Flamenco Guitar, custom built

Scharpach

CUSTOM BUILD FLAMENCO GUITARS

Vicente Santiago: “As a flamenco player, I always need the instrument to respond and not to be wondering if at some point the sound of the guitar will break. The sound of the Flamenco1912 is just great: warm, balanced and with a lot of colours, no matter if I was playing forte or piano. I liked playing melody lines especially on the high because I always felt a great harmonic support: somehow I felt there was another instrument accompanying me while playing melodies. ”

I currently offer the Flamenco1912, inspired by Pablo Picasso, as well as custom-made versions, such as the “La Porta” made for Al di Meola. Both have great stories behind them.

Custom-made Flamenco Guitar

THE SCHARPACH FLAMENCO 1912

The design of the Flamenco1912 was inspired by Pablo Picasso. Picasso was a great lover of the flamenco music. His ‘silent’ instrument resembled no sculpture ever seen before. His first model in 1912 was made from cardboard. In 1914, the artist recreated this fragile paper construction in a more permanent and durable sheet metal form. This exceptional piece of art was made for the MoMa in New York in 1912. Key elements of the guitar are the headstock and the sound hole inlay that allude to this fine work of art by Pablo Picasso.

Furthermore, the guitar is built in the style of Santos Hernandez, one of the great guitar makers who lived and worked in Spain in the early 20th century.

bespoke flamenco guitar inspired by Picasso

Guarija played by Vicente Santiago.

Vicente: “The sound of the guitar is just great: warm, balanced and with a lot of colours no matter if I was playing forte or piano. I liked playing melody lines especially on the high because I always felt a great harmonic support: somehow I felt there was another instrument accompanying me while playing melodies.”

Abandolao played by Vicente Santiago

Vicente Santiago performs on the Flamenco1912. A guitar inspired by the design of Pablo Picasso for the MoMa in New York 1912. “As a flamenco player I always need the instrument to respond and not to be wondering if at some point the sound of the guitar will break.”

Al di Meola with the custom built Scharpach La Porta flamenco guitar

Scharpach Flamenco Guitar

LA PORTA: FLAMENCO FOR AL DI MEOLA

A guitar made especially for Al di Meola. The design was based on a story which Al told about his grandfather leaving Italy through an ancient door, hence: “La Porta”. The design of the headstock was taken from and inspired by the design of the ancient stone-decorated wooden door through which his grandfather departed.

Al di Meola also needed easy access to the higher level of the fretboard, hence the extreme deep cutaway.

The great Al di Meola is playing “La Porta”, a flamenco guitar that I built for him.