An Art Deco foray

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An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:26 am

I have been making cypress flamenco guitars all year, and I have one half way competed now. When the current under construction is farther along I will continue on this one I have sketched out.

The top is cedar, the back four piece of hinoki cypress, ribs rosewood. Neck has a rosewood fillet. The rosette came about by playing with the compass router and plug cutter drill bit. I edge joined some pieces of ebony with light stripes of cream colored wood and cut it into a circle....

The plantilla will be small, 18" 1/2 " long and 14" wide. A little small not really small. I've made this plantilla twice before with a kind of Hauser-ish parabolic fan five scheme and it is very successful. I might try that again with cedar, but maybe seven fans.

Just though I would throw it out there and update it when it goes farther along.
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:37 am

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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:44 am

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This is what I usually do, straight ahead Spanish style, this is on the current under construction blanca. Sometimes you just have to be different for a day and try a new approach.
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by simonm » Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:45 am

Looking forward to seeing that when it is finished. Have you decided on the binding/purfling(if any) yet?

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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Aaron Green » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:45 pm

I dig it. Are you planning on some purfling around the rosette?
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by janepaints » Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:30 am

Your 'art deco' rosette is lovely. Nice work, creative, not the 'same old same old'.

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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:57 am

Thanks for the encouragement, good to know it's not to far out for everyone.

Aaron, I'm going to wrap it with black lines at least- the interior diameter is 91 mm, there not enough room for a wood border and a veneer line border, so it will get a black bound soundhole treatment and equally wide black lines on the outer circumference. I think. I have more of the same wood black - cream, for a headstock.

I wish I could find some long strips of ebony with the cream colored striations to make the binding, but barring that it will be macassar ebony like the fillets in the back. Not sure which tuner set.
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Jeremy Clark » Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:48 pm

I think it looks awesome! I, for one, am always stoked to see explorations "outside the norm". Kudos
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Wed Oct 26, 2016 12:47 pm

This one is moving along, about another week and I will devote full time to finishing it.

I went with an idea I had about open lateral braces and a long fan all the way up. The plantilla is narrowed down, I have been looking at photos of the Ribot y Alcaniz owned by Llobet, it has a small lower bout I find interesting. If you happen to know the guitar I'm reffering to.
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:45 am

I friend/customer visited my shop to get an adjustment done on the guitar I made for him. He asked me what was up with the cedar top experiment- he made a video of me breaking it down.

This guitar is assembled and I'm putting on the binding. I'm going to visit the US for Christmas holiday and New Years so I'm shipping it to California and I'll French polish it there in my friend Stewart Port's shop in Oakland. Then I'm going to take a four week break from building and paint. Back to the salt mine in Feb. This guitar will be in CA when it is finished. We'll see how this idea works.

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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by printer2 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:24 pm

Saw the video and it looks interesting, can't wait to see more.
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:14 am

I'm bumping this up because someone was looking for it. I have finished this guitar and I'm going to post some pictures shortly. In
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the mean time one quick look:
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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:51 pm

This one is just about wrapped up. It took a while to finish it because I began it in in Japan in some months ago and shipped it from where I live in Japan to California where my family lives. I made this into a project to work on while I visit home over the holidays.

I strung it up last week and am continuing to work on the details and set up. Sound is always difficult to describe, but I'll venture it has a clear bell like sound. A bit "reedy" but not nasal. I'll see if I can find someone to take it for a sound demo.
I think I will continue to make other guitars with the bracing scheme of this one. I think it is a success and a path to work with. My main idea in making this one was to work with a narrower lower bout.

Some pictures. I've already named the woods, but so people don't have to backtrack and reread it: Cedar top, four piece Hinoki Cypress back, Maccassar ebony fingerboard and binding, Indian Rosewood sides.


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Re: An Art Deco foray

Post by Stephen Faulk » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:57 pm

I was inspired to work this out after seeing a photo of a guitar by the Barcelona makers Ribot y Alcaniz- They made studio model guitars around the turn of the 20th century. I'm going call this variation of my own the 'Fin de Siecle' model- This is a photo of the Ribot y Alcaiz guitar that set me going on this project. I liked the shape of the plantilla and the narrow lower bout, and the bridge with rounded wings. Just took on it with a little imagination and let it develop.

I'm currently in Oakland CA staying in Stewart Port's guitar shop. If you live in the Bay Area and want meet and play the guitar before I go back to Japan Jan. 22 please send me a message, I'm leaving the guitar with a dealer in CA. but I would like to hear people play it and get feedback on it before I leave. So if you are inclined to brave the weather I can meet for coffee or you can visit Stewart's shop in Oakland, we are an open house.

The lower picture is my old bench, I used to work in Stew's shop about ten years ago. He's a specialist in Pre war Martin -Gibson and American guitars, always something interesting passing through for restoration. There's a picture of Stewart I took today at his bench on the other side of the wall. he was one of my teachers, employers and an old friend. We're enjoying the company of working together again while I visit. But he's still kind of bossy.........
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