Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by Philipp Lerche » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:43 pm

Absolutely gorgeous !
Maybe I'm wrong but since I read "Akune,Japan" on the inside, I have the feeling to understand your Japan influenced design.
Hats off ! Very beautiful and simple, I love it.
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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by Stephen Faulk » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:49 am

Thank you, I appreciate it.

I moved to Japan four years ago to help my wife with her father after her mother died. Before I moved to Japan I was already a mature guitar maker and Japan has not really influenced my work directly. But since I actually live here, I used the name of the town I live in on my label. Sometimes I also hand write San Francisco or use my old label, it looks more 'Spanish'. It's been a local source of pride among Akune people that I recognize the town on the label. Akune is also famous for the manufacture of Wilson Baseball Gloves.

My main influence in guitar making are Andaluz flamenco guitars and a few Madrid makers. I've had the chance to spend a lot of time with guitars my Reyes, Barba, Manuel de la Chica, Gerundino and Santos Hernandez. Those makers are the core of my understanding and aesthetic, dare I say, the modern Japanese makers are mainly into Ramirez and Archangel Fernandez. When they do go for Spanish work you see the Archangel influence quite a lot.
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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by Philipp Lerche » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:20 pm

Thanks for clearing it up and sharing this part of your story !
It is a nice add-on after my visit your website.

Yeah, it was just that I saw the bottom of your beautiful Hinoki guitar, on the last picture,
which immediately reminded me of japanese shoji .
So I thought that can't be a coincidence.

Thanks also for sharing the builders that influenced you a lot. Things like this are high value information for me.
Though until now, I never ever had a master class guitar in my hands. :)
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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by KamHon Leung » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:11 am

Stephen, thank you so much for your sharing.

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Post by mitch lees » Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:21 pm

Excellent rosette - well done. Just for my future reference, because I have not made a flamenco guitar, do you produce the pegs with a sort of 'pencil sharpener' or cut them on a lathe, and how do you match the peg-hole taper? I have noticed that cello peg cutters and reamers are very expensive.

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by lux » Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:27 pm

Stephen Faulk wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 8:03 am
A friend of mine in Nagoya recorded a sound sample. Even though it is a flamenco guitar proper, flamenco guitars have some versatility, you can make all kinds of music with them.

Sugi usually plays some Brazilian jazzy kind of guitar, I thin this is his own composition..I'll ask. I think he has beautiful tone.

https://soundcloud.com/seablayne/lotus- ... gi/s-wCHbx
Need to change the permissions setting of the sound sample to "public."

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by UPGuitar » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:30 pm

that is a beautiful guitar!
I agree that pegs need some kind of accent on the tip.
it just makes them pop out more and balance the look somehow. I've even put a white for of paint on one's without anything in the past. just for that reason.
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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:26 pm

Wow, what a beautiful looking guitar! I love the look of the woods and the cedar top. Currently, I am using a flamenco guitar, but with a spruce top and laminated sycamore back and sides to play classical guitar music. Thank you for sharing.

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by rojarosguitar » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:58 pm

Looks absolutely gorgeous ... thanks for sharing!
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Post by Zen » Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:10 pm

Lovely aesthetic!
The time between the notes relates the color to the scenes.

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by Malto069 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:20 pm

Sounds as good as it looks too!

Seeing the wonderful use of Hinoki makes me want to return to Shizuoka to build guitars in my retirement. (I'll take some Blackwood, Tiger Myrtle and Sassafras with me)

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by lamanoditrento » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:26 am

Beautiful guitar. What weight did it come in at?

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Re: Stephen Faulk- Cedar top Hinoki back/sides w/ pegs!

Post by mlau » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:22 pm

That's pretty perfect.

By the way, she's your wife now? I thought she was just your girlfriend a few years ago!
In any case, I can vouch that Stephen is a very mature guitarbuilder. Oakland will be the worse off without you.

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