Thursday, July 31, 2008
Here's a luthier we haven't run across before. Candelas Guitars is a family enterprise, now into its 4th generation of builders. Candelas started in Tijuana, and is now based in Los Angeles. They build everything from Classical and Flamenco guitars to the full spectrum of Mariachi instruments. And beautiful things we've never heard of before, like a Requinto Jarocho.
Candelas Ukuleles are built by Tomas Delgado. Shown here is a Nunes style Tacote Soprano. The square orientation of the rope binding is quite unique. The top is tacote with cedar sides and back. Tacote (Senecio Albonervius) is a balsa-like wood native to western Mexico and is often used in Mariachi instuments. Just the thing to sing It Happened in Monterey to Annette Hanshaw on! Link