Barcelona Model

Maple 12 Resize
Details

Materials

Soundboard:           European Alpine Spruce

Back & Sides:           Figured Maple

Fingerboard:            Indian Ebony

Bridge:                        Rosewood

Finish:                         French Polish


Dimensions

Body Length:                  486 mm

Upper Bout width:       270 mm

Lower Bout width:       360 mm

Body depth:                    96-100 mm

Scale Length:                 650 mm

Nut width:                       52 mm





Design

Hommage - The body shape & decorative style of this model was inspired by various guitars made in the early 20th century by Enrique Garcia, Francisco Simplicio and Ignacio Fleta.

Body shape - Rather than make an exact copy, this model is an original design derived from a few different instruments made in the 1920's & 30's. My design approach was to follow the important body dimensions and bracing pattern from past instruments and then redraft the curvature of the body shape.  This method creates a similar, yet unique shape that functions in a similar manner to the original instrument, whilst having an aesthetic identity of it’s own.

Decorative style - The decorative style of this guitar model is achieved by combining simple lines of various colours, with handmade herringbone pattern & mosaic tiles to create the impression of an ornate and complex inlay pattern.  All of my inlay work is made from scratch in the workshop, starting out as thin sheets of coloured timber veneers which are planed by hand to various thicknesses to achieve a variety of bold & thin lines used throughout the inlay design.

Soundboard bracing pattern - Featuring a spruce soundboard with 8 fan bracing pattern underneath the soundboard.  This bracing system creates a guitar with a dark & intriguing tonal character, perfectly suited for intimate venue settings.

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Barcelona model rosette made entirely by hand from coloured timber veneers

Materials

Soundboard - The spruce that I use for my guitars comes from Switzerland, Italy & Austria and is harvested from trees growing in high altitude forests.  Trees living in this type of environment grow slowly, putting on a very thin layer of growth per year.  This translates into a soundboard that is stiff and strong which means the membrane can be made thinner and more responsive whilst maintaining adequate structural integrity.

Back & sides - The maple comes from old growth trees sourced from well managed forests in Austria.  The trees are harvested manually in a traditional & sustainable manner, which uses little machinery and causes minimal impact to the surrounding forest. This maple comes in beautiful variations such as fiddle back, shell & birds eye figure as well as plainer pieces with low to moderate figure that are also very attractive.

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figured maple back and sides harvested from the Alpine meadows in Austria

Varnish

French polish is a technique that is used to apply spirit varnish in an extremely thin coat.  The varnish itself is made from shellac resin dissolved in alcohol and creates a super thin & flexible finish that has very low damping effect on the guitars sound.  Whilst a relatively delicate finish, French polish is very easy to repair and can be re polished at anytime to re invigorate the appearance of the guitar.

Making the 'Barcelona' model