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Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to constructordeguitarras

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Sometimes in the past I would cut a little too deep for the end block design and then have to use wider purfling



I did that once.


Ethan,

Man, it must have been a slow day to mention this, but what it means is that you have to be a better builder than this writer :-)

I have made this mistake several times, as I only changed my technique this current build to avoid it.

Actually, I don't consider myself to be a better builder than you but an intuitive voice analyst who seeks to bring out certain qualities of vowel tones that are interesting to the players.

In other words, I'm seeking to make the perfect sound and articulation in a guitar that would cause me to quit building and go back to playing this incredible instrument. But it seems that every time I get close to it, some one talks me out of it, so I have to go back and build another one :-)

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Oct. 14 2018 17:59:31
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Hello again,

This is the up date to where the guitar is in its construction. As usual, everything is going slow but good with the building process.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 4 2018 21:07:47
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Just a short note:

Carlos Rodriguez Quiros has a Blackshear Miguel Rodriguez style for sale on reverb.com and from my personal view, is an incredible guitar.

https://reverb.com/item/16698978-tom-blackshear-classical-guitar-rodriguez-concert-model-2013-french-polish

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Nov. 9 2018 15:10:13
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Christmas Eve and all is well with the building process, even though this is taking a longer period of time to get things done.



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 25 2018 3:40:17
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

I think it's about time that I reiterate some things about my learning curve.

Most of it has been learned from the Spanish master builders through a period of 58 years and nothing that I do to adjust tonal quality is much different, only in the sense of my own feel for the building process.

Most of the tonal essence is all in the top and this is controled by bringing the top's thickness into compliance with the rest of the instrument's set pattern.

True, the guitar operates as a whole, but the top is the main generator, with how the tension is set with the accommodation of how it marries with the string torgue, action, and such.

To get this all in balance, is the key to a good guitar.

This is the reason that I've tried to pass this information along for builders to try out for themselves. Serious students of this process have E-mailed me to say that it works.

Manuel Adalid in Valencia Spain, who visited my shop, shortly for 2 years in a row, seemed to agree with the information, saying that it opened up his motivation to build the very best guitars he could for the duration of his career.

So I feel that I have been associated in some ways, to be a help in the process of qualifying guitar tone for those who feel the need to develop certain top techniques.

When I finish this current guitar I've been working on; for too long, I'll try and share any new ideas I gain from its birthing process.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Dec. 27 2018 16:22:31
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Update:

I have the back glued on and now its time for the binding-purfling.

This may be the final guitar built under my present label, that I've used for many years.

And it's up in the air if I'll continue to build in Juan Cadena's shop.

I think it's all going to depend on what the market does for the economy.

As any serious builder needs to have economic in-put.

Right now, it's a buyer's market and the trend is to drop your price and compete with other new builders and suffer a loss in income due to an over-built market.

I don't care for those odds, even though I feel a passion to keep on building.

So, what to do?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 7 2019 16:39:35
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Tom, I remember on a diving course the instructor was stressing how getting to the surface slowly was of great importance. Someone asked what if you ran out of air. He said you better get up top quick as “I’m fairly sure you cannot breath water”.

Needs must.

I remember when I had my Anders made I was surprised how luthiers survive. So much time invested in each guitar. But equally the 2000 Euros I invested was a big decision for me at the time (2005). I now see 5000 Euros for something similar (here in Spain where the economy is way down). I know that is good value for the time, skill and passion, but I’d be reluctant to spend that, and see many in the UK who are would be owners but just do not have that sort of cash. Whether it's China/Trump, brexit or bank crashes everyone seems a bit guarded even when credit is cheap.

ps. Would like to say your insights into the build process are not just helpful to builders. I don’t know one end of a chisel from tuther, but I sure find it interesting. Hopefully, even if you need to stop for a while you will return. Good luck.

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Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to flyeogh

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Whether it's China/Trump, brexit or bank crashes everyone seems a bit guarded even when credit is cheap.


I see this as being quite possible due to the present economic conditions world wide. And I think one reason my instruments sell, at all, is their being collectable.

I've tried to keep the prices stable with the number of guitars, at a collectable level. But there is no doubt a drop in the buying potential due to loss of buying power.

But there is always going to be those who want the very best; Cadillac, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, who are going to buy what they want.

I remember years ago someone called out my prices as being too much due to my making copies of Spanish masters models. Then some thinking person chimed in and told him that my prices were a fraction of the then working models of the Spanish masters.

So, what is the gripe about building replicas, it's done all the time with the violin family, as well as guitars. There are some currently built Hauser style copies that sell for more than my guitars.

All I can say here is that there are some people who don't realize what it took for me to gain a certain position of acceptance toward market value by slowly raising prices for the past 58 years.

I'm not complaining the least bit, for I know everything is going to balance out in the end. And I'll have to make a choice whether or not to continue building my passion.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2019 19:38:26
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

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Right now, it's a buyer's market and the trend is to drop your price and compete with other new builders and suffer a loss in income due to an over-built market.

I don't care for those odds, even though I feel a passion to keep on building.

So, what to do?

I say keep on building at a comfortable pace and sell your guitars at a price you feel is reasonable. You’ve paid your dues.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2019 0:28:24
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to RobF

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ORIGINAL: RobF

I say keep on building at a comfortable pace and sell your guitars at a price you feel is reasonable. You’ve paid your dues.



I hear you loud and clear. I have this one 1987 Reyes replica that I need to finish up and then I'll see if there is enough interest to keep building.

I'll try and send some more pictures of the finishing stages before too long.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2019 14:58:11
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Here is the latest video of binding purfling. Next is the top.......




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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 29 2019 19:28:00
 
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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to Tom Blackshear

Beautiful grain pattern.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 29 2019 22:56:21
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: new build for a 1987 Reyes style... (in reply to SephardRick

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ORIGINAL: SephardRick

Beautiful grain pattern.



I bought this from LMI in California. It has a nice pattern to it. Most all of my wood and tools come from LMI.

This build is taking quite some time but so far it's going without much trouble.

The neck angle is straight in line with the box so I may have to taper the fingerboard rather than keep it the same thickness from the nut to the 19th fret, like in the past.

I've done some different adjustments to the top, and I'm getting impatient to see how it's going to turn out. I'll try and explain it when the guitar is finished.

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