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Andy Culpepper

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New blanca (#108) video and pictures 

Hey all,

Just finished this peach of a blanca. The rosette is inspired by an old Santos design. The sound obviously has more opening up to do but it's doing all the right things already!








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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 5 2019 21:15:28
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Just edited the post to get the video to embed (re: Tom Blackshear)
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 11:58:04
 
SEden

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Nice. 108 guitars is good going. You must be able to build quite quickly these days?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 13:20:29
 
JasonM

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Olee Andy! Love the sound of that guitar. They are getting more and more refined I feel like. And very clean playing playing too. Is this one for sale or is it a commission? Please tell me it’s a commission so I dont have to think about buying it lol. I need a new guitar. Shoot..I meant to say new car!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 14:27:29
 
El Burdo

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to JasonM

Lovely sounding guitar and great playing Andy.

Also...I notice that you use the familiar A fingering.

I'm sure I have seen more than just Juan Martin play the A chord with a first finger barré on E and A with the second finger on the C# but I long ago decided to ignore him. Did you play the A chord in that special way only to give up on it? Does anyone do it I wonder? For me there are no advantages.

Anyway, lovely box, looks beautiful too.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 15:25:25
 
Echi

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Just wow.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 15:47:36
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to SEden

quote:

Nice. 108 guitars is good going. You must be able to build quite quickly these days?


Thanks, Stephen. I'm still trucking along at around 12 guitars a year, maybe even slowed down slightly as I've gotten a little more finicky about details.

quote:

Olee Andy! Love the sound of that guitar. They are getting more and more refined I feel like. And very clean playing playing too. Is this one for sale or is it a commission? Please tell me it’s a commission so I dont have to think about buying it lol. I need a new guitar. Shoot..I meant to say new car!


Gracias, Jason! Not to worry, this one was a commission. How's your building going?

quote:

Lovely sounding guitar and great playing Andy.

Also...I notice that you use the familiar A fingering.

I'm sure I have seen more than just Juan Martin play the A chord with a first finger barré on E and A with the second finger on the C# but I long ago decided to ignore him. Did you play the A chord in that special way only to give up on it? Does anyone do it I wonder? For me there are no advantages.

Anyway, lovely box, looks beautiful too.


Thanks! The A chord fingering is a bad habit that I still haven't gotten around to fully retraining. The flamenco A chord still feels a little awkward to me, but it does give more freedom for the p and a fingers to add embellishments.

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Just wow.


  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 16:39:54
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Just edited the post to get the video to embed (re: Tom Blackshear)
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Yes, I just heard it. Sounds good and I like the Santos stye rosette a lot.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 6 2019 19:56:11
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Tom Blackshear

quote:

Yes, I just heard it. Sounds good and I like the Santos stye rosette a lot.


Thanks, Tom! Your latest one is sounding great, by the way.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 7 2019 1:39:34
 
jalalkun

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

beautiful, andy !! what do you charge for shipping to germany

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2019 11:38:32
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to jalalkun

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beautiful, andy !! what do you charge for shipping to germany


Thanks, Jalal! I think it would be about $100 extra.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2019 12:30:57
 
jalalkun

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

That's great. the problem with buying overseas is the horrendous customs tax they take.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2019 13:18:53
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to jalalkun

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That's great. the problem with buying overseas is the horrendous customs tax they take.


Yes, so I hear. If it helps put your mind at ease, this particular guitar is already spoken for
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 8 2019 16:41:21
 
jalalkun

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

it kinda doesn't, because you could make another one right?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 9 2019 7:37:37
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to jalalkun

quote:

t kinda doesn't, because you could make another one right?


This is true

Unfortunately, this guitar was damaged during shipping. It's coming back to me for repairs. One crack in top, lower bout. Hopefully I can make it invisible.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 11 2019 0:32:28
 
SEden

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Well we seem to have lost posts here in the great server move of of 2019!

How did the repair go?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 22 2019 9:09:53
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Stephen, it went really well I think. I followed your advice almost exactly except I first had to clamp the crack shut, as the two sides were uneven and it wasn't responding to finger pressure at all. There is a diagonal brace right under the crack, but somehow some kind of impact was enough to do it. The brace only came unglued for a few mm on one side of the crack, and I squeezed some hot hide glue in there when I put in the cleats.
I put the guitar under string tension to clamp the crack shut, then I was able to work in glue with the tape method you outlined. Cleated with hide glue (glad it was a Spruce top so I could do the light inside trick). Finish touch-up is drying now. Thanks again for the advice! I will post a picture when it's all said and done but it should be a basically invisible repair.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 23 2019 1:28:28
 
SEden

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Smashing. I look forward to seeing it.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 24 2019 9:25:23
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

I said I would post a picture but there's not really much to take a picture of... it is still faintly visible where the crack was, if held at the right angle, but it's been under string tension for a few days now and everything seems to be perfectly stable.

Here's the before:



And after:



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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 2 2019 18:01:35
 
RobF

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Wow! Good job on that Andy!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 3 2019 1:50:57
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to RobF

Thanks! Fingers crossed for the return trip...
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 4 2019 0:49:14
 
Ferreirolan

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

#108 made the second journey to Montana safely, so beautifully and expertly repaired that nobody would guess it had ever been injured, and it is an utterly fantastic blanca, finest I have ever played. Amazing work by Andy.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 7 2019 15:59:44
 
Stefan Leon Kelly

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

That guitar sounds brilliant!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 11 2019 1:27:45
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thanks for the kind words, guys!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 12 2019 0:34:22
 
Steve.Toscano

 

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Well done Andy - both on the guitar and the crack repair.
What's the finish? FP?

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Sep. 13 2019 7:15:21
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New blanca (#108) video and pictures (in reply to Steve.Toscano

Thanks, Steve! It is FP.
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