Originally the flamenco guitar is the same instrument as the traditional classical ones, sharing the light construction, playability and a quick sound response. However, as times went by, flamenco guitar acquired two particular features: the first one was the use of spanish cypress for back and side construction, then a cheaper wood due its abundance in Spain; the second one is a more comfortable string height. This contributed to the characteristic percussive sound of the rasgueados (strumming), a particular feature of the popular guitar styles of the XIX century in Spain.
Therefore, flamenco guitar is known for having a clear, powerful sound, with little sustain. It has a narrower soundbox than the classical ones, avoiding unwanted resonances during rasgueado playing.
Flamenca blanca (Flamenco White):
The typical flamenco guitar. Spanish cypress back and sides. German spruce or Engelmann top.
Flamenca negra (Flamenco black):
Popularized during the 60’s and 70’s by flamenco guitar players that wanted a solo sound close to the classical guitar, more dense and sustained. Rosewood offers a different sound than the one considered traditional for singing (cante) and dancing (baile). However it is a matter of taste.
Indian rosewood back and sides. German spruce, Engelmann spruce or red cedar top.
Flamenca roja (Flamenco red):
Based on the same concept as flamenco black, but with a different touch in sound and aesthetics..
Padouk back and sides. German spruce, Engelmann spruce or red cedar top.
String lenght: 650 mm. (660 y 640mm optional).
Body lenght: 485 mm.
Upper boat width: 290 mm.
Width: 243 mm.
Lower boat width: 375 mm.
Nut width: 52 mm. (Any other measure without charge).
Thickness on the first fret: 19 mm.
Thickness on the twelfth fret: 22 mm.
XX fret: Optional.