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AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top, DOUBLE TOP Contreras style. African Padauk and Snakewood bindings, Ebony bridge, armrest and violin tie. 16" Radiused Ebony Fingerboard. 640mm, Exclusive handmade Luxury Marquetry, Bronze carved tuners, Lute type soundport in left upper bout, special cutaway. Handmade Embossed Leather case included !  "The kiss" or "The Spider"
This is the third time in all these years and over 1050 instrument built to date that I come across an amazing set of Brazilian Rosewood. It is stunning and it shows the shape of a Tarantula in the upper central section of the back. After receiving a comment by one of her admirers a few minutes ago, I also see two profiles kissing each other... Therefore, her new name is "The kiss". Naturally, she will be "The spider" those who like this controversial animal...  for The 2 pieces of the back are so perfectly bookmatched that it looks as if one half was standing next to a mirror...perfectly bookmatched!  It was shipped from South Western Brazil and the writing on the box said "Palosanto de Brazil con forma de Tarantula" (Brazilian Rosewood with the shape of a Tarantula... ). The resulting guitar had to be perfect ! I made her a double top Contreras style because the second Brazilian Rosewood top gives an amazing resonance to the guitar. It also eliminates the need to constantly pamper the guitar which is crack practically proof (Brazilian Rosewood is one of the most delicate species when it comes to caring for the instrument. Sudden changes in humidity, cause crack to appear almost immediately. With the double top Contreras style construction, this problem disappears completely). I indulged in using the most delicate marquetry made of African Padauk and decorated the headplate with stripes of Snakewood. The triple wood reinforced neck with Maple and Rosewood with the grain perpendicular to the Mahogany neck, creates a sturdiness that will ensure a perfectly straight neck for centuries. The special cut, which is the special touch of my #1 master luthier is perfect and looks beautiful and shows the master luthery that this instrument possesses. Recuerdos de al Alhambra came spontaneously to me because she's got a pure Spanish Sound and few pieces represent Iberia better than Recuerdos. The notes flow easily and she feels amazingly easy to play thanks to the 640mm scale, slim neck and the 16" radius. This is one of the most amazing instruments you'll ever see or hear.
The Spider Guitar
The lovers' Kiss

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Contreras Style Double top
Making the Contreras style Double top

The double top Contreras style was developed and introduced by  Master Luthier Manuel Contreras the II at the end of the 70s and reached its peak in the 80s. The word "Tapa" in Spanish translates to top in English but it refers to the back of the instrument. Therefore, Contreras doble tapa is actually a "Double back". He developed a few variations.  The second Brazilian Rosewood top (Contreras style) is held against the back with less than 1/2 millimeter space and ensures back rigidity and stiffness, and makes Brazilian Rosewood immune to cracking and less needy of pampering. 
 

 

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AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top
AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top

AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top

AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top

AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top

AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top

AMAZING Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Hauser Braced Cedar top
 


 
 


 

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