Stuart Christie Guitars
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My standard classical guitar is small bodied and responsive. It is traditionally made with fan struts and with a spruce top. The design is influenced by Jose Romanillos guitars, and has a system of open harmonic bars which allow the upper bout to contribute to the sound. I aim for a clear focussed sound, with strong trebles balanced by a resonant bass, and with good sustain. I believe that small bodied guitars project better in concert because of this focus.
Cedar Classical Guitar
My design for a cedar classical guitar differs from one made wth spruce. I still aim for the same qualities for the sound, but I do not use open harmonic bars. The fan strutting design in these guitars is based on a Hauser guitar plan.
My flamenco design is a traditional fan strutted guitar, lightly built, with a fast attack and little sustain. The top is of spruce, the back and sides usually uf cypress . I use a 660mm scale. The setup produces a lower action and a lower string height at the bridge, all helping to produce the flamenco sound.
This guitar is made from one of two plans. The first is taken from Julian Bream's 1973 Romanillos guitar, with a small body. The second is from the similar plan published by Jose Romanillos in 2012 which has a slightly larger body. Both produce beatiful guitars. A Romanillos style rosette is an option for these guitars.