7 string classical guitar in rosewood, ebony, spanish cedar and spruce

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Project by Loren posted 04-16-2013 12:39 AM 4327 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged loosely about the construction of this guitar here


7 strings
650mm scale.
French polish finish
Ebony fingerboard
spanish cedar neck
Indian rosewood back and sides
Ebony binding
purfling in ebony, maple and holly
braced as a “flamenca negra”
14 hole flamenco bridge
soundport cutaways allow extended access to upper fret positions without the usual wrist contortion.

Usually tuned in 1 of these:
AEADGBE (jazz)
BEADGBE (jazz, classical)
CEADGBE (choro)
BEADGCF (perfect 4ths)

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 01:38 AM

Beautiful woods! Very nicely done

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 01:47 AM

Looks great.

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 01:55 AM

Beautiful work ,very very nice.


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#4 posted 04-16-2013 02:31 AM

Loren that finished product looks great. Hope it sounds as good as it looks. Enjoy your new guitar! I’m jealous now

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 02:37 AM

It sounds pretty good for a guitar just strung up…
very responsive. I’m rusty on 7 string since
I have not played one in about 5 years and I was
not very good then anyway.

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 01:01 PM

Thats sweet!

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 12:29 AM

Twice the challenge of normal woodworking – not only does it have to look good it has to sound good as well. The sculpted out side at the top create real visual interest and must have been complicated to make. Well done, beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 12:48 AM

Yeah, it was maddening. Ebony is tricky to bend normally, but
those sharp curves on the top and the compound curved
binding on the side were especially crazy-making.

I mixed 2 part epoxy with black aniline dye powder to fill
the flaws in the teardrop soundhole bindings… it dried
greyish but when french polished it turned black and
matched the ebony so well it vanished. Lucky for me.

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 11:46 AM

Nice looking piece. Never heard of a 7 string guitar before. Does it have some kind of historical significance? How is it tuned compared to a traditional 6 string? I tune my 6 string to a drop D configuration a lot and love the resonance that I get. I mainly finger pick so it’s great with the 2 D strings.

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 03:30 PM

7 string guitars have been around for a long time, actually,
but they’ve become more common among musicians playing
some styles in the last 20 or 30 years. Among jazz and
nylon string playes, generally the low 7th string is used
to play extended counterpoint not available on a 6 string.
Electric guitar players often use it for a distorted heavy metal “crunch”.

I’m tuning this one in perfect 4ths – B to F

There is a Russian 7 string tradition (Yul Bryner played)
as well, but the tunings were usually open or in
something like minor 3rds so the range of the
Russian 7 string is not any more than a standard
6 string and may in some cases be less.

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#12 posted 04-26-2013 06:01 AM

Wow..Tons of work…well done..maestro

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#13 posted 07-02-2013 03:41 AM

I somehow missed this when you first posted it. Fantastic work… I’d love to play it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 07-02-2013 09:06 AM

Highly impressive. I have bent a string or two in my day, with inferior results, but making a guitar and a violin are on my bucket list. I’m not sure ill ever get up enough nerve.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#15 posted 07-02-2013 03:33 PM

Well, I encourage you to give it a try. There are many discrete
steps but none of them are enormously difficult to execute
or complex to understand.

One has to go through learning some new skills and ways
of working on a first guitar and some new tools must
be made or purchased. My first took me at least 6
months to finish it as each major stage involved making
some tool or jig.

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