A flamenco guitar, a specific percussive design, a low action, an instant responding sound
The flamenco guitar is built almost in the same way as a classical guitar. Most great luthiers start learning the art of artisan guitar making by studying legendary masters such as Antonio de Torres, Marcelo Barbero, Antonio de Lorca or Santos Hernandez. Once familiarized and after many years of hard work, devotion and research, luthiers eventually define a personal style, specific design and sound. The main differences between a classical and flamenco, relate to a specific flamenco guitar styling, materials being used, variations in chosen woods thickness and adjustments. It all starts with making a mold (solera). Every luthier has different systems for using moulds and soleras. Step by step the flamenco guitar is constructed with the soundboard facing down in the mold. The differences in flamenco guitar designs and construction methods vary from one maker to another.
Compared to a classical guitar, both the top, sides and back are made thinner, the flamenco guitar body is slightly shallower and the setup of the bridge and the saddle height is lower. To better understand this we invite you to read our pages Flamenco and Classicals. Traditionally and specifically for a flamenco guitar, different woods are used. Spruce is the most common used wood for making blanca flamenco guitar tops or soundboards. Cedar is also used occasionally. The best quality spruce is German spruce coming from the forests in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the former Yugoslavia. The sides and back of a blanca flamenco guitar are traditional made of cypress. This Cypress wood gives the flamenco guitar its typical dry, percussive, bright and clear, crispy sound. Sides and backs of a negra flamenco guitar are made of rosewoods giving the guitar more sustain and depth of tone. For more details regarding the different woods used in building a flamenco guitar, we welcome you to read our pages Blanca and Negra or to visit our pages revealing the specific woods used for flamenco guitar soundboards and sides or backs.