Brian Burns Guitars
Luthier made classical and flamenco guitars

Guitar making instruction

My Guitars
I make Spanish classical and flamenco guitars using a blend of traditional and modern methods and materials. In my late teens I was captivated by the rich tone quality of the instruments that the Spanish builders were making, and have spent close to thirty years working out ways to achieve that sound in my own guitars.

I still use many of the traditional materials like hide glue for assembly, and French polished shellac for finishes, because I think they are the best for the quality of the instrument. Fortunately these materials are still available from specialty suppliers in spite of being “obsolete” by modern standards.

Although these guitars are called “classical” and “flamenco”, they lend themselves to playing a wide variety of other musical styles from folk to jazz to popular.

Most steel string and electric guitar players have never had the opportunity of playing a good nylon string guitar. You can’t go into your average music store and try out a good one, as they don’t lend themselves to factory production. A good classical or flamenco needs to be lightly constructed, with careful attention to wood selection and voicing, and the market for them is too small to interest a factory. That’s a good thing for those of us that love to make that kind of guitar!


The audio quality on these videos is very good---to really hear how the guitars sound,
listen with headphones, or a good stereo system, if you possibly can.











Brian invites you to play
​his guitars.
Brian introduces master guitarist, Daniel Roest.
  1. 21 Euro-spruce cypress
  2. 21 Euro-spruce cypress
  3. 21 Euro-spruce cypress
 Twenty-One
Cypress and Euro-spruce
ultra-lightweight flamenca
A good classical player said "This is a really quick guitar!"
$5500
  1. Body - rear
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    Body - rear
  2. Head - rear
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    Head - rear
  3. Body - Front
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    Body - Front
  4. Head
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    Head
  5. Rosette
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    Rosette
  6. Saddle-Bridge
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    Saddle-Bridge
Brian describes #21

Daniel plays #21
Twenty-Three
  1. 23 Rosewood and Euro-spruce “flamenca negra”
  2. 23 Rosewood and Euro-spruce “flamenca negra”
  3. 23 Rosewood and Euro-spruce “flamenca negra”
Rosewood and Euro-spruce
“flamenca negra”
Somewhere between a cypress flamenca and a rosewood classical.
$5500
  1. Title 1
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    Title 1
  2. Title 2
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    Title 2
  3. Title 3
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    Title 3
  4. Title 4
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    Title 4
  5. Title 5
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    Title 5
  6. Title 6
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    Title 6
Brian describes #23
Daniel plays #23
 Twenty Four
  1. 24 Rosewood and western red cedar classical---“Grampop’s guitar”
  2. 24 Rosewood and western red cedar classical---“Grampop’s guitar”
  3. 24 Rosewood and western red cedar classical---“Grampop’s guitar”
Rosewood and western red cedar classical---“Grampop’s guitar”
A “warm” sounding classical with particularly nice treble, and a fun story.
$5500
SOLD, but two more with Grampop's soundboards are coming in 2018
  1. Title 1
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    Title 1
  2. Rear Head
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    Rear Head
  3. Body
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    Body
  4. Head
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    Head
  5. Rosette
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    Rosette
  6. Saddle-Bridge
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    Saddle-Bridge
Brian describes #24
Daniel plays #24
 Twenty-Five
  1. 25 “Larger model” rosewood and western red cedar classical
  2. 25 “Larger model” rosewood and western red cedar classical
  3. 25 “Larger model” rosewood and western red cedar classical
“Larger" model rosewood and western red cedar classical
A guitar with big bass response that comes with the larger size and lower voicing.

#29 is the same size, with a spruce soundboard

$5500
  1. Back
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    Back
  2. Rear Head
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    Rear Head
  3. Body
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    Body
  4. Head
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    Head
  5. Rosette
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    Rosette
  6. Saddle-Bridge
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    Saddle-Bridge
Brian describes #25
Daniel plays #25
  1. 27 - Rosewood and Euro-spruce
  2. 27 - Rosewood and Euro-spruce
  3. 27 - Rosewood and Euro-spruce
 Twenty-Seven
Rosewood and Euro-spruce classical
My standard model with very well balanced treble and bass.
$5500
Though #27 has been sold, #28 has one of the  34 year old, figured Euro-spruce soundboards from the same batch as #27.

My #28 is an "expanded model", very slightly larger, but voiced the same as #27, with slightly more bass response. It will be back from the French polishers and available at about the end of October 2017.
  1. Back
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    Back
  2. Rear head
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    Rear head
  3. Body
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    Body
  4. Head
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    Head
  5. Rosette
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    Rosette
  6. Saddle-Bridge
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    Saddle-Bridge
Brian describes and strums #27
Twenty-Nine
Rosewood and Euro-spruce classical
A "larger model", not yet French-polished classical, with lots of bass, and treble to match.
$5500
Daniel plays #29
  1. 30 Cypress and Euro-spruce classical
  2. 30 Cypress and Euro-spruce classical
  3. 30 Cypress and Euro-spruce classical
Thirty
Cypress and Euro-spruce
classical
The quick response of lighter weight cypress, but classical guitar sustain. 
  1. Back
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    Back
  2. Rear Head
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    Rear Head
  3. Body
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    Body
  4. Head
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    Head
  5. Rosette
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    Rosette
  6. Saddle-Bridge
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    Saddle-Bridge
Brian describes #30
Daniel plays #30