to not inflate with blurb, but as no one seems at home while this one as well just deserves a remark ...
It sounds absolutely Andalusia and very balanced at that.

Also came about the seniores Sharp and Ocone´s playing of your classicals.
Both and especially the take with "Uma Vals e Dois Amores" sound as warm as one could expect from a Torres.
So dark that my ears were expecting some mush and decay of notes, but there was none.
It´s been a joy listening to it, and the trebles never pierced.
Very nice!
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jalalkun

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

looks stunning and sounds very powerful andy! I love the 1st string on that one.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2018 16:40:32
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Ruphus, your comments are always welcome amigo, thanks!

Thanks Jalal!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 15 2018 23:35:45
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Ruphus, here's a little more listening material on the classical side: my last Spruce/Amazon Rosewood guitar at GSI.




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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 18 2018 23:35:13
 
Ruphus

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thank you for the link, Andy, and sorry for delay; I hadn´t noticed the new post at first.

Even though the recording being better, I still preferred the sound of the guitar in the "Uma Vals e Dois Amores" take.

Which is not to say that the one in the GSI clip was sounding lesser than great to me.

Seeing that yours was recorded under somewhat similar GSI conditions it made me curious to compare the track of yours with some classicals recording of contemporary makers there, which had impressed me before.
Namely from Fritz Ober, Tobias Berg, Sebastian Stenzel, Pepe Romero and of a Gentleman whose name escaped on me. So, I checked out whether it might have been John Ray.

Berg and Stenzel, so I thought, to be not most suitable comparison as I remembered theirs as of the very pristine / bell-like Hauserish builds. But checked the examples anyway, for matter of pure sonics.
(Need to say however, that the clips of their guitars that I found today seemed not of same clarity that I think to have heard before on GSI. -Then again, who knows, you know how peevish the hearing can be.)


Anyway, to be honest: I expected yours in A/B to be howsoever slightly lagging behind instruments of these guys. At least in terms of presence, if that makes any sense. You know, like when you switch from an appealing track to another to then find that the second was even more refined sounding.

But surprise, surprise, amigo. You seem absolutely on to something, as I have become even more convinced of from today.

The Berg and Stenzel in comparison, to my taste were too much cleared off from partials, which to my ears translates like a bit sterile or lack of personality.
The Romero was more defined on the low E string than yours, but unexpectedly not surpassing in terms of lushness.

The John Ray could possibly have lurked me away live, as it features a nice crispness (which I am a sucker for) while not lagging behind with depth.

The only example that I preferred over yours, even though it being a bit less romantical, however huge in personality, dynamics and voicing was the Fritz Ober. But that is an incredible animal in all regards.

I should had also checked out a Matthias Dammann (if they have it on the list), but it was getting a bit time consuming then.

Who knows how things would had appeared with the guitars in hands. For, I noticed that some were stringed with too low tension, which may feature dynamics but gives away on attack and crispness. Or whatever; all I know is that such slacking stuff is not my personal thing altogether, not even on classicals.

Further, some takes appeared as if too close miked (like the Ray), which makes things larger than life and gives less of holistic idea of the instrument.

The fact that yours appears more than competitive to such builds, which besides cost several times as much, is really something.
I expect you to be one of the young up and coming top contemporaries. 'Still coming' in respect of PR / name recognition, I mean, not in terms of skills; though you can only be getting better still I suppose.

I am very impressed once more and take my hat off, muchacho. Bravo! :O)
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Andy Culpepper

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thanks for that feedback Ruphus! I am pretty excited about how my classicals have been turning out.
Larry Hammett plays beautifully but I think he could use a little more nail on his right thumb, to bring out the basses more. No complaints though, he made it sound great.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 20 2018 0:31:47
 
Ruphus

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

True, without nail edge bass won´t unfold.

Besides: You could once try Augustine blue (with their Regal or Imperial trebles) and see what that adds too. As far as I can see they are bar none.
It should really be interesting to hear your axes under same GSI conditions with such strings.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 20 2018 9:25:31
 
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Beautiful craftsmanship, Andy.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 22 2018 13:20:52
 
Andy Culpepper

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Thanks Ethan. Yet another kind of cutaway

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 22 2018 23:56:47
 
JasonM

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Dude, sounds and looks great. Nice, bright trebles, yet balanced. And a happy customer!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 23 2018 2:21:32
 
Ruphus

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Like many of the gifted, Andy is only lacking with PR skills.

If it was known that one of his guitars toured with the Buena Vista Social Club, his waiting list would probably be too long by now.

All dedicated to chiseling away in his shop, he didn´t even try to make use of that marketing opportunity.
I think just a mentioning of that gig on his GSI profile could have yielded some publicity. Let alone a review by the BSC musician.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Mar. 23 2018 10:25:55
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: Cutaway blanca (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thanks Jason!
Ruphus, haha, you might be right but I don't know... do wish I had a picture though.

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