larryguitar wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:47 am
I’m curious how much Manuel worked with African Blackwood. Did he make many instruments with it? It is certainly beautiful. I’ve never actually held a guitar made with that wood. What is it like in terms of weight?
It’s funny that Manuel started out making guitars from reclaimed Brazilian that he had salavaged from the dining tables of troop carrier ships that were being broken down at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, or so the story goes.
Yes, I have heard that, too, about Manuel's early sources of Brazilian rosewood. Makes sense, he was in the right place at the right time for that.
I know of only one other Velazquez guitar with African blackwood, it belongs to one of our fellow Delcampers. From what I have seen of Manuel's guitars on the market over the last 20 years, it would seem that he built with more varied woods used in the back & sides in the 1990s, e.g., African blackwood and Koa. I have read that African blackwood can be very dense.....the guitar I am selling doesn't feel much heavier than his other guitars, but I do not have accurate measurements to back that up. This guitar does have a very clear, separated voice which may be at least partially attributed to the African blackwood used in the instrument.