Special sale …until December 31 2020

I’ve decided to put one of my flamenco guitars up for sale with a 25% price reduction. It is the first guitar listed on the page where a person can find a multitude of details and photos, both for this guitar and the others that I currently have available. This one is a flamenca blanca with Canadian Cypress (aka Alaskan Yellow Cedar) back and sides, top and neck. A nice fast playing guitar.
Was $3000, now $2250 USD
It will be at that special price until December 31.

Please head over to https://catthompsonguitars.wordpress.com/available to have a look!

Red Mountain Cedar/Engelmann Spruce Flamenca Blanca

The very first flamenco guitar that I made now has a fine home with the wonderful Carlos Gonzales and here is a video that Carlos sent me of his flamenco guitar teacher, José Poyatos playing it. Sounds amazing and I’m so happy that I can look on this when I want to think of and remember this special guitar!

Price Shift

As part of my trying to negotiate the rather shaky and tricky corona-influenced economic ground of late, I’ve decided to drop the price on two of my available for purchase guitars. Both are blancas and both have Canadian Cypress/Alaskan Yellow Cedar B&S. One has Canadian Cypces top and the other an Engelmann Spruce top.

Both guitars are fast and light and have a nice punchy sound to them, the all CC one especially.

If interested they can be found here on my Available page with full details, photos and videos: catthompsonguitars.wordpress.com/available/ 


New Mai Daeng Tsugaru Shamisen for sale!

Hello! I know that this page is devoted to my guitar making but at the moment I have a Tsugaru Shamisen up for sale and thought it a good idea to put it up here too as well as on my Music Forest Instruments page.
It’s been a while since i last had a shamisen up for sale. This one is made, neck (sao) and body (dou) of a very dense Thai hardwood called Mai Daeng.
Here is a video tour of the instrument. I should have one of me playing it within a few days. Please head here for details: https://musicforestinstruments.wordpress.com/shamisen-2/

Canadian Cypress/Engelmann Spruce Blanca

I’m doing a bit of a push on this gorgeous Canadian Cypress/Engelmann Spruce guitar. Here’s a new video with me playing some party pieces on it in the trees just behind the house.
One thing that I wanted to mention is that though it is a ‘flamenco’ guitar it’s also a great instrument for other types of music when you want something of a nylon string sort. Great for pop, folk, jazz… what have you. A bit ‘punchier’ perhaps than a typical classical as well as a lower action both above the fingerboard and the body.

You’ll find this guitar second down from the top @

Canadian Cypress B&S/Englemann Spruce Top Blanca
$4000 USD includes an Active Series Visesnut case
Visesnut makes brilliant cases. This link is for their base model. Premium cases are available as well.
note: This guitar has Ebony Friction Pegs, They can be easily upgraded to geared pegs for an additional ~ $200

August 2019
650 mm scale length
Full length – 990mm
Body length – 484mm
Upper bout – 273mm
Waist – 232mm
Lower bout- 365mm
Sides – 91mm to 87mm
Neck thickness at 1st fret – 23.5
Neck thickness at 9th fret – 25.5
Back and sides – Canadian Cypress AA
Top – Englemann Spruce AA
Fingerboard – Macassar Ebony
Neck – Canadian Cypress
12 hole Bridge – Bocote
Headplate – Bocote
Binding and backstrip  – Layered Bloodwood and Maple
Tuning – Ebony Friction Pegs – Can be upgraded to geared pegs for an additional ~ $200
Saddle and Nut – Unbleached bone
52mm fingerboard width at nut
62mm fingerboard width at body
60mm string span at saddle
Evo gold frets
French polish throughout,
Clear flamenco golpe (tap) plate

Here is a recent video (March 5, 2020) that I put together to bring this guitar to the fore on various media outlets. Lovely bird sounds!

I put a new saddle on this guitar and here’s a video proclaiming that fact type condition.

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2020 near term ponderings

Hello and happy new year.
Just a short update here.
I’m just about to start on a new video concept for showcasing my guitars. I’m going to start with the Canadian Cypress/Engelmann Spruce blanca that I have available at the moment and will be upping my production values with footage of me playing, some closeups of the instrument itself combined with some voiceover and will also incorporate some images and video of the beautiful forest and mountains where I live in northern Thailand.
Quite excited to get going on this. Should be up online in a few weeks time. Stay tuned!

Four Guitars

Four Guitars

Just a quick hello to let it be known that I currently have four guitars available for purchase at the moment. All are Flamencos with 3 Blancas and one Negra. They are all a little different from each other, both in sound and visuals.

I’ll add a few thoughts on each instrument below and for more details please head over to catthompsonguitars.wordpress.com/available

If any of my guitars are of interest to you, please get in touch and I can go over my honest thoughts in further detail. The prices listed on my site include a Visesnut Active Series Case. The case can be upgraded or not included as you wish and the cost adjusted accordingly.

If you feel inclined to pass this on to friends that you think might be interested via social media etc, well, that would be greatly appreciated!

Sound-wise (which is tricky and nebulous to articulate fully, but I’ll give it a shot) the Canadian Cypress B&S and Top is quite dry in sound and I often refer to it as my Ferrari. Seems very fast under the fingers to me. This guitar has black binding and ebony headplate to nicely counter the pale colour of the instrument.

The Canadian Cypress B&S/Engelmann Top is a bit more resonant than the all-Cypress but still very much in Blanca territory. Maple binding with BWB purfling, and a Bocote headplate matching the bridge.


The Mai Daeng B&S/Canadian Cypress Top feels very much like a classic Negra to me with a fuller, more resonant sound to it. Three-piece back and the sides are Mai Daeng, a local Thai wood, I’d say somewhat close to rosewood in density but not a rosewood per se. Very simple binding with one layer of maple purfling separating the body from the binding which is also in Mai Daeng (lit. wood red).

The Red Mountain Cedar B&S/Engelmann Spruce Top, my first Flamenco guitar (and the lowest in price!), might look like a Negra but the cyrpess-like Cedar B&S puts it solidly in Blanca land. Not quite as dry  as the two Canadian Cypress B&S, I think, maybe.