Many people have issues on the oud with "buzzing". I hope this video sheds light and demystifies issues with buzzing on the oud.
This Hanna Nahat oud was made in 1910, Damascus Syria. It belonged to my clients grandfather, and comes from a family of musicians.. so this oud had a lot of playing on it. Coincidentally it had a lot of bad repairs. As a luthier, one of the most challenging thing about doing a restoration is going over bad previous repairs. The soundboard not being original, it was replaced after realizing the braces were notched behind the fragile bone rosettes. There was no strong emotional attachment to the soundboard which also had long cracks in various places. The oud was restored to "Nahat" parameters. The rosette had some pieces missing, and so not much able to be done about that. Scroll through the slide show to see the work being done in chronological order.
I've been known for my disdain of fusion, however here is a fusion of Latin and Arabic music I cranked out with my friend, fellow musician and luthier, Tony Velez. In this video I play a guitar, oud and violin I made, Tony plays a tres he made. All instruments are available on this website under "Store" tab.
This oud was inspired by the classic designs coming from Aleppo. 600 scale. Beautiful rich delicate tone.
Body length: 460
Lower bout: 377
Upper bout: 377
Body depth upper: 87
Body depth lower: 103
Nut width: 49.5
12th fret width: 58.5
Torrefied spruce top, bird's eye maple sides and back, mahogany neck, bird's eye maple bridge w/ebony saddle, ebony head plate, maple binding.
Very responsive instrument built in the Torres/Romanillos style. Superb tone. For the serious player and collector alike.
, Toreified spruce top, bird's eye maple back and sides, ebony head plate, bird's eye maple bridge, ebony saddle.
For people who don't know or understand. Why does a Stradivari violin sell for $3.6 million dollars? Why would a little cluster of wooden parts be so grossly valuable? A musical instrument is not just a visual work of art. It is not just an audible work of art. It also has to play easy, and it also has to last many years after it's maker. In this case almost 300 years after the maker's death! (Has to survive wars, neglect, abuse, neglect, and not to mention years of the energetic player) Professionals who play this instruments will tell you that a factory made, or less grade will not work for their top notch performance. To the trained hands, these instruments are God. $3.6 million is a drop in the bucket for such splendor. This is why I sacrificed so much to make musical instruments, and why I consider musical instruments to be the highest of all arts. I also wanted to be a little closer to God.
Another great addition to the Vergara guitar collection. Spanish cypress sides and back, ebony fingerboard, 650 scale, French polish, flamenco bracing modeled after Santos Hernandez, this guitar delivers a big punch, crisp rasgueado, powerful lively bases. The traditional peghead is fitted with mechanical tuning pegs with a gear mechanism inside for seamless tuning.
Arabic oud by luthier John Vergara recently completed.
Scale length 590
Walnut bowl, spruce soundboard
Great player and good friend Ivan Gomez stops by to try the new guitars made by John Vergara.. here he tries the "Twin Flame" guitar. His comment in the end, "Nice basses, John"