Charlie G Jackson – Photographer

I met Charlie G Jackson when we first came to Spain about 4 years ago.  Charlie is not only an excellent photographer, but a good electric guitarist as well.  He was also raised in Africa, hence the great connection we have developed.Charlie is a real character, his enthusiasm for life

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Flamenco Guitar – Chocolate Mango Coming Soon…

As anyone who has looked at my website will know that I love many of the African tonewoods. I am continually on the look out for unique back and sides set and I recently came across a beautiful set of Chocolate Mango from Africa. I decided that it would make

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Maestros De La Guitarra – Guitar Recitals

  La Herradura is an amazing place for musical activities. Not only do we have the Andrés Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition in November each year, already mentioned in a previous post but a host of other events on a weekly and monthly basis. We have Cuban music on a

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Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition

La Herradura in Granada Province, Andalucia, Spain was the adopted home of Andrés Segovia, father of modern classical guitar playing. This year between the 19th and 23rd of November, we attended 29th Annual Andrés Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition, the fourth one that I have personally been to. The final

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Custom Guitar Maker and Master Luthier Stephen Hill

I first saw Stephen on video after my wife Sheila came across his website during a web search for custom guitar makers and courses on how to build a traditional Spanish guitar. Stephen, a master luthier of some 25 years (at the time) not only built magnificent guitars in the

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Classical and Flamenco Guitar Strings

There are many technological elements which may determine your guitar string selection. The properties of the sound and response of a particular string can have a significant impact on both you and the instrument. The relative hardness of a string’s component parts in conjunction with the various treatments the strings

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Care for Your Hand Crafted Guitar

When not being played, your hand crafted guitar should be kept in and protected by a rigid and well fitting guitar case. You should make sure that the guitar fits comfortably into the case so as to avoid any movement but also to make sure that there is no pressure

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Selecting Tonewood for a Hand Built Guitar

Selecting the tonewood for your own hand crafted guitar is an exciting prospect. The process of tonewood selection and then having your dream guitar built by a luthier who is in tune with your needs, can be both incredibly intense and satisfying. There are a number of key considerations when

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Luthier, Lutherie and Hand Crafted Guitars

In my view, the most important aspect to consider when deciding how to have your hand made guitar crafted, is not your choice of wood, but the Luthier you choose to build it for you. Two luthiers with a remit to produce the same guitar from the same elements may

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