Two new Rosettes off the bench!

Some photos of a couple of recently made rosettes. One made with: Flame maple, Coconut wood, Padauk, East Indian Rosewood, Cherry. And the other primarily Flame maple, Padauk and East Indian Rosewood,
If you’d like a guitar made around one of these beauties, please get in touch!

As shown in in these images the rosettes are finished to the point where they will next be inlaid into a guitar top. The final filling and polishing of the rosettes happen in conjunction with the finishing of the guitar top.

New Rosette is off the bench!

Some photos of a recently made rosette. Made with: Flame maple, Coconut wood, padauk, East Indian Rosewood, Cherry.
If you’d like a guitar made around this beauty, please do get in touch.

Some of the photos are showing the rosette in process and then in when finished. Finished, at least, to the point of inlaying it into a guitar top. The final filling and polishing happens in conjunction with finishing the top.

ไม้ขี้เหล็ก – Siamese Cassia Headstock and Veneer

I owe so much to my dear friends Pi Add and Khun Kung… I live in their house up on the mountain for one!

Over the years Pi Add has been my go-to authority on Thai woods and now and then he passes on some beautiful wood for me to use in my instruments. I still have a little of the extremely rare Mai Rak and he recently they gave me some Mai Bradu which is now resting and drying in my workshop.

Pi Add also gave me some beautiful ไม้ขี้เหล็ก a while back which is English is sometimes called Siamese Cassia among other names. I don’t have enough to use it for back and sides but I do have pieces large enough for a headstock veneer and bridge. I used that wood for those two purposes in a recent Ovankol classical. I wasn’t sure if the bridge would hold up never having used it for that purpose, but now a number of months later I ‘m finding it to be an excellent bridge wood.

I’m now using that same wood on my current guitar, a flamenca blanca, and you can see that in the photos below of the headstock veneer.

I just love the asymmetry of the piece. The bit of Shibumi playing with Wabi Sabi within it.

A new blanca begins

With my most recently worked on classical guitar having left my shop a week ago, I’ve since been pondering my next instrument. I had about 5 Engelmann tops that I joined and rough shaped while I thought about what is next. Now it is decided.

Not a commission, this, next on the table is going to be a flamenca blanca. I’ve spent the last year focusing on classicals and I am going to go back to my guitar making roots and first love, which are flamencos. Blanca – Engelmann Spruce top, probably Canadian Cypress/Yellow Cedar B&S, Cedra neck, traditional ebony tuning pegs. Over the past few years I’ve been subtly experimenting with bracing patterns, primarily making use of a slanted harmonic bar. To my ears the result has been a nice tight fast flamenco sound. I use a 1932 Santos Hernandez as my base and inspiration and on this guitar I’ll be going back exactly to his pattern. She’s going to be fast and light as a feather, gorgeous in view and sound.

Here are some photos from today of the beginning of this new guitar. Setting in the rosette, levelling and setting the sound hole.

A new classical!

Classical – Ovankol B&S/Engelmann Spruce Top
Price and details soon to come!

This guitar has been sitting in my studio for a few months now. I recently reworked the french polish on the top, but the main reason for the delay in posting is that I used a local Thai wood for the bridge (and head plate) that I have never used before and wanted to make sure that it was strong and stable and sounded great as well. I am very happy with this bridge wood. I still have a few more pieces and will use it again on a future instrument.

When compared to the IRW classical that I have in stock, this guitar sounds/feels a little brighter. I love them both. Video with me playing soon!

I’ll be adding the details and a video soon, but for now I’ll add a gallery of some photos that I took this morning. Note that I don’t have a proper photo booth, and simply take them outside on my work bench. Please keep that aspect in mind.

New classical in process

Working on a commission at the moment that will have some interesting and new, to me, aspects to it. Not on the new stuff yet, but thought I’d put up some photos of where I am at the moment. Soon the top, attached to the neck will be going into the solera mould. Bending sides will be coming soon!
March 2 2022 – I’ve just uploaded more photos of this guitar in process. You can see how I’m working with the sound port and the internal support for the arm rest that will go on to the guitar soon. Today I’ve just glued the back on, which secures the neck angle and general structure of the instrument.

All instruments in my studio now on sale!

Good day!

Just a quick notice that I have put a special sale price on all the instruments that I presently have in my studio.

I’ve got
– 2 flamenca blancas now going for $1500 each
– 1 flamenco negra at $3000
– 1 classical going with $3500
– and one tsugaru shamisen set at $1200 or $1400 depending on itomaki/peg choice

This a pretty rare opportunity to pick up some pretty sweet instruments.

For the guitars, please head over to catthompsonguitars.wordpress.com/available

and the shamisen can be found at musicforestinstruments.wordpress.com/shamisen-2/

You can find descriptions, photos and videos at those links.

Cheers and all the very best

Catherine