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Old 09-18-2015, 01:16 PM
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Default Leonardo Buendia OM - Brazilian Rosewood & German Spruce

Leo Buendia, one of Ervin Somogyi’s current apprentices and an amazing up and coming builder, is wrapping up his 3 year apprenticeship with Ervin and will be moving to his own shop on October 1st in Oakland CA. At the same time, Leo is building for us an amazing OM featuring beautiful straight grain Brazilian Rosewood and a German Spruce Top which is currently available for purchase here at Dream Guitars.

Click here to watch me interview Leo Buendia at this year’s Memphis Acoustic Guitar Festival.

Following are the full specs and some images of this build's current progress. I will update this thread with more pictures as they come available.
  • Soundboard, German Spruce
  • Back and sides, Quarter sawn, straight grain Brazilian RW
  • Cutaway, Florentine
  • 14th-fret to the body
  • Rosette, solid ring wood choice bordered in purfling
  • Bridge, hand carved Brazilian RW
  • Binding, Ebony with black/white purfling
  • End graft, triangular style that matches binding
  • Backstrip, matching with binding
  • Top braces, Sitka spruce
  • Back Braces, Mahogany
  • Neck, one piece Honduran mahogany
  • Headcap veneer, Brazilian RW
  • Back of Headcap veneer, Ebony
  • Tuning Machines, Gotoh 510 Series stealth in gold
  • Fingerboard, ebony with ebony binding and maple purfling
  • Fingerboard Radius, 20′′
  • Position markers, white dots
  • Case, Hoffee custom hardshell case
  • Scale Length, 25” for OM
  • Nut width, 1 3/4” Scalloped and compensated bone
  • Saddle string spacing, 2 1/4” Compensated Bone
  • Finish, nitrocellulose Lacquer














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Old 09-18-2015, 03:47 PM
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Talk about a set of Brazilian!!! Leo builds "remarkable" instruments and I have one on order myself.... This guitars new future owner will be VERY pleased... Thanks for sharing Paul
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Awesome.. Braz set. I once considered to have that Braz set, yet finally decided to upgrade to "Cordoba" braz set. Now I'm kinda thinking I made mistake, lol. This characteristic quartersawn Braz rosewood set tugged at my heartstrings
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Very beautiful wood and work. And, his guitars also sounded Awesome at the Memphis show, so I too think that whoever gets this is going to have an amazing guitar.
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Just fantastic. I love the Somogyi style and he helps produce some incredible talents.
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Solid craftsmanship! Looking great


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Here are pics of the guitar in the finishing process:











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Beautiful.

The headstock is, well, uhm, perfect.
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Again, a future masterpiece by Leo!
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Great googly moogly! I love the details!
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Such clean work, and a beautiful, elegant aesthetic. From tip to tip, this is a beauty!
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Elegantly austere....love the wide ebony binding on this cutaway.
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Elegantly austere....love the wide ebony binding on this cutaway.
That's what caught my eye, as well. The headstock, as Larry pointed out, is also beautiful.
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Following are the final build pics of Leo's OMC which is now available here at the shop - what an amazing instrument. The bass rolls with an enormous force, as though the guitar creates a barometric response you can feel in your bones, like thunder signaling the coming rain. I am touched by Leo's aesthetic, from the headstock to the relief carved into the Brazilian Rosewood bridge above the saddle; you can absolutely feel how passionately each stroke of the chisel fell.

A video of Al Petteway playing the instrument can be viewed here as well:
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This one is a stunner. I actually got to play it at Leo's before it went out to Paul, and it's a beauty. I dissected its tone and what I heard with Leo, and afterward, he said that was interesting because that's exactly the sort of the sound he was trying to build: very balanced, focused and yet still had nice overtones, quick attack without overly long sustain, slight emphasis on 2nd and 3rd string for fingerstyle. It's a great one for sure!
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