A gallery of past Cumpiano classic guitars

My 45+ years of fretted-instrumentmaking experience have instilled into my work a degree of precision and consistency that only time and persistent attention can achieve. My spanish/classic guitars usually follow the Torres tradition, as exemplified by the makers Manuel Hernandez (1895-1975) and Victoriano Aguado (1897-1982) of the Madrid school, characterized by an optimum lightness of structure that leads to an extraordinary depth, clarity and roundness of tone.

 

What follows is a small sample of the spanish/classical guitars that I have delivered to working artists and serious amateurs around the world.

Macassar ebony/redcedar classic guitar

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Cocobolo/Engelmann classic guitar

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Macassar ebony/carbon-fiber cutaway Spanish guitar

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Osage Orange/redcedar cutaway Spanish guitar

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East Indian rosewood/Englemann spruce classic guitar

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Midwest Sycamore/Pacific redcedar flamenco guitar

Jeff Kust - Autumn Day Suite
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra recitalist

Jeff Kust fell in love with this Sycamore Spanish guitar made in the Flamenco style even before it was lacquered and refused my offer to finish it. He wanted it "just as it is," so, with a bit of trepidation, I relented. He performs with it regularly, and it seems to be holding up beautifully over the years, sans finish. He's sent me his performance of Richard Pick's lovely Autumn Day Suite, recorded on his Cumpiano Sycamore flamenco, below: