This is Eric Vaarzon Morel, a great flamenco guitarist. He writes music, opera’s even, teaches at the conservatory of Amsterdam and always has a busy schedule with concerts and performances. Our friendship goes way back and last week he dropped by to demonstrate my 2A flamenco model. His rasgueado’s are so fast, the camera could hardly record them.
Jerry Albrecht bought a 2A flamenco guitar and asked me if I could elaborate a little on the differences between a classical and a flamenco guitar. I guess this might be interesting for other guitarists as well.
Traditionally a flamenco guitar has cypress back and sides, a lower action than its classical counterpart and a slightly different neck angle. Also the top is a little thinner than the one of a classical guitar. To protect the top from damage of the golpes, flamenco guitars have tap plates – the so called golpeadores. Traditionally wooden pegs were used for tuning but nowadays more and more people use tuning machines because this is easier tuning. Flamenco guitars with rosewood back and sides are called ‘flamenca negra’.
The 2A guitars are made in the Picado workshop. The guitars are made by hand after my design. They are made in small series, and varnished in stead of french polished. The guitar which can be heard and seen on the youtube video is a 2A flamenco guitar.