"Having read through this last year - apparently now quite thoroughly enough - I ordered a Taylor strap for my new 614 CE. Sure enough, the strap doesn't fit around the end pin. I figured - incorrectly, sadly enough - that a strap from the…"
I am really considering getting one of the 12 strings - no electronics. Amazon price on the link I posted is now $369!! Amazing - it was over $500 when I first posted it.
Assuming your experience with your 6 string would apply to the 12, do you find that the Craviola has a sound that is roughly equivalent to a "normal" guitar? Also, what is the nut width on your 6 string?
I'd have to go pretty far to find one to play - but there have been no negative comments from those that are familiar with them, which is encouraging.
Are you left-handed, or is your profile picture reversed? If you are lefty, check out Wolfe Guitars inventory - www.wolfeguitars.com - they have a variety of left-handed guitars in their shop right now, including a mint Martin DM (2006) acoustic that I just traded to them.
I actually owned 2 Giannini classical guitars. One was a standard classical which is now my son's and the other is a Craviola which I kept. I purchased the standard in 1971. The Craviola was purchased in 1988. I enjoyed both but later picked up a Ramirez 4E which sounds best of the three as a pure classical. The Craviola is a much larger body and thus has deeper tone. This different tone is why I have kept the Craviola. It has a unique sound which is very pleasing to me.
I had both Giannini's looked at in order to determine what kind of wood they were made of after learning that the 70's vintage Giannini's sometimes used Brazilian Rosewood. They thought the Craviola was definately Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. They were not sure if it was solid or laminated. The standard was also a Brazilian wood called Jicarama (sp?) which looks the color of maple but with a very differnt grain than maple.
I was not aware Giannini made steel string guitars in the 70's. Interesting! I have never seen a steel string Giannini, however, I heard they did produce some in either the latter 70's or the 80's.
Perhaps one of us should start a Giannini group?!? I'll have to Google Giannini and see what happened to this Brazilian company.
As with just about all tunes that I have come up with they just seem to "happen". I realised quickly that this sounded a bit like "classical gas" hence the title. That's about all there is to it.
I was at the songwriter's group reading the comments, and I saw yours. Then I noticed the "strange" instrument in your photo, but I didn't realize at once it was a Brazilian Craviola. I just thought, "hey, this looks a lot like a Portuguese guitar!". No wonder, after 500 years of relationship... Anyway, I came to your page, heard the songs, had a good time listening to them, congratulations! Luis