For my second guitar, I want to build a Flamenco Blanca, applying what I can from my new Gore/Gilet books, as well as what I learned from Roy.
I've found a number of references to good/classic Flamenco design in 'the books' (1-91; 3-38-40), which can be summarised as follows:
- Cypress back and sides less than 2mm thick
10-15mm shallower body depth
Bridge weighing less than 15g
Light-weight (e.g. cedrela) neck
Tentellones for top lining
1. Is a bolt on neck still preferable for a Flamenco build? I know Gore/Gilet provide good reasons why it should be used, but in the case of a Flamenco, where some of what is taken for granted with a classical is turned on its head, would a traditional heel and wedge be more conducive to the classic sound, especially if I'm trying to save weight everywhere else? Is it the case of a compromise: weight or neck adjustment?
2. Is there a recommended wood for the soundboard? Historically, spruce has been most popular. Would you recommend I buy Engelmann or Alpine/European spruce? Does it matter, if I take into account 4.5.2 and 4.5.3 in the design book?
3. Given the choice, a rosewood fretboard would save some weight and seems to be recommended over ebony. I used Rocklite on my first guitar, which was easy to work with.
4. Are there any suggestions for innovation? I see Hanika's top of the line Flamenco is lattice braced. The guitar is for my personal use and I don't mind design features that are considered unusual as long as there is good attack and the sound remains 'dry' and cutting.
5. Are there features of the plans in the build book that I should refer to for my Flamenco? I was planning on being guided by Roy's Santos Hernandez and Barbero plans.
Thanks for any advice. I'm looking forward to getting to know the books.