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… paying homage to a primal fiery passion … a skill and technique.
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from <Wikipedia> ….
A flamenco guitar is a guitar similar to a classical acoustic guitar but with thinner tops and less internal bracing. It is used in toque, the guitar-playing part of the art of flamenco.
Traditionally, luthiers made guitars to sell at a wide range of prices, largely based on the materials used and the amount of decoration, to cater to the popularity of the instrument across all classes of people in Spain.
The traditional flamenco guitar is made of Spanish cypress, sycamore, or rosewood for the back and sides, and spruce for the top. This (in the case of cypress and sycamore) accounts for its characteristic body color.
Flamenco guitars are built lighter with thinner tops than classical guitars, which produces a “brighter” and more percussive sound quality. Builders also use less internal bracing to keep the top more percussively resonant. The top is typically made of either spruce or cedar, though other tone woods are used today.
Volume has traditionally been very important for flamenco guitarists, as they must be heard over the sound of the dancers’ nailed shoes. To increase volume, harder woods, such as rosewood, can be used for the back and sides, with softer woods for the top.
… Russian guitarist Estas Tonne at the Buskers Festival Stadtspektakel in Landshut , Sept. 2011 in the Old Town with “The Song of the Golden Dragon” …..
In contrast to the classical guitar, the flamenco is often equipped with a tap plate (a golpeador), commonly made of plastic, similar to a pick guard, whose function is to protect the body of the guitar from the rhythmic finger taps, or golpes.
Originally, all guitars were made with wooden tuning pegs, that pass straight through the head stock, similar to those found on a lute, a violin or oud, as opposed to the modern classical-style guitars’ geared tuning mechanisms.
“Flamenco negra” guitars are called “negra” after the darker of the harder woods used in their construction, similar materials to those of high-end classical guitars, such as rosewood or other dense tone woods. The harder materials increase volume and tonal range.
A typical cypress flamenco guitar produces more treble and louder percussion than the more sonorous negra. These guitars strive to capture some of the sustain achieved by concert caliber classical guitars while retaining the volume and attack associated with flamenco.
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