About our Flamenco Guitar collection
Essential to the traditions of Flamenco, the high-tempo Toque is characterised by the vibrant tones of a Flamenco Guitar. The Toque is the Flamenco guitar element of the performance, an important aspect of the musical side of Flamenco. Traditional Flamenco is made up of several different components which work together to deliver the final performance. Other than the Toque, you find the Baile which is dance, the Cante which is the singing aspect and the Palmas too, which is the distinctive hand clapping.
Here at El Mundo Flamenco we specialise in Flamenco guitars from genuine Spanish luthiers, all well versed in traditional Flamenco guitar manufacturing processes. The Flamenco guitar is not entirely dissimilar to the more popular Classical guitar but they do serve different purposes. Flamenco guitars themselves embody distinctive tones, being brighter and more vibrant in sound when compared to a Classical guitar. When a Flamenco guitar is played in the Toque they provide the performance with its essential rhythm and atmosphere.
Brands such as Alhambra, Burguet and Camps are specialists in their fields, producing beautiful sounding Flamenco guitars. As mentioned these Flamenco guitars are built to traditional specifications and utilise tried and tested methods and materials to achieve the very best Flamenco sound.
Flamenco Guitar Construction
Construction of a Flamenco guitar focuses on the weight and the final sound that it will produce. Weight is always a factor for a Flamenco guitar as it is a true performance instrument, not just for the studio. To produce the distinctive Flamenco tones associated with the performance, manufacturers use softer and thinner woods for the tops of the guitars and harder woods for the back and surrounds. This approach gives the effect of amplifying and boosting the sound levels that are produced, essential in the Toque if the guitar is to be heard above the footwork and handclaps of the performance.
Here at El Mundo Flamenco we have a wide variety of Flamenco guitars available, stocking models which cater for different proficiency levels and budgets. We regularly update our stock however if you are unable to find what it is you are looking for or would like more information on a specific model then please feel free to get in contact with us or come in and see us at our central London store.