Guitarists who love the beauty of the traditional Spanish guitar sound will find in Joseph Slack’s instruments the ideal combination of qualities:
refinement of tone, powerful rapid response, and playability.
Over the last two months, I played a number of guitars by some of the finest and most respected Spanish builders of the last 50 years, all excellent concert instruments by any standards. At the end of this period I chose to purchase one of Mr. Slack’s guitars because I preferred the sound.
Players will immediately notice the innate musicality of his guitars. The blending of harmonies and the ability to control timbre is outstanding.
Although I would call the overall tone of his instruments sweet, there is plenty of power available, and to my mind one of the most beautiful
rasgueado sounds I have heard.
— Robert Guthrie
La Cachucha performed by Nathaniel Earhart on a Joseph Slack Spruce top guitar. This is a traditional Spanish guitar with a true Spanish sound. 7 fan strut design, Indian rosewood back and sides, Spanish cedar neck and African ebony fret board. French polish finish. 655 scale. All hand made.
Spanish Dance #4 played by Nathaniel Earhart
Nathaniel Earhart performing “Sevilla” at Brazos River Studio
Mallorca, played by Nathaniel Earhart
Sonata 213 by Nathaniel Earhart
Passacaglia performed by Nathaniel Earhart on a Joseph Slack Classical Guitar
Thank you so much for helping me over the last few months with getting a wonderful instrument. I just love my guitar and I am so grateful you took the time to make such a beautiful instrument. The part I like most is how it sounds. It is beautiful to look at, to play and to listen to. This must be your best one yet! and I am so proud to own it. Thank you for all of your kindness and patience with my questions. I really appreciate your time and consideration.
P.S. I plan on keeping this for a long time….unless you build a more fantastic one!
Miller’s Dance performed by Kyle Comer and Adam Blailock on a pair of Joseph Slack Cedar topped and Spruce topped Classical Guitars
“Rondo Duet” performed by classical guitarists Kyle Comer and Adam Blailock.
Announcement Courtesy of Professor Stacy Arnold:
Everyone is invited!
This Friday, Sept. 28th at Dallas Baptist University’s Music Dept. in Horner Hall (The Music Bldg.), room 210, from 2-3:30, we will have a visiting lecture/demonstration by Classical guitar builder (Luthier) Joseph (Joe) Slack (www.josephslackguitars.com).
Joe will discuss the history of the modern Classical guitar and it’s connection with Antonio Torres (Spain), and the history of the steel-string acoustic guitar and it’s connection with C.F. Martin. Joe began his guitar-building history in the construction of steel-string guitars and later began to build nylon-string classical guitars through the inspiration and encouragement of the famous and well-known Texas Luthier Tom Blackshear.
The demonstration will include samples and sound demonstrations of the raw materials (different types of wood) of the tops, backs, sides, and rosettes of both Classical guitars and steel-string acoustic guitars.
Professors (and students) of guitar programs at local Universities and community colleges in the D/FW area who are looking to build or strengthen their classical guitar programs are encouraged to attend.
This special lecture and demonstration will be both entertaining, informative, and enlightening. We look forward to seeing you this Friday at Dallas Baptist University!
Professor of Classical Guitar Studies
Dallas Baptist University
A duet performed by Kyle Comer and Adam Blailock on a pair of Joseph Slack Cedar topped and Spruce topped Classical Guitars