Yestra Explorer in actie

Raman Bonte met zijn yestra explorer in actie tijdens de Clash of the coverbands. mahogany explorer yestra explorer in actie Raman Bonte
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Paco de Lucia

I wanted to share this beautifull Solea, You will be missed dear Paco.
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Gitaarbeurs Groesbeek

Zondag 16 februari is het weer zover, de gitaarbeurs in Groesbeek.

Gitaarbeurs Groesbeek

Iedere keer weer is dit een zeer gezellige beurs, naast de stands met gitaren hebben ze ieder jaar een programma met demo's optredens en workshops. Vorig jaar was ik er niet maar dit jaar ben ik er weer bij, dus mocht je niks beters te doen hebben, kom gezellig langs! Wat ik sowieso meeneem: Flamenco Blanca Flamenco Negra Steelstring OM Sitka/cocobolo gitaarbeurs groesbeek Flamenco Blanca
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guitar rosette

I have been working on this new guitar rosette for a classical guitar.

The mosaic design is basically a replica of the rosettes made by Luthier David Rubio. This is the 2nd time I am making a rosette myself, and I have yet to make my own design. I used Maple, Mansonia and Macassar ebony wood for the entire rosette. Mansonia is a rather uncommon wood, the color is green brownish, and I cant wait to see what it looks like once it's finished. The mosaic design is made of 195 strips of wood. click on the pictures to view them in a larger format, pictures will open in a new window.rosette making rosette tiles guitar rosette
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Merry Christmas

Lieve mensen, Dank voor alle steun en vertrouwen het afgelopen jaar, zonder jullie was het niks geworden, dank jullie wel! Merry Christmas en natuurlijk een gelukkig, gezond en muzikaal 2014!Merry Christmas

Gimar Yestra.

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Violins, harp and an organ

Aart Strootman sent me this clip he recorded on his brand new 8 string guitar. He played this piece during his solo cd release concert, and now it's here for you all to enjoy!  

Aart Strootman - Violins, harp and an organ

You can also find this clip on the media page.
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Aart Strootman

Gisteravond presenteerde Aart Strootman zijn solo cd Minimalism in de Paradox in Tilburg met een kort concert.

Ik kreeg de eer om als eerste zijn solo cd in ontvangst te mogen nemen. Tot mijn grote verassing speelde hij maar liefst 2 stukken op zijn gloednieuwe 8 snarige gitaar, die hij enkele dagen eerder bij mij had opgehaald. Er is voor een gitaarbouwer niks mooiers dan te ervaren hoe jou instrument wordt gebruikt waar het voor gemaakt is, het maken van muziek. Aart, Bedankt!
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Aart Strootman 8 string Aart Strootman 8 string axe
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8 string guitar pickups

The 8 string guitar pickups arrived earlier this week.

Which is great because I have been dying to get this guitar ready to play. I still need to do the final setup, intonation and little things like that. Bob Gabriel from 4 season pickups custom made these pickups for me. Specs for this guitar are: Flamed maple Neck, stained light brown, finished with shellack Alder Body, also finished with shellack Gotoh Tuners Graphtech nut Custom made bridge with Graphtech saddles Schaller 3 way switch, 1x volume control Custom p90 style pickups made by 4 season pickups
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8 string guitar pickups 8 string guitar fanned frets I will soon add a new picture gallery with pictures of this 8 string guitar along with a new Flamenco Negra guitar and an OM steel string guitar. Stay Tuned!  
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Mahogany Explorer

This Mahogany Explorer is coming along nicely.

Quite alot of work has been done since the last update on this build. I planed the area where the fretboard meets the body into the right angle and routed the neck cavity. The neck has been shaped and is now glued into the body. The fretboard has gotten its radius, In this case the fretboard has a compound radius going from 12" at the 1st fret to 14" at the last fret. I also worked on the bell trussrod cover which I made out of ebony to match the headstock. A cool little detail that take alot of work.
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Flamenco Negra

I am currently finishing this Flamenco Negra with shellack. There is often some confusion about what the difference is between a flamenco negra and a classical guitar. Some claim a flamenco negra is just a classical guitar with a lower bridge and action. I think the definition of a Flamenco negra depends on the builder.

The way I build a Flamenco negra is the same way as my other flamenco guitar, the only difference being that the wood for the back and sides is a different species (in most cases Rosewood). This gives the guitar a different voice compared to a Flamenco Blanca, but It still react as a true flamenco guitar should: a fast attack with a short sustain, and a lot of power. This guitar should be done fairly soon, so stay tuned for updates and pictures! Flamenco negra Click on the picture to view in larger format.
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