If you missed Darren Hippner's 'spring sale', here's an opportunity to correct that. I purchased one of his Santos Flamenco guitars, and right after receiving it, Darren tempted me with a second, different guitar. So, I will be keeping that second Hippner, and this Santos deserves to find a good home. It is brand new, not played in yet. I've had it two weeks, and enjoyed it greatly. I've tweeked a few items that (in my opinion) were not correct, but it is otherwise as received from Darren Hippner two weeks ago.
- Type / luthier: Hippner Santos flamenco/classical
- Scale length: 650mm
- Top: European Spruce
- Back / Sides: Spanish Cypress
- Fingerboard / (bridge): Ebony Fingerboard
- Sound: Very resonant bass and midrange, quieter on upper trebles
- Condition: New
- Price: US $1200/ Accepting Offers, will consider trades
- Viewing / trial possible: View possible if in Bay Area (NorCal)
- Hard case supplied
I've changed tuners, as the supplied VanGhent tuners were atrocious. I replaced them with a pair of Schaller Hauser style machines. They work very smoothly and look fine on this guitar.
I've also fitted a different saddle, slightly higher. The action as supplied was much lower than I prefer. The action is still quite low, just not as low as it was originally. If I were to keep the guitar, I'd make another slightly higher saddle, and I'll be happy to make one for you if you purchase it. The slightly higher action greatly increased the volume and tone, and helped the 'feel' of the action. Slightly more would probably be better.
I've also changed from the low tension strings supplied to D'addario EXP45 normal tension strings. This also helped the 'feel' of the action.
Hard case supplied.
The price listed above only covers what I paid for the instrument, plus the cost of the Schallers. You may have the VanGhents too, if you would like them. I have not drilled the mounting holes yet for the Schallers, so the VanGhents can be re-fitted without any changes, if that's what you prefer.
This is a great deal, and is about the least price one can find on a true luthier-built instrument. If it does not sell here within a week, I'll list in on *that site*, but I thought that forum users should get first crack at it, as it is a nice guitar with a warm tone. It is not especially loud, at least compared to my Ramirez 1a, or a Gil Carnal currently on loan to me, but it has a wonderful sound, and would do very well as a soulful 'living room' guitar. It does not have that big 'banjo' sound that seems to be all the rage now. What it does have is character, in abundance.
John B (SquibLoad)
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