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現在制作中のギターのプレビュー!   今現在、工房にて19世紀後半に流行したパーラーギター(Parlour guitar)のデザインに基づいた「小型アコースティックギター」を製作中です。 サイズ的には「Martin Style 1」に近く、それよりは下方が少し細いめのボディーになります。 ライトゲージ弦でのフィンガーピッキング、またはピッキング演奏に適してます。   日本での友達やギター好きの多くは、アコースティックギター演奏者のため、今後はこれまで同様クラシック・フラメンコギターに加えて、アコースティックギターも制作していきますので、お楽しみに!   アコギの値段の設定は、いくつかのレベル分けをする予定です。 複雑な構造で、凝ったデコレーションであれば、値段もプレミアムにどうしてもなってしまいますが、カスタムギターであってもシンプルな装飾で、小型モデルであれば、料金は低めに設定できます。   ちなみに、現在制作中のモデルのスペックです。 ・トップ:スプルース ・サイドとバック:サイプレス ・バインディング:レッドオーク(九州)   カスタム・アコースティックギター制作に興味のある方は、資材の選択、デザインなどお気軽にご相談ください。   また、カスタムギター製作以外にも、Martin社公認マスターリペアサービス提供者の元で習得した技術を元に ・アコースティックギター、ビンテージギターの修理 ・弦楽器全般の修理 も承ります。   今後もFBで制作過程を更新していきますが、お近くの方はいつでも工房に遊びに来てください。 ギターが工房にある場合は、試していただけますので、お待ちしております!   スティーブン

Hinoki – Part 3 – A short story about sourcing wood.

I told a tale of cutting down a Hinoki tree, and chainsawing it into quarters and processing it… This rendered wood that I can use for braces in a few years. Not a big tree, but worth the trouble and a good experience. The fellows that have been helping me scout for more Hinoki said we’ll find a tree one meter in diameter in the mountains and go cut it down. I was thinking that will be a back breaker of a few days and then 5 to 7 year wait for wood to dry. Alas a good idea, but not what I really and truly wanted to go through, …

Part 2 ~ Hinoki Cypress – Port Orford Cedar- Lawson Cypress

I’m writing about the guitar making process on my website blog. I’m using Hinoki which is a Japanese Cypress which promises to make excellent flamenco guitars. The Hinoki is a cypress native to Japan and it grows all up and down the archipelago. It’s very similar to Lawson Cypress AKA Port Orford Cedar. A look at botanical class: Port Orford Cedar- Lawson Cypress and Hinoki share the same botanical classification right down to Genus, Chamaecyparis, then split into two distinct species. Kingdom: Plants Division: Pinophyta Class: Pinopsida Order: Pinales Family: Cupressaceae Genus: Chamaecyparis Species: C. lawsoniana Hinoki – Chamaecyparis obtusa: Lawson Cypress – Chamaecyparis lawsonia They share a …

Part 1~ Hinoki Cypress Flamenco Guitars under construction

The beginning of two Hinoki Flamenco guitars. Hinoki is a cypress native to Japan. I have locally sourced aged Hinoki lumber which I have resawn into backs a sides for guitars. I expect this wood to produce excellent flamenco guitars. Photos: The preliminary thickness in MM on the back. It will go down to about 2.5 mm to 2.3 mm Using Japanese Kanna to plane ribs, smooth finishing with a Western plane. Glue brush. I use hot hide glue for the majority of my work. Neck blanks being assembled in a climate controlled room.  I do all my joint gluing and assembly under strict climate control.      

Bulgarian Tambura made in 2011-12 – Roberto Zamora plays Moron falseta

Roberto Zamora is a well known and loved flamenco singer and dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I just picked up an email from him today and it reminded me of the Bulgarian Tambura I made for him. Roberto told me one day that he has a secret project that he does not tell many people about. He plays and studies the Bulgarian tambura with a Bulgarian Gypsy in the East Bay. He asked me to make him a high quality tambura and gave me one of his student instruments to examine and copy, but with excellent materials and attention to sound production. We worked together and came up …


Koa Concert sized Ukulele-

      I’ve been building ukulele again. Here is a custom uke from a few years ago.       And here are few photos of the uke I’ve been working on. It’s finished now and I’ll take final pictures and post a sound sample soon. In the mean time a few photos of how it looked during construction. This Koa Uke is for sale for $950.00 – and I’m always taking custom orders for ukulele, contact me for prices and options. Ukes are fun to build, like little gems. Stephen  


Starting my blog here again as brand new!!

Short essays and observations about flamenco and classical guitar making. Stories about making guitars as an American living in Japan. My other interests are playing the cello, flamenco guitar and painting landscape paintings. Please ask questions about guitar making or living in Japan. To contact me about commissioning a custom guitar, please feel free to write to me.