It's been a long road trying out strings. I'm settled with a combo set. La Bella Flamenco - Hard Tension - Bass set La Bella Classical - Medium Hard Tension - Treble set 2001 La Bella Flamenco (Hard bass) - Classical (Medium Hard trebles) Note Inches lbs E 0.0290 15.40 B 0.0335 11.88 G 0.0410... Continue Reading →
Right hand technique and KT Tape
One of the things I have been struggling since the beginning is my right hand technique. Coming from 30+ years of playing electric/acoustic with a pick, switching over to Flamenco has been tough. One of the aides I have employed is the usage of KT (kinesiology) tape. Since I play a lot of sports, I... Continue Reading →
New Family Member!
It's a new Córdoba 45 Limited Edition! It's a full body classical guitar customized into a Flamenco guitar by Guillermo Rios of Long Beach Guitar Repair. Handmade in Spain with a solid European spruce top and black/white ebony back and sides. 650mm scale. I slapped on some Savarez Tomatito normal tension strings and it surprisingly... Continue Reading →
It was my first time attending the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. It was much bigger than I expected. First stop was to see Flamenco virtuoso Pepe Fernandez at the Solera Flamenco booth. Such a young guy with incredible talent. Then, I went upstairs to the Cordoba Guitars booth to watch Ben Woods, Juanito Pascual,... Continue Reading →
Gear Review: Ernie Ball String Drill
What can I say. This thing rocks! Change your strings in a jiffy! I like it alot. You can find these anywhere: Guitar Center, Strings by Mail, Reverb, etc. Go for it!
Gear Review: Rosetta Products’ Diamond Secure String Ties / Gold Inlay
This is a cool little gadget to keep your strings tidy and help change them quickly without damaging/nicking the finish of your axe. I've been using them for several months now and I'm very happy with this product. Instructions are very easy to follow. Get them here: Rosetta Products These are the little guys that... Continue Reading →
Flamenco YouTube channel
Coming soon from R-13 Studios in Downey, CA will be a video channel for everything Flamenco including gear review, local events, palos, palmas, and even a little Wii Sports. First episode will have Sensei Jose y Randín's take on capos. Stay tuned!
Gear Review – D’Addario Fret Polishing System
Here's an easy way to get that nice, crisp, "new-ish" sound out of your existing strings. Polish the frets! Simple packaging: The inner flap is a polishing template so you don't ruin the fingerboard. Start polishing away. Done in 5 minutes. Restring the guitar. Twang!!!! Verdict: Go get it here: Strings by Mail.
Gear Review – Rosette Products’ Bridge Tie Guard
Up for review is Rosette Products' clear bridge tie guard. A very simple addition to your guitar to protect it from those nasty dings you may get (if) when the string(s) unravel at the bridge. It comes in a nice handy-dandy package with simple instructions. The kit is very easy to install and take 5... Continue Reading →
Final Verdict – Strings
I've pretty much tried them all. Savarez, Belle, Hannabach, D'Addario, RC Strings, Pepe Romero, and on. For my setup (Felipe Conde FP 14N Negra and Paco de Lucia Studio Blanca), the best sounding strings are Savarez's Tomatito T50R NT Flamenco strings. They are normal tension, mixed set strings. Very unique arrangement that gives excellent bass... Continue Reading →