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Andy Culpepper

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New Cedar negra 

First flamenco guitar of the new year. I hope everyone is holding up OK in 2021.

The client requested this rosette and purfling design that I had already used on a classical guitar. On this one I decided to also run the purfling around the heel.
This guitar has a very lightweight Cedar top, only 127 grams fully braced! I couldn't believe it because the stiffness held up perfectly fine while thicknessing. 160 grams is more typical for me. It's about 2.1-2.2 mm thick. It's a really responsive and well-balanced guitar, and of course, it's only been played for less than an hour.


















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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 4:28:15
 
RobF

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

That’s really nice work, Andy. I particularly like the tie block and heel-cap work. Good stuff!

*edit* Actually, Andy, the more I look at that guitar, the more I like it. It’s right pretty, as they say.
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ernandez R

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Vary nice work indeed.

A shame you only played for a bit, would have been nice to hear a little more variety. Guessing is best not to play a clients new guitar too much least you golpy a dent hear or there.

The clean quality of your woodwork is always inspiring and gives me something higher to aim for as I build.

Do you find your sound bars need to be much different with a spruce top verses the cedder?

HR

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I prefer my flamenco guitar spicy,
doesn't have to be fast,
should have some meat on the bones,
can be raw or well done,
as long as it doesn't sound like it's turning green on an elevator floor.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 19:23:58
 
JasonM

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Wow Andy, really Nice! I always love your rosettes and your craftsmanship is on point! I love that purfling too. Guitar sounds good it has that cedar sound.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 19:40:58
 
gbv1158

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

very, very nice cedar sound.
and the guitar is really nice - let me sey it in Italian: BELLISSIMA !

Bravo!


ciao,
Giambattista
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 20:12:06
 
mt1007

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Outstanding/beautiful axe man!!! Really nice sound too!!! What is total weight of guitar? Whats the action at 12th fret bass side and action at bridge bass side?

Saludos desde Los Angeles!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 9 2021 20:51:40
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Thanks for all the kind words. Forgot to mention the woods in the rosette and purfling are Bubinga and Spanish Cedar, with Maple veneer lines. Oh and the purfling is super easy to make since it's not all veneers - definitely a plus :)

@ernandez I actually use pretty different bracing for Spruce and Cedar. My "main" bracing pattern has the fan braces parallel under the bridge, which works great for Spruce, but for Cedar I've found it makes for a sound that transitions from "sound" to "noise" a little too quickly when played with a heavy hand. So I use this pattern on Cedar, and the occasional Spruce guitar where I want a slightly rounder tone (not that it can't still have a down and dirty flamenco sound - it certainly can).

@mt1007 The total weight feels pretty normal for my negras (actually haven't weighed it yet but I will). In between a blanca and a classical guitar. Bass action at the 12th fret is 3.0 mm and string height at bridge is 8 mm.

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Filip

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

That's a very nice guitar, I like it.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 10:50:14
 
yourwhathurts69

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Beautiful guitar!
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 10 2021 23:29:40
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Muchas gracias!

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Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Andy,

Can you tune the strings back to normal and play a soleares for me.

I'd like to hear how it sounds.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 12 2021 18:37:11
 
etta

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

To Tom: what does your question mean or imply? It sounds great to me.
  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 12 2021 22:18:18
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Tom, I would do that for you in a heartbeat, but unfortunately the guitar is all packed and ready to be picked up by FedEx tomorrow. Sorry if my toque was unsatisfying

Thanks etta.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 13 2021 4:14:19
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Your guitar sounded just fine but my ear is trained better for soleares, to single out certain string sounds.

My two top builders of interest on this list are you and Mario. Not to discount other builders of excellence.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 13 2021 13:14:19
 
Andy Culpepper

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

I appreciate that, Tom. I also hold Ethan's work in very high esteem (assuming we're talking about the same person).

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 15 2021 3:47:27
 
rombsix

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Andy, you bastard. You've done it again!

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 15 2021 16:07:40
 
Tom Blackshear

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

quote:

Ethan's work


Ethan's work, yes, as one of his guitars was mine if I had the money

And I feel you have come a long way toward being recognized internationally as a master builder. Not an easy path with the guitar.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jan. 15 2021 17:17:12
 
Cervantes

 

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RE: New Cedar negra (in reply to Andy Culpepper

Andy,

As always beautiful guitar and impeccable build.
If I happened upon a pot of money I would be giving you a call.

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