These are some recent head designs I've been working on lately. One is a Friederich copy, a Torres, and a couple of my own, including one I call "Excalibur".
Dear Mr. Thames
Your good friend Rene delivered the guitar today at 4pm Singapore time. The moment I set eyes on it after opening the case I was blown away. The french polishing is superb, top notch. I have played Spanish made guitar that is french polished, they cannot compare with yours. The guitar is beyond my expectations.
The trebles have sweet and bright sound and good sustain. Bass have strong and deep tones. All round very good volume and projection, good enough for concert playing.
Overall very very satisfied with the guitar. Everything I have ever wanted in a guitar. You make wonderful and beautiful sounding guitar.
Below is a video of Peter Pakhomkin playing this guitar shortly before send her across the ocean.
This guitar went to a client in Hawaii last week.
Here is my mini review of the new double Cedartop guitar:
The guitar is a cannon...a beast to play! The basses are crisp and trebles are strong... a well balanced guitar ready to play a concerto. The sound is assertive and will only get stronger as time goes on. This is a real concert guitar better than the double spruce top that you made for me. Though the Sprucetop has increased in volume and character, it would be interesting to play both guitars side by side.
Below is a video Mike Dezavelle made before shipping her out. Mike uses the Abel Calavero technique choosing not to use a thumb nail.
This guitar is for Larry McDonald. It features a top made from a cedar tree that was 500 years old that fell naturally. I call guitars made from this wood "Ancient Dragons". The back and sides are 50 year old Indian rosewood. And the rosette is styled after Torres. All French polished.
With the recent ban on shipping rosewood internationally, Ive decide to use Zirocote as the wood of choice for my international model guitars, as well as my national. In fact, Zirocote is the closest in tonal qualities to Brazilian rosewood that I've come across, and is at the top of my list as far as tone woods for the back and sides. Strikingly beautiful, with a rich chocolate brown color, and spiderweb Brazilian-esq grain.
Zirocote is not a rosewood species, and there is no rosewood on these guitars making it care free for international shipping. The Torres Greek-key inlay is optional.
This guitar is not for sale.
Matt Palmer performs "Neil Gow's lament for his second wife" and "Julia Florida" by Barrios, on a Michael Thames Torres La Leona copy guitar.
In Late June the incomparable Matt Palmer flew to Santa Fe, NM to record a series of videos and CD on a Torres "La Leona" copy guitar I made for him special for this occasion. Photos of this guitar can be found here in my blog. Stay tuned for more in this series of very special videos.
Two cedar guitars. Both have cedar tops from a 500 year old cedar tree. I call these special guitars Ancient Dragons.
I used some familiar Torres themes in the lovely guitar for Alex.
A client asked for a Torres FE17 sounding guitar without all of the fancy inlay so, I made this for him.
I received some very special rosewood sets from Rahoul Waghmare from India. The wood was sitting around my shop talking to me, asking me to make them into a guitar or two..... so I did. This guitar has a 30 year old Engelmann spruce top full of striking medullary across the entire top. Select Indian rosewood, and entirely French polished. With Gotoh premium tuners.
Extremely nice crystal poppy trebles, and dark rich basses. Volume is never an issue with my guitars so I won't comment on that.... ha! Very special guitar. I made a sister guitar to this one out of the exact same back and sides except with a dark 500 year old cedar top, that will be available sometime next week as well.