Tom Blackshear is a living legend in the classical and flamenco guitar
worlds. He’s been building from his shop in Texas for decades, with an
international client base and international prestige, and his older
guitars especially are hard to find and in great demand. This guitar was built in 1987, and was based on Jeffrey Elliott’s “1943 Hauser” plan. The tone is robust, and clear, with bright brazilian trebles, and the kind of nice string separation and clarity that an old German spruce top gives. What sets this guitar apart is that clarity, and string separation. No muddled tone, or too-sweet tone. It’s dry, clear, and strong.
- Tom Blackshear classical guitar, serial # 184, built in 1987; signed on label by the builder; also signed in pencil, on underside of top
- model: based on Jeffrey Elliott’s “1943 Hauser” plan
- Brazilian Rosewood back and sides
- German spruce top
- Brazilian Rosewood bridge
- Ebony fretboard
- Scale length: 660
In spring 2015, in consultation with Tom Blackshear who inspected the instrument in person at his shop and advised on details, the guitar was sent to New York-based master luthier David LaPlante, one of the top finish experts in the country. LaPlante did a French polish refresh on the top, back and sides. There had been a flamenco style clear tap plate installed by a previous owner, and that tap plate was removed, then LaPlante did the French polish refresh and the some addressing of minor tap-plate edge-shadows and various nicks. (note, neck, headstock were not touched and retain their original French polish). The result is a beautiful, thin, French polish that shows off the German spruce top and the Brazilian back and sides.
Amazingly, this guitar is paired with its original sound hole cut-out from the builder from 1987! What a nice touch. See the attached photo showing the original cutout, with Blackshear’s original handwritten notes from the 1987 build right on the wood.
In a hard shell case.